How to Create a Professional Job Resume

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    • 1). Open your computer's word-processing program and start a new document. Center the cursor on the first line, choose a readable but eye-catching font, set the point size to 20, and type your name. Below your name, change the font to Times New Roman and the point size to 12, and enter your contact information, including your home address, phone number and email address. Be sure to use a professional-sounding email address, not one with a silly or suggestive name.

    • 2). Type the headings for each section you plan to include. The first three headings should be "Objective," "Education," and "Experience." Other possibilities include "Skills," "Professional Memberships," and "Awards and Honors." Make the headings stand out by using bold, underline, italics or all-caps formatting. Just make sure each heading has the same format.

    • 3). Double space beneath the "Objective" heading and, using normal (unformatted) text, type your objective--a sentence that states your career plan in a way that is tailored specifically for the job in question. You may need to write a slightly different objective for each job you apply for. The objective should show the recipient that what you seek in a job is perfectly in line with the position they have open.

    • 4). Double space beneath the "Education" heading and list any degrees and certificates you hold, beginning with the last one you received and moving in reverse chronological order. Include the name and location of the institution, the type of degree or certificate, and the month and year you graduated.

    • 5). Double space beneath the "Experience" heading and list all of your previous jobs, beginning with the one you currently hold. Include the name and location of the company, your job title, and the dates you held the position. Beneath each job, include a bullet-point list of your duties and responsibilities. Use short phrases rather than complete sentences to describe your duties, and focus on action verbs, such as "administered," "organized" and "processed."

    • 6). Create additional bullet-point lists for each of your remaining sections. For example, under "Awards and Honors," type a list of your accolades, again going in reverse chronological order. Ideally, your resume should fit on one page, so keep the extra sections short unless your "Experience" section has only a few jobs.

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