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How to write a resume

A step-by-step guide on how to write a resume that will get you an interview!

Casey Nguyen, In-Depth Editor

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There are three types of professional resume formats: chronological, combination and functional. Most jobs seek chronological resume formats, which is traditional and familiar to recruiters. However, it is also very common and not creative. Combination clearly showcases highlighted skills for the employers, however, those are not recommended for entry-level job seekers. Lastly, functional resumes allow entry-level job seekers to emphasize their skills instead of experience. However, because of this, recruiters may think that you are hiding something. Also, make sure to use a font that can be easily read.


Whether you choose chronological, combination or functional formatting, all professional resumes must include your personal information. At the very top of the resume, provide your full name, phone number and e-mail address. It is also optional to input your social media handles, possibly Twitter, Facebook or any other type of social media that you are currently on. In addition to this, provide your home address. This section allows for the employer to effectively and clearly see your name and information in order to contact you if you get the job.


An objective is typically one to two sentences long. An effective objective is one that highlights your individual skill set and why you are tailored for the job that you are applying for. In simple terms, the objective is where you provide the skills and experiences that makes you ideal for that career. You may also include the reason for creating the resume, in other terms, your objective.


Helps display the foundation of your knowledge and expertise. You should also write your education section of your resume in chronological order, with the current school you are attending. You can put your GPA if you want, however, it is advisable to only add your GPA if it is 3.5 or higher. It is optional, but you can also include your coursework narrative.


Write your job history in reverse-chronological order, starting with your current position. This section should describe the scope of your responsibilities, the time length you worked there and the address of the location. Make sure to provide contact information as well. The descriptions of the responsibilities can be in bullet form, however, they should be detailed. If you currently have no job experience, you can instead list your volunteering experience.


In order to have a well established resume that stands out, sprinkling your skills throughout the resume is the key. Be detailed in this section and try not to be generic. This does not mean to simply write “organized” or “hardworking”. Instead, consider writing phrases such as, “manages time constraints and unpredictable schedules with adaptable methodology” or “performs expected duties beyond expected requirements”. The more detailed the better.

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