What is the purpose of a resume?
A resume has several purposes. One is to show the potential employer that you have the skills, knowledge, experience, and education needed to do the job. Another purpose is to show the employer that you are able to do the job. The neatness and organization of the resume will also let the employer know how you feel about your work. After all, your resume may be the first sample of your work that the employer will see.
What information do you include in a resume?
Your resume should start with your name, address, and telephone number. After that you have several options. If you feel you have strong skills that have been acquired over several jobs you may want to start off with a section called “Summary of Skills”. Otherwise you can move on to work experience. Work experience should be listed in reverse chronological order. (Start with the most recent and work your way back in time.) Indicate your title, agency, and years of employment. Use action words to describe your experience. Show the employer that you can do the job by listing accomplishments. Remember to keep the information relevant to the job you are seeking.
How should you list your education?
Start with the highest level of completed education. If you have a college degree you do not need to list high school. Do not put years next to your degrees. Put the name of the school, its city and state next to the degree. You can also list any additional courses or classes you have taken if they are relevant to the job you are seeking.
If you are a currently a member of a professional group you can add the section Professional Affiliation(s) next and list the name(s) of the organization(s).Department of Labor Job Zone
Various styles of resumes present information differently.
- Chronological style resumes list your work history followed by a brief description of your experience. This style is simple and easy to follow.
- Functional style resumes focus on your skills and minimize your work history. This style is good if you have had the same job for a long time and have developed strong skills.
- Performance style resumes are a combination of the chronological and functional style. They start out with a summary of skills and then move on to the actual work experience. This style allows you to provide more information to the employer but you must be careful not to repeat yourself.
There are some basic rules you should know before you jump into writing your resume. Do not include personal information, limit the resume to no more than two typed pages, keep it focused, and always send a cover letter with your resume.
Every resume should look professional. Your resume is a reflection of you. Resumes should be neat and clean, in a size 12 font, error free, and printed on good quality paper.
The CMO conducts a workshop called Resume Preparation. For more information on this workshop, go to Workshops.