How to Find a Job: Resumes

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What should I be sure to include in my resume?

Make sure your resume includes the following elements:

  • Heading – The heading should include your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Qualifications – Write a short paragraph or use bullet points to highlight skills or prior work experience that relates to the position you are applying for.
  • Education – In the Education section, include the names of institutions attended and the dates attended; list degrees or certificates, if applicable.
  • Experience – Include both paid and unpaid work experience. List the name of the organization that you worked for, the city and state the position was located in, your title while working there, and dates that you worked there.

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What else can I include in my resume?

  • Objective – An Objective indicates what type of position you are looking for with a company, but this information will most likely also be included in your cover letter.
  • Honors and Awards – This can include educational, community, or business honors.
  • Skills – This section can include foreign languages that you speak, knowledge of computer systems and programs, and any other skills relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • References – References can be included on a separate page, if directly requested, or it is appropriate to indicate that references are “available upon request.”

I know what to put in my resume – now what?

Once you have collected all the information for your resume, it is time to type it up. You can use a word processing program like Microsoft Word. Visit the Central Library’s Community Technology Center for free access to Microsoft Word or there are online word processing programs available for free.

What should my resume look like?

  • Make sure that your resume is clear and readable to anyone you are sending it to.
  • Use a plain font, such as Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Courier, and a font size between 10 and 14 points.
  • Use both uppercase and lowercase letters rather than typing in all capital letters.
  • Use bold text, underlines, or bullet points in order to make your resume readable, rather than using different fonts or different colors of text.
  • A shorter resume with content relevant to a particular job is more powerful and more likely to be read all the way through than a lengthy resume.
  • Use the right keywords and industry-specific buzz words.
  • Spell check your resume and ask a friend to proofread it, if possible.

See sample resumes for many different types of positions.

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How do I send my resume as an attachment?

Many online job postings will specify whether they want your resume as an attachment or in the body of an email message. If you need to send it as an attachment, do the following:

  1. Log in to your email provider and create a new message to whoever is receiving resumes. It is helpful to put the job title in the subject line of the message so that your resume will not be mistakenly deleted.
  2. Write a short note, mentioning your interest in the position, where you heard about the position, if/when you will follow up, etc.
  3. Once your email message is ready to go, locate the “attach” feature, which allows you to attach a file you have saved to your computer, floppy disk, CD, or flash drive.
  4. Click on Attach, and browse your computer files to find your resume, whether in a folder somewhere on the desktop, or on one of the computer’s drives.
  5. Once you locate your file, you may need to click Open and then Attach, depending upon the program. Return to your email and you will see your attachment listed with a paperclip next to it.
  6. Proofread the body of your email and it is ready to send!

How do I send my resume in the body of an email message?

You may need to create a plain text resume if you are applying for a position in which the employer wants your resume included in the body of the message, rather than in an attachment. In order to do this, begin by opening up a saved version of your resume. Save a copy in plain text by going to File - Save As, and save as type: text only. Then revert any bold or underlined text to plain text, replace bullet points with dashes or asterisks, and change the entire document to left justification. See more information on creating a plain text resume.

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