Basic Resume Types and Content Categories

  • Two Most Common Types of Resumes:
    • CV (Curriculum Vitae)
      • Every position, place, education: the whole she-bang
      • Your life story abbreviated to categories (see below)
    • 5-Year Abbreviated Resume
      • Only list experience from the last five years.
      • Include experience relevant to position, or positions whose duties would overlap skill sets
  • What is typically on any resume
    • Name (Legal Name, no nicknames)
    • Contact info:
      • Address
      • Phone Number
        • Cell phone number (pertinent in 2014 whatever model you have.)
        • Home phone if separate and applicable.
      • Email Address (Professional email address- you can use gmail or yahoo, msn, or an sbcglobal or similar address. Beware Netscape, hotmail, or pre-2000 technology.)
    • Objective: Optional. More useful incorporated into cover letter, but can be used on the resume.
    • Skills: If your skills are more recent than your most recent experience, or you are changing careers, this is a good way of highlighting and including capabilities that otherwise may not show up. If you include software under Skills, try to keep current on recent editions.
    • Experience: Applicable work history or cv.
    • Education: Highest degree, followed by undergrad. Only include high school if that is the highest level attained. Include further professional training either here or under Professional Memberships, wherever it would best apply. Also include any college-based extracurricular activities here that may apply such as Phi Beta Kappa for history, or IEEE Student Member, or SAAS Example University Chapter President
    • Military Service (if applicable): See example resume and do not include specific classified information. You can, however, provide Security clearance level. (Secret, Top Secret, etc.)
    • Professional Memberships: National Association of X, American Association of X, X Union, and include any board or officer positions held with or by you in those groups, accomplishments, etc.
    • Volunteer Work: Extra-Curricular stuff that takes up more than 5 hours/week, but does not have to include anything that would violate EEO anti-discrimination (Equal Employment Opportunity: Race, creed, gender, etc. etc.) standards. Missions are okay to put on resumes, but I do not include typical, weekly Church calling services on a resume as those are part of everyday Church and not a full-time commitment (no matter how busy it gets).
    • Awards, Publications, Professional Blogs or Websites
    • If you notice, just by writing this material out in a basic format, [if you print this out or copy it into MS Word] I have already gone over a page. That is allowed if the information is important and/or pertinent. Do not just go one to three lines over to add an additional page. Unless it is a full and necessary paragraph of text, see if the resume will fit legibly on a single page (unless it is a cv, in which case, it is expected to run longer than a page).
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