An excellent resume has the power to open doors.
Your resume describes your qualifications and what makes you unique. To stand out among other applicants, you need a resume that markets your strengths and match for the job.
A great resume:
- Grabs the attention of employers and recruiters
- Sells your strongest skills and accomplishments
- Shows how you’re a match for a position or project
- And most importantly, gets you a job interview!
Understanding the basics of resume construction makes starting easier.
Once you’ve completed your research and settled on a job target, it’s time to put your resume together. Since your resume is organized in sections, learn what these sections are and why they’re important. If you want to see examples to help picture how to write each section, view our walk-through sample and other sample resumes.
Manage where your resume goes for an effective job search.
You’ve invested time and effort to create a great resume. The next step is to get it into the hands of people who can hire you, or influence hiring decisions.
At different points in your job search, you may contact employers directly, make connections through networking, or search electronically for opportunities.
In this section, find tips to market your resume at different stages of your search:
Next, to hone your online presence, learn how to make the most of the Internet in your job search.
Learn details about each section of the resume and what to include.
One of the best ways to learn how to write an effective resume is to study examples. Below, find a section-by-section example for Beth Smith, an administrative assistant who wants to move into work as a project coordinator.
Start writing with a focus on the key messages you want the reader to take away from reading your resume. Then showcase your strengths in every section, and order the sections to your advantage. Find key details for each resume section here:
Top portion of resume
Header, or contact information
Headline and summary
Skills and abilities
Check out these additional sample resumes for a range of styles, formats, and fields.