Step 1: Add your name and contact information
Add your name and contact information to the top of your resume. In order that your contact details will stand out make the font size larger than the rest of your resume, bold the text and center it. Note: your contact information includes your address, phone number, and email address.
Step 2: List work history
The next step is to list your work history. Organize your jobs chronologically, starting with your most recent job. Make sure to include the place of employment, the dates that you worked there, and the type of job you performed. Lead off with the most impressive aspect of your job first. For instance, if you were vice-president of a small, relatively unknown company then lead off with your job title. If, on the other hand, you worked as an intern for a Fortune 500 company then lead off with the name of your company.
With that said, make sure to maintain consistency with all of your listings. Don’t lead off one job with your job title and another with the name of your company. Determine overall which feature is most impressive about your work history (job title or the company name) and lead off with that feature in all of your listings.
Make sure to bold the top line of your listings.
Step 3: Summarize positions
Give a brief, but informative, a summary of the nature of your job and the responsibilities that it entailed.
Step 4: Synchronize your resume with the job that you are applying for
Do not hand in your generic job resume which you have saved on your computer. Take the time to understand the nature of the job that you are applying for and the skills and qualities that are required for that job. Then rewrite your resume to emphasize your job skills and experience which best complement the skills and qualities needed for the job that you are applying for.
If you are not applying for a particular job then describe the type of work you are interested in and why you are qualified for that job.
Step 5: Make sure that your resume is easy-to-read
Don’t crowd your page with information. Provide a healthy amount of whitespace between job listings (about three spaces will do). If need be, shorten your resume as required.
Step 6: List your educational background
After you have listed your job history, list your educational history. Note both the school(s) that you graduated from and the degree(s) that you earned.
Step 7: List personal information
Next note any personal information that relates to the job you are applying for. This includes any hobbies, interests or skills that may be relevant Do not list anything that is unrelated to the job you are applying for!
Examples: Proficiency in a foreign language or knowledge of a specific computer application or platform.
Step 8: Offer references
At the end of your resume you should add the following line: “References available upon request”. This line is important. Equally important is making sure that you have some high-quality references.
Step 9: Polish Up Your Resume
Once you have finished writing (or rewriting) your resume run it through a spell-checker. Ask a friend or family member look it over and offer any suggestions as to how you can improve it. Have them look both at the content of your resume as well as its visual style.
Step 10: Print your resume on nice quality paper
Once you have finished your resume print it out on some high-quality, professional looking paper. Print out a few extra copies just in case.