Guidelines for Writing a Resume
Developed by Human Resources Consultants Association (HRCA)
The resume should be a clearly written, concise document presenting an individual's job objective, career history, and qualifications supported by relevant job experience, personal accomplishments, education, and other pertinent supportive information displaying one's skillset and potential abilities.
The purpose of the resume is not to sell yourself but rather to grant you an interview. (The interview is where you sell yourself). Therefore it should generate enough interest to catch a potential employer's attention given that your background and skills are summarized well enough and matches their specific job requirements. The resume should stimulate specific skill-related questions and serve as a guide during the interview process.
The resume should consist of the following:
In a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management in early 2000, Human Resources professionals indicated a preference to receive resumes via email. Other feedback from the survey respondents included:
Standard Resume Format
Summary of Qualifications: (List specific skills, number of years' experience in a specialized field and other pertinent data relevant to your career accomplishments.)
Work Experience: (List most recent job to include current employer, dates of employment, job title, and a clear concise description of your specific duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments).
Previous Employers: List all previous employers in reverse chronological order to include dates of employment, job title, and a clear concise description of your specific duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments).
Education: (List schools attended, degrees received, and any other relevant training)