The Resume Outline

Standard Chronological Resume Outline or Format

resume outlineIn general, most chronological resumes will follow a standard resume outline or format and include the same information, regardless of the position being sought. That’s because most employers are looking for the same things when reviewing a candidate for a particular position. Employers look at a job candidate’s work history, dates of employment, education, and skills and qualifications. A general resume outline to follow when figuring out how to make a resume is:

  • HEADING – Begin with a heading that includes your name and contact information, including email address, phone number, and physical address.
  • OBJECTIVE – Objectives are increasingly becoming optional, but can be included if your objective is specific to the company to which you are applying.
  • QUALIFICATIONS – Although you will list specific responsibilities in the Work History section, it is important to highlight the qualifications that specifically qualify you for the position for which you are applying.
  • WORK HISTORY – In this section list all relevant prior and current employment, including company name, location, your job titles, and the dates you were employed.
  • EDUCATION – Include a list of diplomas and degrees obtained. Recent college graduates should also list relevant coursework.
  • SKILLS – In this section list specific skills such as software, hardware, and language.

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