how to write a resume


Start with the basics.

It sounds obvious, but your resume must include your name, phone number and an e-mail address that you ACTUALLY USE! Also using the very cool “sexyleggs2000” email address will not work. If needed create another account just for job searches and make sure you check it!

Keep it Simple, Easy to Read and To the Point!

First-time resume writers should divide their resume into categories: work experience, academic experience, volunteer service/extracurricular experience and last, a summary of skills. A Summary of skills is all about what you can offer an employer and should be experience and qualifications that you have and the employer’s needs. Let the job description guide you in creating this list.

Know yourself

Before you sit down to create your resume take some and think about what you want and who you are presenting it to. Are you applying for a part-time job, a scholarship or are you creating this resume to supplement a post-secondary application?

The answers to these questions will help you in creating your objective statement. Potential employers, scholarship judges and anyone else who is looking at your resume will appreciate this short to the point statement at the beginning of your resume instead of having to search it out.

Three Golden Rules of Resume Writing

  1. Use strong action verbs and leave out the word “I.” Words like created, provided, organized, adapted, and produced all say much more than “did.”
  2. Remember that your resume should be one page only – keep it short and to the point.
  3. Never send a resume without proofreading from someone else!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

You are surrounded by so many people who are here to help you. If you just need someone to proofread or help to create the whole document, we are here to help you.

Don’t let the thought of writing a resume scare you! Planning and a little research can go a long way to making this a manageable task.

Creating a resume with little to no experience.


***Employers questioned had a choice of choosing Not important, Somewhat important, Important or Very important for each question.

Do I need to include a complete home address on my resume?

Should I State a Career Objective?

How important is a summary of qualifications based on the job posting?

Should I add a summary of the skills?

Summary profile statement?

Do I need to have my complete work experience history?

Should I include only work experience directly relevant to the position?

Should I list my Volunteer Experience?

How important is education?

Do I need to explain employment gaps on a resume?

Should I include my interests and hobbies?

Should I list my awards and acknowledgments?

Should I attach references with a resume?

Is attaching letters of reference important?

What style of Resume should I use?

What are the preferred formats to receive a resume?

Employers were asked, “Do you use an Applicant Tracking System or something similar for your recruiting and hiring that utilizes scanning software in order to identify keywords in resumes?”

Employers were asked, “Do you utilize LinkedIn profiles or other social media sites to help determine who to interviews?”