How To Make a Resume

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

You don't want your resume to be cluttered with text. Make sure that is simple, clean, and illustrates your skills and experience without including long paragraphs.

Step 2

Type your name at the top of the document. This is one thing on the resume that you may want to make slightly bigger than the rest of the text. Under your name, indicate your contact information including your address, phone number, and email address.

Step 3

Under your name and contact information, indicate your school, major (if applicable), and your expected graduation date.

Step 4

Include a purpose statement. This will be unique to each job that you are applying for. If you are applying to be an accountant, your purpose statement would be "To apply for the position of accountant with [Company Name]".

Step 5

Include your work history. If you do not have a lot of work history, include anything that you can. However, if you do have a lot of work history and some of your past jobs are not relevant to the current position that you are applying for, you do not need to include these in your resume. For example, if you are applying for an upper management position and you worked at the local Dairy Queen when you were 15, do not include this on the resume. Make sure you indicate when you were hired and when you stopped working there, and provide a brief description of your job duties and responsibilities.

Step 6

Add educational experiences and other qualifications. If you have any licenses, degrees, certificates, or professional documents that will help your cause, add these. Be sure to indicate the dates which you obtained these documents, dates that you attended schools, what your major or specialty was, and when you graduated/when you plan on graduating along with your GPA (grade point average).

Step 7

Extra curriculars/accolades: Include any clubs, sports teams, or extra activities that demonstrate your leadership, attention to detail, and reliability as a potential employee. Also include any awards that you may have received in the past that show your good qualities and leadership. You may choose to give a short description of each of these extra curricular activities.

Step 8

Sell yourself. Remember that the resume is your opportunity to set yourself apart from the other applicants. Make your resume unique, and give your potential employer something that they will remember. Set yourself apart by indicating a unique travel abroad experience, additional language, or special experience that will set you apart. This is your opportunity to get in the door and get an interview, so any way that you can make yourself appealing will increase your chances of landing that job.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

It can be difficult to finalize your resume, and you may go through several "rough drafts" before you have a resume that you really are happy with. Ask your teachers and professors for help, or seek professional resume writing services if needed. Make sure that in the end, you have produced a document that you are proud of and that will allow you to communicate your worth to potential employers.

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When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I made my first resume when I got to college. At that point I didn't have a lot of experience, but it is good to put a resume together and add experience along the way to make your resume as strong as possible.

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