Example Resume > Resume Guide > What all information should go in a resume?
What should go in a resume?The first thing to do before you start writing your resume is to gather the information.
Consider following categories for gathering information:
1. Work ExperienceReview all your work experience, from baby-sitting for the neighbors to planning the marketing budget for a Fortune 500 company. Remember, everything counts, whether it was part-time or full-time employment.
Work on a brief description of your responsibilities, but don’t go into too much details – just consider your major functions and duties for each position. For example, if you’re a sales manager applying with a new company, your prospective employer will be interested in knowing:
- How many people your supervised.
- If you managed a budget and, if so, its size.
- How much revenue you were responsible for.
- The size of your sales territory.
State your accomplishments in specific terms. What did you do on that job, and what were the results? Did you increase profits? Did you solve the problem? Did you exceed a goal? Did you improve product performance? Did you improve productivity or efficiency?
If you are having trouble identifying specific individual accomplishments, consider department or company-wide projects. Did your group supply the financial statistics that helped the research department determine whether the project would be a GO? Did you serve on the team that evaluated your company’s current compute system? Perhaps you found upgrading the systems would provide needed services and the company wouldn’t have to buy a whole new system. Did your evaluation save the company money?
Also consider any work-related award that might reflect your accomplishments. Did you win an employee achievement award and similar others.
2. Volunteer ExperienceYou don’t have to be paid for your work for it to provide valuable experience. For example, were you the president of the Parent/Teacher Organization or band boosters last year? Did you plan and lead meetings? Did you organize and supervise the annual carnival fundraiser? Did you coordinate 20-some volunteers? Did you secure sponsors to help defray costs? Did your fundraiser see a profit? Sounds like some pretty good resume material.
If you have little or no paid work experience, or if you’ve been out of the job market and are preparing to reenter, your volunteer service translates well into work experience and should be included on your resume, along with any of your accomplishments with those organizations. Be sure to write down the name of the organization, your volunteer service dates and your specific duties.
For example, did your campaign drive for the women’s symphony unit increase membership? How much? Did you serve on the committee that designed a community program on developing good parenting skills?
Then your entry might read:
- Recommended and organized new women’s symphony unit membership drive, which increase membership by 30%.
- Designed, coordinated and presented Developing Parenting Skills program to fill a community need. Program has evolved into 200 volunteers and nearly 700 participants and earned state and country welfare awards.
3. Education DetailsFor the most part, the educational listing is fairly brief. You’ll want to include the name and location of the school, date of graduation and your degree or major area of study. Id you didn’t graduate, note the years you attended the school and the type of courses you completed. If you are a recent highs school, trade school or college graduate, you may want to list a few of the courses you completed, especially if you have little or not paid or volunteer experience.
Also, if you are short on work experience, play up your school activities and educational accomplishments. You may also want to note special circumstances, such as achieving a high GPA while earning 60 percent of your college expenses. This proves you are a hard worker and take your education seriously, and shows employers you’d be a productive employee.
GPA, Graduating with Honors
If you have been employed for several years, your high school and college grades really are insignificant to a prospective employer. After 10 or 20 years in the work force, your experience and accomplishments should speak for themselves and prove you’re productive and intelligent.
However, if you’re recently out of school/college and your grades are good, feel free to include them in the educational section. Be sure to include to scale on the GPA was registered. If you graduated with honors, mention it in your degree listing.
Internship and Co-op Work
Definitely include any internship, whether for pay, class credit or volunteer experience. Many students complete co-op work experience while still in college, include them here or in experience section.
4. Certification, Licensing and Special Skills/TrainingIts important to list any certifications and licenses to show the employer you’re trained for the job, especially if you are in a skilled trade, such as airline mechanic or a dental assistant.
You also might want to mention any on-the-job or special job-related training you have received, such as completing a computer course. However, there is no need to mention professional or personal development seminars, such as those that explain effect team-building techniques or how to enhance your self-esteem.
5. Military ExperienceDon’t forget to profile your military experience, if you have any. Your special training and accomplishments are valuable, especially if they relate directly to your chosen civilian career. Bu sure to list the following information for each tour of duty:
- Dates of service
- Special skills learned
- Accomplishments (like awards, citations and medals)
6. Memberships and ActivitiesHere is your chance to list any memberships and activities you have already covered under work experience section of your resume. In addition, if you have several professional and/or social memberships, don’t try to include all of them. Just focus on the ones you think would show a benefit to an employer and those that are related to your career. Your activities will show that you are a well-rounded person with interests outside of work. In addition listing a few of your activities reflects your ability to manage a busy schedule.
Your listings in this section should be current and brief. Just include the name of the organization and any leadership positions you hold. Examples:
- Treasurer, Lion’s Club
- President, Board of Directors, ABC Theater
7. Awards and HonorsFor the most part, you have probably detailed any work-related awards or volunteer honors as accomplishments in the work experience section of you resume. However, if you have received an award that you think the employer will view as a benefit, list it here. Though remember that employers only take about 30 seconds to review your resume, and may never even get to this section. If the honor is really important, you probably should move it to either work experience or volunteer experience section of your resume where it is more likely to get noticed.