Having a great resume is crucial to getting a job. However with today's economy, you don't want to just stand out above the rest who have similar experience and education, you also need to get your resume out in time to meet deadlines. When so many people are applying for the same job, there's no reason for employers to extend their submission deadlines. Follow these steps to write and format your resume quickly and attractively.
Write your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top of your resume. This should all be on one line. You can right justify this contact information.
Skip a line and create a heading called "Objective." It should be bold and underlined, flush with the left margin. On the next line, write your objective, that is, what job you seek. For example, the objective of my resume was "elementary school teacher."
Skip another line and create your next heading: Experience. On the next line, indent, then write in bold (not underlined) the company you worked for, the city and state. On the next line in italics, tell what position you held there. For example, on my resume I wrote, "Third grade teacher: Urban, culturally diverse, inclusion classroom." On this same, still in italics, write the years you worked there. On the next line bullet important experiences/duties you had there. For example, on my resume I wrote, "received commendation for 100% of students passing the MCAS in 2004" for one of my bullets.
Repeat step 4, listing every job on your resume you've had that is related to your job objective.
Skip a line for your next heading: Professional Development. Bullet a list of any trainings or workshops you've had outside of your formal degree program. List the year so your employer can see here on your resume how current you are.
Skip a line for your next heading: "Related Experiences." If you've had jobs that are more loosely related to the job you seek than others, put them here so they're a little out of the way. Your trainings above deserve prominence over them, which is why they are listed first on your resume. Format this section just as you did in step 4.
Skip a line for your next heading: "Honors." If you're received any awards related to your field in your job or formal education, list them here on your resume.
Pair this resume with a cover letter and any other application materials required in a professional looking folder and 9x12 envelope in a timely manner. Good luck!
Tips & Warnings
• Like in step 2, all headings need to be bold, underlined, and flush with the left margin.
• Make sure the indents are the same and the bullets are consistent size and shape throughout.
• Consistency in formatting makes your resume more attractive.
• Your goal is for your resume to be a single page long.