Resume Components

  • Consists of your name, current address, telephone number, and email address. Cell phone is optional.
  • Your name should be as prominent as any other word on the page. For example, if the largest word on the page is 12 point, bold, capital letters, then your name needs to have similar formatting.
  • Conversely, your name should be no more than 4 points larger than the largest word on the document.
Profile Summary
  • Should be tailored to the specific type of job you are seeking.
  • Composed of 50-70 words
  • Allows the resume scanner to quickly determine if the background is interesting and a fit.
  • Summary includes functional areas of expertise, significant technical strengths or skills, relevant personal qualities, industries served, and results delivered.
  • How to Write a Profile Summary 
  • This section is in reverse chronological order starting with your most recent experience. You may also strategically include relevant project or volunteer opportunities.
  • List the organization name, location (city and state/country only), title, and dates (years are sufficient).
  • Describe your experience in functional terms. Stress accomplishments. Use action verbs, quantifying and qualifying your background wherever possible, e.g., "first in department to increase sales by 45%."
  • Be concise and factual.
  • Avoid using jargon and abbreviations. The most powerful resumes are those that everyone clearly understands.
  • If you opt for the functional-within-chronological format, for each position, select one to four skill-based subheadings for each position and include relevant experiences/accomplishments under each.
  • Military experience needs to be translated to business terminology to ensure that readers will grasp the scope of your accomplishments. You may want to stress budgeting responsibilities, training, development and supervision of staff, 
  • management of complex projects, and other demonstrations of leadership, administration, and problem-solving. Be sure to include awards.
  • Present graduate and undergraduate education in reverse chronological order. Include all degrees and the dates when you received them as well as the names and locations of the institutions.
  • It's optional to leave out dates. However, you may run the risk of employers thinking you are older than you are.

Optional Sections
You may choose to create a category called additional information, which might include: 

  • Unusual technical or computer skills
  • Language competencies
  • Community activities
  • Professional Associations/Affiliations (relevant to the job/industry you are targeting)