Resume Outline

By | March 23, 2009

1. Personal details: In this section, list your full names and contact details. Include your email address, home address and phone numbers.

These should be listed at the top of the page.

2. Profile: This is a short paragraph that tells the employer what to expect if they hire you. This should include any relevant skills and experience that show what the organization stands to gain by hiring you.

It should not be very long, two or three sentences are enough.

3. Major Achievements: This section is a selling point to the employer. List any achievements that are relevant to the position to which you are applying. If you are a recent graduate you may want to list what you accomplished at school e.g. captain of the chess team.

If you have relevant work experience you may include positions you held that demonstrate responsibility or projects you worked on and what you achieved. Be specific. Avoid generalization.

4. Work Experience: List work experience that is relevant to the position you are applying for. If you do not have any work experience, you may use the title internships and volunteer experience and list those that are relevant to the application.

If you have held roles that are irrelevant to the application, list these under the section of other work experience. Note that work experience should be listed in chronological order beginning with the most recent.

5.  Education or Qualifications: Just as in the work experience section, your education and qualifications should be listed in a chronological order beginning with the most recent. Limit your list to the qualifications that are relevant to the employer.

6. Language Skills: This is an optional section. Include this section only if it is relevant.

7. IT skills: This is also an optional section. List all your IT skills.

8. Hobbies and Interests: This section is optional. Recent college graduates can use this section to their advantage since they may not have relevant work experience.

9. References: This is optional. Depending on the requirements of the job application, references may not be required at this early stage of the job application.

Resume Layout

  There are several different layouts available for resumes. When choosing the layout and format to use, careful thought should be observed. There are some crucial points that you ought to consider concerning the layout you choose for your resume.

  • A margin of at least one or one and a half inches should be left from the top and the bottom of the page.
  • There should be space between the sections. At least two line spaces are adequate.
  • Choose the font and font size for your section headings carefully. These should be consistent throughout the resume.
  • Use only one font type in your resume. This shows consistency. Using several fonts will give the impressions of a lack of professionalism and seriousness.
  • Your resume should be able to fit into one page. If your layout does not allow for this, you ought to look for another one.

After considering these points you are now ready to select the layout suitable for your resume. The traditional one column layout has your information listed one after the other all the way down the page in a justified format.

Two column layouts consist of the headings listed on the far left with the corresponding information in paragraph or bullet form on the right.

If your resume is short you may want to try the left aligned layout which will have all your headings arranged on the far left below each other with a paragraph or bullets of the corresponding information underneath each title.

The centred layout has all your headings in the centre followed by corresponding information underneath each heading. The indented layout will align all your titles to the left with the corresponding information in indented paragraphs underneath the headings.

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