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Build Your Resume Step by Step with a Resume Outline

A resume is such a document that relates your qualification and expertise to a perspective hiring manager to let him know all about you. Several aspects are involved in poor quality or resumes and employers don’t like to review them. These reasons include poor writing, typos, missing the important information, spelling mistakes and many more.

"Resume: a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past, as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have." - Bo Bennett

Selection of resume format is most important before starting to write resume. Three basic types of resume format are used in building resumes. These formats include chronological, functional and combination and you can select the format that best suits your requirements. These formats are designed for the individuals having different levels of employment as entry lever applicant, skilled applicant and executive level applicant.

After selecting the format of resume you should start writing your resume following these steps:

Heading: Heading is very important section of resume in which you include your name, home address, email address and active contact number. This section is included at the top of the resume. You must give your accurate information regarding contact information.

Objective Statement: Give a clear and impressive objective statement after heading. Try to let the employer know how you can be beneficial for the organization after getting job.

Summary of Qualifications: In this section, make a list of job related skills. Avoid giving details of routine duties but focus on providing the accomplishments that lead the organization to the way of growth and development. List the outcomes and results of your accomplishments. If you give quantified information in your resume, it will increase your chances of getting interview call.

Experience: This is perhaps the most important section of the resume and obviously of employer’s deep concern. Your employment history will tell the hiring manager what you can do for the organization while working at this specific job designation. In this section you can sell yourself before the employer, so try to impress the employer by giving details of your work history in previous job. Provide them the reason to call you for in-person interaction.

Education: Include your academic information in chronological order, i.e. place the most recent degree or diploma at the top of this section. Give necessary details of institutes and duration of your course. If you have remarkable GPA then list it otherwise not. If you are a college or university student, don’t mention your qualification regarding school level.

Others: This section should contain information of your awards, honors, hobbies, special skills and anything you want to add rather than your particulars. But be careful that your resume should not go beyond the length of 2-pages.

References: Often references are left to be discussed during interview session. But if you want to mention them, give contact details of referred individuals.

Above mentioned steps provide you an outline to make your resume job winning and professional looking. Follow the outline steps and be prepared for receiving interview call.