An outline of a resume should list all of the relevant information. Start your outline by gathering information on your previous education, work experience (employment), activities, and skills.
If you are writing a chronological resume, as many people do, then you will want to list your relevant information in reverse chronological order; the most recent information goes first.
Start by writing out notes for your objective. If you include this on your resume, it goes right below your contact information.
Next, list all of your education information. This includes each school you’ve attended, the years you spend there, the degree(s) you earned, and your GPA. Order this information with the most recent school first, and the first school you attended last. If you have a degree beyond high school, do not list it here. If you are in the middle of college, you can list it, though it’s not highly recommended. Employers assume that if you made it to college, you have a high school diploma or GED. If you don’t have a college education, then list your high school or details about your GED.
Then, list all of your previous work information. List the employer, your position(s) at the company, the years you worked there, and your responsibilities at each job. If you had multiple positions at one company, list each position separately (along with the responsibilities you had at that specific position).
Next, list any organizations you are a part of or any activities you participate in, especially if you hold a leadership position (president or treasurer, for example). Include the years you’ve been a member.
Finally, list any skills you have that you haven’t already mentioned. This could include second languages, computer programs, or typing speed, to name a few.
Your resume can list the sections in the same order as your outline: Objective, Education, Work Experience, Activities, and Skills. Or, you can switch up the order. You may want to list Work Experience first if it is more relevant to the position you are applying for. You may want to put Skills before Activities. You can also cut out the Skill or Activities sections if you don’t have relevant information to put there. Work Experience and Education are the most important sections, so be sure they are well written and detailed.
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