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How to Format a Resume

Formatting Tips for Your Resume

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Use the following information to format your resume. Generate a list of information to include on your resume, then compile the details to format your resume into a customized resume to send to employers.

Resume Format

Your Contact Information
First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Objective (optional)
What do you want to do? If you include this section it should be a sentence or two about your employment goals. A customized objective that describes why you are the perfect candidate for the job can help your resume stand out from the competition.

Career Summary / Highlights (optional)
A customized section of your resume that lists key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position for which you are applying can serve dual purposes. It highlights your relevant experience and lets the prospective employer know that you have taken the time to create a resume that shows how you are qualified for the job.

Experience
This section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements.

Company #1
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title

  • Responsibilities / Achievements
  • Responsibilities / Achievements

Company #2
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title

  • Responsibilities / Achievements
  • Responsibilities / Achievements

Education
In the education section of your resume, list the schools you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned.

College, Degree
Awards, Honors

Skills
Include skills related to the position / career field that you are applying for i.e. computer skills, language skills.

References available upon request
There is no need to include references on your resume or even to mention that references are available. Rather, have a separate list of references to give to employers upon request.

Customize Your Resume
In all cases, be sure to personalize and customize your resume, so it reflects your skills and abilities and connects them with the jobs you are applying for.

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