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Résumé Sections Part 1

This resource was written by Allen Brizee.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on April 5, 2012 .

Summary:

This resource explains how to write the following résumé sections: contact information, objective, and work experience.

Contact Information

The contact information section is at the top of your résumé and includes your name, mailing address, and phone number(s). If you have an email account, provide that address here. Note that your email address should be professional. In other words, an email address that reads hotchick @ yahoo.com is not acceptable. Here is a sample contact information section:

Karl M. Jones
900 N. 7th St. Apt. 6
Lafayette, IN 47904
765-123-4567
kmjones123 @ gmail.com


Objective

The objective should be short and tailored to the company and the job you want. The objective should include the company name and the job title. The objective should also include any job number in the ad. Here is a sample objective:

Objective: To obtain the welder apprentice position (#46) at A & D Industries

Work Experience

Note: You can reverse the work experience and education sections depending on your situation. The work experience section lists your past jobs beginning with the most recent position. The section also includes:


Here is a sample work experience section:

Russell’s Collision Service, Lafayette, IN: July 2007-Present

    Part Time Auto Body Technician, Welder/Fabricator


Village Pantry, Lafayette, IN: June 2006-Present

    Full and Part Time Retail Clerk


Village Pantry, Indianapolis, IN: April 2002-June 2006
   
    Full Time Retail Clerk

The verbs you use in your bullet lists should be active and should be specific. The Purdue OWL maintains a list of action verbs you can use to help pick words to describe what you have done. Click here to read the Purdue OWL’s list of action words for résumés.

Also, the tense of verbs in your bullet lists should be past tense for previous jobs: Ran point of sales register. Verbs should be present tense for jobs you currently hold: Run point of sales register. An exception to this is using a verb for something that happened in the past at your current job (from the example above: Won “Employee of the Month” May 2006, April 2008).

Lastly, make sure you use consistent construction in your bullet lists:

Not consistent


Consistent


Click here to download the PDF file containing sample résumés and employment letters.

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