A resume should feature your professional and personal strengths in a
comprehensive yet concise manner. If you want to avoid unnecessary or
unhelpful information while featuring the most relevant and
useful aspects of
your experience and qualifications, then this brief guide should set you on the
One of the most important features of your resume to a potential employer is
your employment history. You want to show a track record of pertinent and
reliable career experience. It is certainly necessary in most instances to list
every job you have ever had.
You will also want to include a list of your academic qualifications. List any
degrees or certifications that you have earned, as well as the institutions from
which you earned them. Some employers will be more interested in the
specifics of your academic experience than others, so you will need to use
good judgment about how many specifics to offer (things like GPA, academic
SPECIAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
In this section, you will want to include any specialized skills or experience
you have acquired that qualify you for a position. This can include knowledge
of computer programs, languages, certifications, internships, or any number of
other items that demonstrate unique qualities and abilities.
Volunteer work may not always have direct relevance to the job you are
applying for, but a history of service to others is an attractive quality to any
employer. Among other things, it shows that you are willing to go above and
beyond what is required of you. It also shows that you are willing to work well
with others and to take their concerns into account. This section could include
charitable work, tutoring, activities in church or faith-based organizations, etc.
Again, the purpose of a resume is to honestly highlight your best qualifications
in a concise, yet thorough, manner.