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Your resume should include the following:
- Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address
- Avoid nicknames.
- Use a permanent address and telephone number. Use your parents’ address and number or the address you plan to use after graduation. If you have an answering machine, be sure to use a professional/neutral message while in the interviewing process.
- Objective or Summary
- An objective tells potential employers the sort of work you are hoping to do.
- A summary is a brief description of your skills, background, and experience. Many employers now prefer a summary to an objective.
- New graduates with less than 3-5 years of work experience should list their educational information before their work history. Be sure to list your most recent educational information first.
- Include the degree earned (A.S., B.S., B.A., etc.), major, and institution.
- Mention any academic honors.
- Work Experience
- Briefly give the employer an overview of employment that has taught you skills. Use action words to describe your job duties. Use a bullet format rather than paragraphs.
- Be sure to list your experience in reverse chronological order – that is, put your last job first.
- Be sure to include the title of the position, the name as well as the city and state of the company, dates of employment (be sure to provide month and year).
- Other Information
- Computer Skills
- Leadership Experience
- Volunteer Organizations
- Other Extra-Curricular Activities
- Run spell check before anyone sees your resume.
- Get a friend to do a grammar review. Then ask another friend. Then ask another friend!