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First rule of any writing, never make your reader work for information. This applies especially to resumes. You want to highlight your skills, qualifications, experience, and education so it stands out. You want your resume to state who you are, what you have done, and why you are the best person for the job. Work, education, and skills – in short.
First, use a readable font. Arial or Times New Roman are the most popular fonts. Use size 10 or 12, depending upon your personal preference.
Use standard 8-1/2” x 11” paper in either white or gray. Use a matching envelope, which will be typewritten.
Sections of your resume include your name and contact information on top and centered.
Then, Profile describing you in a few words. A bottom line, results oriented professional with a solid record of diversified accomplishments is an example.
Objective Statement : What you hope to achieve. ‘To obtain a Treasury Accounting career position that will utilize my skills' is an example.
Qualifications: List your qualifications regarding the position you are applying for here. This section may contain a few lines, just don't make it excessively long.
Example: Strong background in general ledger, auditing, payroll preparation, a/r, a/p, f/s preparation and analysis.
Professional History : (work experience) Here is where you list where you have obtained your experience.
List the position title, company name, and dates worked. Then describe, in action-oriented words, precisely what you did. State what you achieved for the company. Describe how they benefited from your employment.
Education – this section goes before work history for individuals with no industry experience.
Associations – list any professional associations you belong to that apply to your chosen field
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|