Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:

Contact Information

Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career Objective

You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.

Summary Statement

Your summary should be brief, but should include each of the following items:

  • Include your title and years of experience

  • List pertinent skills in a bulleted format

  • Discuss your character traits or work style

Professional Experience

List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.

Other Components

Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

Personal Information

Do not include personal hobbies, clubs, religious affiliation, or anything that would be deemed as a distraction from work.

12 Accomplishments Employers Want To See on Your Resume

  • Increased Revenues

  • Money Saved

  • Increased Efficiencies

  • Cut Overhead

  • Increased Sales

  • Improved Workplace Safety

  • Purchasing Accomplishments

  • New Products / New Lines

  • Improved Record Keeping Process

  • Increased Productivity

  • Successful Advertising Campaign

  • Effective Budgeting