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Resume Outline


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Not sure what to include in your resume? Before you start writing your resume, review an outline of what you will need to include and get all the information ready. It will be easier to write it if you compile all the information before you start. Then fill in the outline and format the finished version of your resume.

Here's a resume outline that includes all the information you need to include in your own resume.

Resume Outline

Resume Heading
The heading section of your resume should include your name, address, phone number, email address and phone number:
First Name Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Phone number
Email Address
LinkedIn Profile URL (optional)

Objective (optional)
A resume objective is a brief statement (a sentence or two) stating your employment goals. If you choose to include an objective on your resume, tailor it to match what the employer is seeking in the job posting you're applying for.

Career Highlights / Qualifications (optional)
A career highlights / qualifications section, also called a resume summary statment, of a resume is an optional customized section of a resume that lists key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the job for which you are applying. This section, if you use it, should be customized, as well.

Professional Experience
Include a list of the most recent companies you have worked for in the Experience section of your resume. If you have extensive work experience you don't need to include more than the last 10 - 15 years on your resume. Include a bulleted list of job responsiblities and your dates of employment for each position:

City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title

  • Responsibility #1
  • Responsibility #2

Include college, graduate school, continuing education, certifications and relevent seminars and classes in the Education section of your resume:

College, Degree
Awards, Honors

Qualifactions and Skills
Include a list of qualifications and skills related to the jobs for which you are applying in this section. A bulleted list is the best way to format this section:

  • Skill #1
  • Skill #2

Resume Sections

Also take a look at each of the sections that you need to include in a resume, along with the appropriate format and advice on what information include in each section.

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Microsoft Resume Templates
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