Putting Your Resume Together (page 3)

Updated on Nov 30, 2010

Weak Example

Using bulleted points as opposed to paragraphs makes it much easier for someone reading your resume to quickly determine what information you're trying to convey. For example, within your resume you could write:

Weak Example

The preceding paragraph lists several extremely important points that an applicant would want a reader to notice. The problem is, if the person responsible for reading your resume only glimpses at it for less than 20 seconds, he or she won't carefully read the paragraphs of text you worked so hard to incorporate into your resume.

Better Example

A better way to present this information is to use bulleted points, with each point starting with an action verb or power phrase designed to capture the reader's attention. Using the same information in the previous example, here's a better way to present the facts using bulleted points in a standard chronological resume. Never try to incorporate too much information into a paragraph, sentence, or bulleted item.

Better Example

As you create drafts of your resume, add as many bulleted items as necessary to convey what you believe is the most important information about each of your employment experiences. When you begin to edit your resume, you can prioritize, condense, and delete items that aren't absolutely necessary.

Your bulleted items need not be complete sentences (as long as they make sense, of course). If you're using a paragraph style, you must use complete, grammatically correct sentences. Under no circumstances are spelling mistakes or typos acceptable.


Place the Education section of your resume toward the bottom of the page. Just as you listed your employment history or the university you attended in reverse chronological order, you should first list your most recent degree earned.

When listing a college diploma and some form of graduate degree, there's little need to include information about your high school. If you haven't attended graduate school, however, include your highest level of education completed (or that you're about to complete, listing your anticipated graduation date).


This chapter has walked you through the basics of putting your resume together:

  • what information your resume should include
  • how you should format it (remember: you might also choose to use a functional resume, but the chronological format is usually preferred)
  • how to state yor objective effectively
  • how to describe your work experience thoroughly
  • how to describe your education

To bring this all together, Exhibit 4–4 is a sample chronological resume that illustrates all of the advice and suggestions in this chapter. The next chapter focuses on other formatting issues to ensure that your resume is easy to read by HR managers and hiring managers.

putting your resume together

Note: Because the page size of this book is smaller than the standard 8½ × 11" resume page, this sample is set as two pages. Your resume should be only one page.

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