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Old 10-08-2009, 07:37 PM   #1
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I am writing out a resume but there are so many different templates that I am confused as to what I should add. And should it not exceed one page?

So far I have Objective, Education (just college, not high school), Work Experience, Skills.... last I have Activities where I have two volunteer things I did fora long time (well one I still do). Should that go under Work Experience? And I also had my tutoring, club involvement and all that but it seems unnecessary.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
 
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Depends on the job you're looking for, the industry you're in and the experience/education you have.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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Well I am not actually looking for a job right now, it's more to have the resume. But it'd be an entry level job...

Anyways, for formatting do most people include the address of their schools and or jobs and telephone numbers?
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Well I am not actually looking for a job right now, it's more to have the resume. But it'd be an entry level job...

Anyways, for formatting do most people include the address of their schools and or jobs and telephone numbers?

I would go with an education and certificate/award focused resume, often called a functional resume.

And no, addresses and phone numbers are for applications, not resumes. Just the city and state is plenty.
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Old 10-09-2009, 07:01 AM   #6
 
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I am writing out a resume but there are so many different templates that I am confused as to what I should add. And should it not exceed one page?

So far I have Objective, Education (just college, not high school), Work Experience, Skills.... last I have Activities where I have two volunteer things I did fora long time (well one I still do). Should that go under Work Experience? And I also had my tutoring, club involvement and all that but it seems unnecessary.
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on resumes, but mine has always done me good, and I've read a bunch in the past couple months for a position we're hiring for at my current job.

1. At the top make sure you have your name, address, phone number, and email address.

2. Objective: this section is usually pretty useless, I think. Obviously your objective is to get a job! hahaha. Anyway, unless you think this is really adding something, i'd remove this. I've seen a couple with a "Summary" section at the top, with 2-3 short to-the-point sentences saying the basics (basically, summarizing that you have the qualifications necessary). I don't have that either, though.

3. Education: college, City/state of the college, year graduated, major (and any minors). I'd also list any relevant awards/activities from college here.

4. Experience, or Relevant Experience: If you call it one of these titles, instead of "Work Experience" then you can list your volunteer work, etc. here as well! Make sure any job you list is RELEVANT, though. I don't want to know you worked in a daycare when you were 17, or spent a summer scooping ice cream during college. You should give the company name, dates employed there, job title, and city/state of the job. Then a few bullet points of your contributions, focusing on what you really did that made a difference.

5. Skills: only if you have actual skills that are listable, like computer programs, foreign languages, etc.

I think you can go over a page (but no more than 2 pages!) if you need to, but if this is for an entry-level position then you should really, really be able to fit it on one page.


Best advice I ever got: once you're done, print it out and hand it to a friend. Time them for about 10 seconds (or less), and then take the resume back. Ask them what they got out of it: they should be able to name your degree, and your basic job history, and relevant skills. If not, you need to do some more work to make it clearer.
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I suggest you look at your schools Career Services website, I'm sure they have a link on resumes & cover letters. After you make changes to your resume you should have one of the Career Counselors critique it (if your school offers all of this).
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I suggest you look at your schools Career Services website, I'm sure they have a link on resumes & cover letters. After you make changes to your resume you should have one of the Career Counselors critique it (if your school offers all of this).
I agree. A resume for someone your age is very different from mine. In fact, you might end up with two resumes, depending on what you're looking for. If you want a part time job, you'll focus on work experience and skills. If you want an internship, you include more about what you're doing in college. The folks at your career center will be able to tell you what to include and what to leave off.
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