This section provides an overview of the components required to format a winning resume. It also contains basic information on the different types of resumes (chronological and functional) and when it is best to use each. The following information is contained in this section:
- Contact Information
- Objective Statement
- Profile and Skills Summary
- Professional Experience
- Other Information
In this section, you should include information that allows an employer to identify you and contact you. You need to include your first and last name, address, home phone or cell phone, and email address if you have one.
(Note: the use of an Objective Statement is optional in your resume.)
The Objective Statement tells a potential employer:
- The type of position you are looking for. It gives your resume focus and strength.
- To whom your resume should be directed to.
- What level of responsibility you are seeking.
- How to interpret all the information in your resume.
You should adjust your Objective Statement so that it is specific to each position/employer to which you are applying.
Your Professional Objective
What kinds of work are you interested in finding at this point in your career? Please describe your ideal job as well as more practical possibilities. In both cases, be as specific as you can, using descriptions of the organization and what it does, as well as describing the kind of work you want to do, using job titles if possible.
We understand that some people are not yet clear on what kind of work they are seeking. If you are in this category, please do the best you can at this point.
Description of Your Ideal Job and Organization:
Your Long-term Career Objectives
Where do you want to go in your career? Where do you want to be in 5, 10 or 15 years? Imagine yourself at the end of your career looking back. What is it that you want to see? Please list as clearly as you can at this point your long-term career objectives.
Wording your Objective Statement
Your Objective Statement should be concise. Some resumes mistakenly have fluffy opening statements with job objectives buried in them. They use phrases like: “challenging position,” “room for advancement,” and “opportunity to grow.” Cut out the fluff since it does not say much to an employer. Here is what employers need to know:
- The area of work (i.e. “Marketing,” “Sales”)
- The title, if you know it (i.e. “Manager,” “Sales Representative”)
- Areas of specialization (i.e. “with an emphasis on new business development,” “focusing on graphic design”).
- A position as sales representative within the eBusiness industry
- Director of marketing for a food distribution company
- Administrative position with a focus on finance.
- Associate field producer, TV programming