Organize your experience in chronological order, listing most recent work experience first unless you have not been working for very long. In that case, start with your education. (See education section below.) Try to keep it to one page. If you have extensive work experience and one page just does not work, don’t stress over it. Experience over ten years ago need not be as detailed as your most recent jobs; company name, your title and dates of employment are sufficient. Incorporate key action words when describing your experience. Resumes are written in the third person so using the word “I” is inappropriate. Always proofread your resume and have someone else proofread it as well. Our brains tend to read what we think is there versus what is actually there.
If it is your first job or if you have not been working very long, start your resume with your education listing the most recent degree or certificate first. Include your GPA, (if it’s worth noting, 3.0 or higher), and if you graduated with any honors or awards. It is not common or necessary to include high school but if you choose to, absolutely do not include years attended or your graduation year.
This section should include computer skills, as well as, dictation skills, languages, exceptional writing skills, public speaking skills and any other skills worthy of noting.
Everyone tries to spruce up their resume so it looks just a little different than all the others; however, a common mistake can be going overboard with formatting which can discourage someone from reading it. Too much formatting is hard on the eye and can be distracting. Keep it simple, clear, concise and be consistent.
Be sure to provide all job duties and details without going overboard with minor details. Your experience should be concise but informative. The amount of information you include for each job should directly relate to how long you were employed. Be sure to highlight your skills, your accomplishments and other pertinent information that may impress a perspective employer.
Creating an impressive resume is what you strive for, fabricating one is not. Be sure that information such as schooling, degrees, dates of employment, titles, etc., is accurate and verifiable information. First, you are who you are and your experience is what it is. Don’t try to make your resume sound too out of character. Most organizations conduct background checks and being caught in a lie can ruin not only your chances of getting that particular job, but future jobs as well. Word spreads so you want to be sure the “word” on you is always good.