Resume Writing

Everyone needs to have a professional resume that is going to get them to the next step in life. A resume is essentially a summary of your education, work, and volunteering experience that qualifies you for whatever goal you have. The only time a resume should be more than two pages is if you are writing a curriculum vitae (p. h. D resume).

This blog is meant to give you some helpful tips on how to write a resume. Please keep in mind that these tips were devised by me and do not guarantee success nor are they full proof by any means. They are a guide to a finished product.

There are many products out there that you can pay for and that are free that design resumes for you. DO NOT USE THEM!!!! In the end, they just end up creating more than a hassle than you truly need. Microsoft Office Word 2007 is the best tool you can have when it comes to writing a resume.

Okay, a few nasty technical things about Microsoft Word 2007 before I start giving some real resume tips. Go to a word document for me please, *feeds the cat while waiting*. Okay, don’t type anything yet.

  • Double click in the document so that it is highlighted. Right click the highlighted portion, hit paragraph, hit single spaced. Right now, it’s in multiple spacing, which isn’t what you want.
  • Okay, highlight an area again. Now, directly to the right of the left, center, right, buttons at the top of the screen there is a button that has an arrow on it. Click the arrow and then click delete space after paragraph.
  • PHEW, got all that? Oops, one more thing, either Times New Roman 12 or Arial 12. No crazy fonts with resumes!

At the top of the resume before you begin explaining all you’ve done:

  • The first thing that goes on your resume is your name, of course. This should be a larger font than the other text 16 is a good size for this.
  • Underneath that put your address as though you were filling out an envelope. That means this will take up a few lines.
  • Your phone number goes on the next line MAKE SURE it is a phone number you can actually be reached at.
  • The last line before you get to the meat of your resume is your e-mail. Again, MAKE SURE the e-mail you provide is one that you actually check. Also, make sure the e-mail name isn’t something stupid. probably wont get the job.

Then, you have your goal. That’s the hardest part of a resume to write because people make it more difficult than it is. In 2-3 sentences summarize what specific job you want and what makes you the best candidate for the job.

Your resume is going to be divided up into sections. You will center these sections and bold them. Underneath you will list your experiences with each section. Sections of resume go in the order of whatever happened most recently first followed by less recent activity.

Here is a list of sections that might be useful to you. If not, change it up so that it fits your goal.

  • Education
  • Work Experience
  • Certifications
  • Volunteer Work
  • Awards
  • Conferences
  • Language
  • Computer Skills

One of my sections looks like this:


Associates Degree, Teacher Education, Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY       May 2010

Regents Diploma, Le Roy Jr./Sr. High School, Le Roy, NY                                             June 2007

Only titles such as “associates degree” and “regents diploma” should be in bold after the bolded title of the section.  Another example if your job title was secretary you would bold Kodak Secretary or whatever it happened to be but the description of your job duties and the date would not be bolded. Make sense?

You have probably heard of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. It is equally if not more likely that you have not read this book. You should, it goes into great tips about being organized, and learning how to make you the most marketable person out there. Give it a shot!