Information to include on a résumé
Regardless of the type of résumé you choose to write, there are three important sections that must be included:
1. Personal Information (how to contact you)
Make this the first section on every résumé. Format your name clearly at the top of your résumé and include it in a smaller font at the top of each subsequent page.
Include contact phone number(s) and an email address.
List your education starting with the most recent and then work backwards.
Include the name of each educational institution you attended and the degree or diploma awarded.
List any other certifications you’ve received, including those for mini-courses like computer or software courses, first aid, or any other training that might be relevant to the position.
3. Skills and experience
Your résumé should clearly illustrate where you’ve worked, what you’ve learned, and how your skills and experience align with the job. For each job listed include:
- position title
- company name and location (city, province)
- dates you were employed (month, year)
- bullet points to describe your responsibilities and accomplishments for each job
Write your résumé statements as work accomplishments rather than simply stating your duties. For example, “Coordinated all training requests for the department and met organizational service standards by processing 2,400 training requests within a 24-hour turnaround” is more effective than “Coordinated training requests”.
Other relevant information for writing a résumé
Depending on the format of your résumé, there may be other job relevant information that you wish to include such as:
- additional languages you speak
- related achievements/awards
- interests or activities that say something positive about you
- your job goals