What to include in a resume


 The following is a guideline to assist you in writing your resume. In summary, resumes should at least include the following sections: contact information, objective, professional / work experience, education, computer skills and language skills.


Contact Information (required)

Include your full name, permanent and local addresses, phone (include area code), email address, and web page (if applicable).


Objective (encouraged)

Write a brief statement summarizing the career field you are interested in and the nature of the position you are seeking.

Examples of Resume Objective - GRAPHIC DESIGNER  

To obtain a position in the advertising industry as a Senior Graphic Designer
Seeking a position as a Senior Graphic Designer with management responsibilities in the advertising industry

Examples of Resume Objectives – ENGINEER

Seeking an engineering position with emphasis on new product development within the IT industry
To obtain an Engineering position as Innovation Manager within the Machinery Manufacturing Industry

Professional Experience / Work Experience (required)  

Refer to Chronological, Functional or Combination to determine which style of resume is best suited to your needs.


All resumes should include:

Examples of achievements (where possible, quantify achievements as $ or %) ie. grew international sales by 123%, responsible for sales budget of $300,000, designed and executed marketing budget of $15,000 resulting in ROI of $1,100,000
Include examples of experiences (where possible match these to the experiences sought by the employer) ie. job description reads “applicant must have experience in Tradeshows”  a possible bullet point could be:  Tradeshows: extensive experience in tradeshow co-ordination including; stand design & setup, promotional marketing, customer lead generation and follow-ups.
Include skills relevant to the job: examples include; communication, leadership, project planning, financial planning etc.  For each give an example to prove your competency in this skill.


Education (required)

Summarize your educational achievements (colleges attended, locations, graduation dates, certificates, academic majors, minors, and course concentrations).
Start with most recent degree awarded and work backward in time.
Unless you are a recent graduate (ie with 3 years or less work experience) you do not need to list high school
Unless it is relevant in some way, or if school is particularly well regarded.
GPA is optional. Include it if you feel it will enhance your resume.
If a recent graduate, you may wish to include relevant coursework or training workshops attended (ie ‘laboratory techniques’ / ‘quantitative research methods’) if this improves your credibility.


Computer Skills (required for office jobs, otherwise optional)

List the programs you are familiar with ie. Outlook, Internet Explorer, Excel, Word, Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Accounting Software (name the specific software).


Language Skills (optional)

If you speak more than one language then you should consider including language skills. Make certain you accurately represent your skill level for both written and verbal (ie. Spanish: Written 6/10, Verbal  8/10).


Member Associations (optional)

If you belong to organizations that are relative to the industry or job you are applying for you may choose to include these in your resume. The general rule is, include this section if you feel it will strengthen your application.


References (optional)

This is entirely optional. If you choose to include references, make sure they are aware that they may be contacted by a recruitment agent and inform them as to the type of job you are applying for. It is good practice to send a copy of your resume to your reference to remind them of the activities you performed and responsibilities you had whilst working for them. This is strongly advised in the time since employment with your reference is 1 year or more in the past.