Resumes are essential for any type of job search. Understand how to use a resume template to create your own in this free lesson.
Each resume has its own layout, format, look, and feel. However, every resume should contain the same basic types of information.
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This section is always located at the top of a resume. It tells the employer who you are and how to contact you.
This sections, sometimes called a profile, always appears under your contact info. It should give a prospective employer a quick overview of your professional skills and accomplishments.
The summary can be included after a stated career objective. However, most hiring managers prefer a summary over an objective.
This section appears under the summary to provide details about your previous work experience.
In a chronological resume, this section is broken down by employer and job title, and should list the dates you worked for each employer.
In a functional resume, this section focuses on your functional skills. It may still include employer names, though it won't always include dates.
This section states when and where you attended school, what degrees you earned, and/or what programs and certifications you have completed. (If you have not finished school, list the anticipated completion date).
This section can appear anywhere after your work experience. It should include any technical or career related skills. It may also include related skills that you gained outside your career, such as volunteer work or community service.