Q: What Are the Essential Parts of Every Resume?

Here’s a guide on how every resume should be set up in five basic parts.

We know resumes because we work with them every day. In the second part of our video series today, I want to share a little bit about a basic resume. The basic resume has five sections:

1. Contact information. All you need is your name, email address, and phone number. No more addresses or other information.

2. Objective and summary. Make sure when you write this that you tailor it to the specific job that you’re looking for. When people don’t update this to the current job they’re seeking, it starts them off on the wrong foot with potential employers.

List all of your education, even if you didn’t finish your degree.

3. Experience. This is the meat of the resume. Make sure your dates are consistent. If there are gaps, that’s ok, but be prepared to explain those to HR departments and hiring managers.

4. Education. List all of your degrees. Even if you haven’t graduated from college but have still attended, list that on your resume. Be proud of the college that you did attend.

5. Skill certifications. Sometimes people get carried away with this. I’d set the limit at four or five different certifications or skills that pertain to the job you’re applying for.

Bonus section: Hobbies. People used to do this a long time ago but have since stopped. If you’re a runner, a skier, or a kayaker, put that on your resume too. This could put you over the finish line for an interview and help you stand out among other candidates.

If you have any questions for me about how to optimize your resume or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you.

2020-07-10T15:48:22+00:00July 9th, 2020|