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HOW TO WRITE A RESUME

A potential employer sees your resume before they see you!  It should exemplify your qualifications and job history.  Does your resume reflect your experience?  Use these tips  to revamp your resume:

Resumes should be kept to one page if possible.  Under no circumstances should they be over two pages.  The type should be no smaller than 11 and the margins no less than half an inch.

Only chronological resumes will be accepted.  Summary resumes are not appropriate for our purposes.

Be sure your name and address are at the top and centered, along with the phone numbers where you can be reached (home, work, cell, if possible).

Your education should come next. List it in order of importance; if you have a Master's or Ph.D. degree, list it first, then Bachelors degree. If you have more than one degree, list the latest one first with the dates of completion for each degree. If you do not have a degree, list High School and when the diploma was received. Also, some of your more important training classes can be listed at the top if you are non-degreed, but only those relevant.  If you have worked towards a Bachelor's degree but have not completed it, please note this, including what has been completed and how much is remaining.  Do the same for Master's degree. 

Job experience should come after education, with your current or most recent job first. When listing your work experiences, include the company name, city, state and your starting and ending dates (month and year). Job titles should be listed from current to past, then a description of that position. In paragraph form, job descriptions should include: 1) Number of employees within the facility and if it is union or nonunion; 2) If you supervise any employees and how many; 3) Who you report to by title; 4) General description of your duties, daily activities and accomplishments.  

If you have worked several positions within the same company, put them under the same company heading with the separate titles and dates for each position and a separate description for each position.

After listing all employers, titles, and descriptions, be sure to note if you have had any experience relevant to your current career choice during college with a breif description, noting the position was held while in college. 

Military experience should also be referenced, including years of service and rank upon discharge. A brief description can be included if you feel it is relevant to your training or if you had any supervisory experience.

Generally activities and hobbies do not need to be on a resume.

Be sure at the end to note that references will be furnished upon request.

Please see the example below for further assistance:

First name Last name

555 5th Street
Largo, FL 33778
417-555-5555-H
417-555-5551-W

EDUCATION: B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1980. Completed 2 years towards M.S. in Business from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1990 to 1992).

EXPERIENCE:
1/86
to
Present
COMPANY XYZ Tampa, FL
  Job Title (1/97 to Present) - Responsible for supervising 10 hourly production employees and report to the Plant Manager at this 100 employee union facility producing XYZ. Responsible for ---. Accomplishments include: ---.

Previous Job Title (5/88 to 1/97) - Duties held in this position ---.

Previous Job Title City, State if different than original, (1/86 to 5/88) - Again list the responsibilities held in this position.

 
1980 to
1/86
PREVIOUS EMPLOYER City, STATE
 
  Job Title (1983 to 1/86) - Number of employees, union or non. How many supervised and whom you report to. Job description, duties and responsibilities. Accomplishments.

Job Title (1980 to 1983) - Responsibilities and duties.

 
DURING
COLLEGE:
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Tallahassee, FL. Job Title (dates) - Brief description of what duties were.

 
MILITARY: US ARMY, Rank upon discharge (dates), Description if necessary.

 
REFERENCES: Furnished upon request.
 

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