Creating a resume is one of the first steps to seeking employment. A resume should highlight job skills and work experience, that will make you a candidate for the position you are seeking. Most employers have little time to review a resumes, therefore a resume should be clear and kept to one page. Although it is difficult to create a resume, providing the most important information in a concise manner can help put you at the top of the pile.
In your word processing program, open a new blank document. Select a typeface that is easy to read like Arial or Times New Roman. Your resume should be typed with a 12-point font, except for your name, which should be at a 14-point, bold font. The body of the resume should be aligned with the left margin, while your name at the top, should be centered. Save your resume on your computer hard drive or a flash drive to access it in the future.
Provide your first and last name at the top of your resume, followed by your address, phone number and email address. Avoid providing an email address that is rarely checked or telephone number where it is difficult to reach you.
State your job objective. Provide the position that you are trying to secure, while keeping it short and clear. An objective should be no longer than one sentence and should aim to express the purpose of your resume.
Enter a summary of qualifications that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Type in your most important skills first, such as being bilingual or office management. Place the least important skills, such as ordering supplies, last. If you do not have very much work experience, enter any primary abilities you may feel are relevant to the job, such as basic computer skills.
List your professional work experience. Outline duties you have performed in past jobs, internships or as a volunteer. This is separate from your work skills, because you are presenting a list of tasks that have been executed during the day-to-day operations of a job.
Insert your employment information, beginning with your last employer first. State the name of the employer, as well as the city and state of their location. Beside the employer name, provide your job title or position, along with the beginning and ending dates of employment. If you have never been employed, you may type any internships programs or volunteering you have participated in.
Type in your education. Provide your major field of study, the name of the educational institute you attended and the years or months you were there. Begin with your most recent field of study first and earlier studies last. You may want to only include education that is relevant to the position you are seeking and leaving those less pertinent out.
Adding a professional reference allows potential employers to inquire about your job performance.