Resume Components Worksheet

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Resume Components Worksheet

 

What follows is a worksheet organized as an outline of a typical chronological resume:

 

Identification/Contact Information

It is essential that a potential employer can reach you. This section should include your name,

address, phone number(s), and e-mail address. College students often include a school address and a permanent home address.

Fill in the contact information you plan to use here:

 

Job Objective and/or Headline and/or Branding Statement

You need at least one element to give your resume focus. A job objective is one option but not

currently popular with employers. Other options include a "headline" used by itself or in combination with a branding statement. Write below some ideas for an objective statement, headline, branding statement, or combined headline and branding statement. If you choose an objective statement, a good basic outline is:

Objective: To contribute strong ______________________ skills and experience to your firm

in a [name of position or job function]: ____________________________________ capacity.

 

Education

For high school students, this entry should be your next unless you have so much experience that your experience is a better selling point than your degree.

 

High School(s) attended:

Graduation Date:

Specialty Classes your took (HINT: Architecture, Engineering Graphics, Digital Imagining, Criminal Justice, etc…):

GPA :

ACT Scored

SAT Scores:

 

You can also list Honors, Awards, and Distinctions in your Education section or list them in a separate section. Once you've been out of college a few years, you can delete this section from your resume.

 

Professional Experience

This section can also be labeled "Experience, "Work History," or "Employment." We prefer

"Experience" – especially for new college grads, because experience is broader than work history, allowing you to include major school projects that showcase your skills and abilities.

Information on a resume should be listed in order of importance to the reader. List experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with your most current experience. List each job in this preferred order: Title/position, name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment.

 

Current or most recent job/internship/unpaid experience*:

Title/position:

Name of employer:

City, State:

Dates of employment:

Bullet points for this job:

 

Next most recent job/internship/unpaid experience*:

Title/position:

Name of employer:

City, State:

Dates of employment:

Bullet points for this job:

 

Next most recent job/internship/unpaid experience*:

Title/position:

Name of employer:

City, State:

Dates of employment:

Bullet points for this job:

 

NOTE:

High schools students in particular can choose to list unpaid experience in your Experience

section, such as volunteer positions, community service, class projects, sports, extracurricular

activities, and leadership positions. The idea is that experience is experience as long as you used relevant skills and achieved accomplishments. Some job-seekers, however, are more comfortable having separate experience sections, such as Volunteer Experience, Leadership Experience, or Activities.

 

Affiliations/Interests

This section is optional; include only if you have space on your resume for it. Items from this section are often used as an ice-breaker by interviewers looking to start an interview informally.

This section should only include professional memberships and non-controversial activities or interests.

List them below:

 

Transferable Skills

Use this to capture skills you’ve attained from any aspect of your life that are transferable and applicable to the job you want next. Consider skills used in jobs, classes, extracurricular activities, internships, to volunteer or community-service work, travel, work, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports, and more.

 

Statement about References

Do not list actual names and contact information for references on your resume; list them on a

separate References sheet. This section should include a statement saying references are available upon request. Even this statement is optional because it is a given that you will provide references upon request; however, this line should signal “The End” of your resume. Ask your coaches, teachers, preachers, employers, etc.. BEFORE you list them as a reference!

 

List below any additional sections or information you are considering including on your resume.

 

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