How to Use a Resume Template
Our free resume templates provide an outline to organize your education and work experience. All of our resumes are saved in the .docx format and can be used on word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
How to Make Your Own Resume
Resume templates are a great way to organize your career information.
But if you’d like to make your own resume, here are a few brief tips on what you will want to include in any resume you create.
Build a Resume Heading
The heading of a resume includes your name and contact information.
The contact information should consist of a telephone number, an e-mail address, and your current address (or at least your city and state).
Make sure the e-mail address you use is not vulgar or a nickname. You can get a free e-mail address from Google.com through Gmail.com.
The contact information is the most important part if you want to get responses so make sure to double check that you have the correct information listed.
Which one: Objective or Professional Summary?
The next section of your resume may include an objective statement or a professional summary depending on your background and experience level.
An objective statement is a few sentences that quickly outlines what you hope to achieve at a job and with what skills you plan on using to meet your goals.
Objective statements are rarely used on a resume because they normally emphasize the needs of the job-seeker over the needs of an employer.
A professional summary is now often used in place of an objective.
A professional summary is a few sentence paragraph that outlines your past professional experience that is relevant to the job you are applying to.
Professional summaries, especially when combined with a thorough skills section, are a great way to display job-appropriate skills to the person who will read your resume.
Detailing Your Professional Skills
The skills and abilities you include on your resume will generally be placed in two areas.
The first area is often put below the objective or professional summary. Skills placed here are often very technical and can be described in three words or less.
Organizing these skills in a listed bullet point format can make key job requirement easier for employers to find.
The second place you will list your skills and abilities is usually below your employment history. The items listed here will be more detailed and most likely will be in complete sentences.
All of your skills should be relevant or at least somewhat related to the job you are applying for. That is why it is extremely important to develop a new resume for each job application.
Describing Technical Skills and Soft Skills
Your resume will have a combination of technical skills and soft skills.
Technical skills are skills that are usually job or industry specific that you have acquired after some considerable time.
For example, a medical assistant needs to know how to check a patient’s blood pressure, while the secretary in the office does not. Checking blood pressure is a technical skill for many jobs in the healthcare industry.
Soft skills are a set of abilities that you take with you throughout your professional career, regardless of the industry you are in.
How well you communicate with others is an example of a soft skill. Regardless of the industry, most jobs will require you to have various levels of communication skills.
For both sets of skills, you will need to detail what your abilities have helped you to achieve.
Listing Your Work History
In your employment history section, you will include crucial information about your past jobs. You will also talk about your abilities and accomplishments underneath your employment listings.
As you describe your past jobs, make sure to phrase your bullet-points in ways that show growth and learning. You want to explain your past jobs in a way that create interest and leave the hiring manager wanting to know more about you.
A hiring manager wants to see what you have accomplished in previous jobs and how well you can learn new concepts and systems over time.
Other than your skills, your employment history section needs to have 4 critical pieces of information: the name of the company you worked for, the dates you worked there, the city and state where the job was located, and your job title.
Make sure that each job is formatted the same way. The information should be presented in a consistent way so that hiring managers can gain information about you in a short time span as they quickly review your resume.
Education on a Resume
The education section of your resume is where your background education will be listed.
The education section may include more than one school or degree, depending on your level of college experience and how many degrees you have. Just like your work history section, make sure that all entries for your education match each other and have their own listing.
Education sections may also include certifications and licenses. Be sure to provide dates for all entries on your resume, as some professional certifications and licenses may need to be renewed or reviewed.
Your education section also requires the 4 critical pieces of information: the name of the school/university/college that you attended or are attending, what degree did you obtain/are you trying to obtain, when did you go there or graduate, and where is the school located.