Provide a statement of the type of position you are seeking. You may change this statement to fit each position you are seeking, as long as your education and experience qualify you. Use the job description for clues. The remainder of your resume must support your career objective in some way. If it does not, the resume becomes ineffective. See job objective examples below:
Good : A part-time lab tech position utilizing interests in chemistry and biology.
Bad : A position which allows me to use my skills and experience.
List any education you have had since high school, in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Do not include any high school entries once you are in college. Do not include colleges from which you have transferred unless you earned a degree there. Supply the following information:
|Name of School; City, State||Chadron State College; Chadron, NE|
|Major and Minor||Chemistry Major, Biology Minor|
|GPA (if above 3.0)||GPA 3.4|
|Relevant course work (List courses only if they are relevant to the position for which you are applying. Remember you want to offer support for your job objective.)|
List in reverse chronological order (most recent first) your work experience. Attempt to select skills and duties that directly relate to the position you are seeking. Supply the following information:
|Place of Employment; City, State||Safeway; Chadron, NE|
|Your Job Title & Date Position Held Sales Associate 5/99 - Present List of Duties and Skills using Action Verbs, for example:|
Use short phrases, not paragraphs -- may want to use bullet points. Quantify whenever possible. Do not highlight skill areas that you no longer want to use. Include Volunteer experiences if they relate to the type of position you are seeking.
If your previous work experiences did not relate to the position for which you are applying, develop a special section headed Personal Attributes and list those personal traits that would be valuable for the employer to know about you, for example: "Able to learn quickly" or Dependable, honest, and hard working." Again, read the job description carefully for clues.
This section may be headed with a variety of titles: Activities and Honors, Community and Campus Activities, or Volunteer and Campus Activities and may include your activities on campus and in the community. Be sure to include information about scholarships won, club memberships, awards, and extra-curricular activities. Do not include hobbies or any personal information such as marital status, age, health, etc.
List all the software programs with which you are familiar.
For this section, simply use a phrase such as "Available upon request." Then, on a separate sheet of paper, list at least three people who know you well and who are willing to be positive references for you. Ask their permission, and give each of them a copy of your resume as a courtesy. Tell them what kinds of positions you are seeking. If possible, include at least one professional reference (someone who knows about your work habits), at least one education reference (someone who knows about your educational abilities), and at least one personal reference (someone who knows you as a member of the community and can vouch for your character). Be certain that you use the same heading (your name and contact information) on your reference sheet as was used on your resume.
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