Resume Tips

DEFINITION OF A RESUME

  • A marketing tool designed to convey your qualifications to a prospective employer
  • It advertises YOU for the position you are applying for

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR RESUME

  • Contact Detail
  • Career Objective
  • Summary or Highlights of Qualifications
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Professional Memberships
  • Relevant Volunteer Experience
  • Activities/Interests

CONTACT DETAIL

Ensure that it is current and provide several options for contacting you (home phone number,
cell phone number and business phone number).

CAREER OBJECTIVE

This statement should be employer centered versus self-centered. It communicates what you
want to do for the employer, as opposed to what you want from them.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS/HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

This section should immediately follow the Career Objective. It summarizes the essence of your qualifications in 3-5 bulleted items. It attempts to draw the reader’s attention to your key
qualifications, so please remember to put the most important points first.

EDUCATION

Put the most recent first. Be clear about whether a degree is complete or incomplete. If
incomplete, state “Completed 1 year towards MBA in business administration”. If you are in
the process of obtaining education you can state, “Grant MacEwan College – Currently enrolled in Human Resource Management Diploma Program”. You can then go on to list the courses that you have successfully completed.

WORK HISTORY

Begin with your most recent work history.
1. Use action verbs and action statements to describe your experience
– “Developed, maintained and distributed numerous tracking reports to various management
levels within the organization”.
– Established…
– Designed…
– Maintained…
– Trained…
– Ensured…
– Coordinated…
– Prepared…

2. The key word should appear at the beginning of each line. You can rearrange statements to
emphasize different skill sets.
Example – Administrative Assistant
– Performed general office duties (Filing, faxing, photocopying)
– Maintained access database
– Prepared letters and memos for senior management
– Ensured minutes were correctly recorded during board meetings
– Facilitated workshops

3. Help the reader organize their thoughts through the use of formatting tools such as bullets,
spacing and:
Boldfacing (to highlight skill areas)
Underscoring (Job Title)
Capitalizing (Work Places)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

List all relevant professional memberships

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Including this experience may reveal other skills and experience you have.

ACTIVITIES/INTERESTS

This shows an employer how well rounded you are as a person. This information can also act
as an icebreaker during the interview.

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