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RESUME  LAYOUT

At this point, you have in front of you the skeleton of a resume, sheets of paper with job descriptions and addresses and lists of interests. How does one put this together in a layout that is attractive, attention-getting, and easy to read ? Here are some suggestions.

Length. Be succinct in writing your resume but don’t feel compelled to keep your resume to one page. Use common sense; what appears first on your resume will get the most attention. The longer the reader has to read, the less impact the information has. Make sure that the most vital information appears on the first page; use the second page for facts that are important but not essential to your résumé. If you have to split your work history so that some of your important accomplishments appear on the second page, structure the résumé so that the reader can see at a glance what your strengths are.  

Printing. Always have you resume reproduced on high-quality bond paper. Having your résumé printed will save you time now and in the future when you want to update your résumé. Word processing systems are a boon to the résumé writer, since they allow changes to be made easily in the future. A laser printer produces results that are virtually indistinguishable from profes­sional typesetting. Make sure to have the résumé saved for you on a computer disk that you can take with you to change as you need to.

Writing Style. Omit all personal pronouns (e.g, use “Developed . . . ” rather than “I developed . . . ”). Avoid wordiness and strive for conciseness. Use phrases instead of lengthy sentences and start each phrase with an action verb in the past tense (e.g. , directed, supervised, coordinated). If you are still in a job and are describing it on your résumé, use the past tense, even if it is an ongoing activity. The reason for this is literary convention, and it is easier for employers to read.

RESUME  SAMPLE  IN  CHRONOLOGICAL  FORMAT

Resume

 Above sample is contributed by Purdue University - Purdue OWL 


Chronological Résumé Sample


GEORGE E. DENTON

1625 Green Avenue, Long Beach, California  90840, (562) 985-4111,  gdenton@csu.edu

OBJECTIVE

To obtain a software development position, using Visual Basic or C/C++ in a Windows or DOS environment

EDUCATION

B.S., Computer and Information Science

California State University, June 2005

AREAS OF PROFICIENCY

  • Languages: Visual Basic, C/C++, Access, Ingress, Pascal, Assembly
  • Operating Systems: Windows, DOS, Unix Address 
  • Software: WordPerfect, MS Office, PageMaker, Quicken
  • Software Engineering, Robotics

TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

Software Engineering Project, California State University 2004-2005

  • Cooperated with three other students to design and complete a software package for Sacred Heart Health Systems (SHHS), designed to expedite employee evaluations
  • Implemented the package using Visual Basic to incorporate new features and add windows compatibility
  • Communicated frequently with SHHS employees to obtain user feedback 
  • Incorporated diverse code from all four group members into a working package

Computer Technician, Bit-by-Bit Computer Rentals 2003-04

  • Configured systems to customers’ specifications
  • Installed customers’ software & created customized batch file menus
  • Provided on-site service to resolve technical problems
  • Prepared quotes to and negotiated prices with customers
  • Calmed and satisfied angry customers by effectively solving problems

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Volunteer Instructor, USA Ice Hockey Initiation Program 2004-Present

  • Taught basic hockey skills to youths ages 5 to 18
  • Demonstrated patience in dealing with both children and parents

Senior Skate Guard, Lane County Ice 2002-Present

  •  Handled customer complaints, demonstrating awareness of their needs
  • Responded quickly to emergency situations and administered first aid
  • Performed multiple tasks concurrently in order to maintain a strict schedule

Student Coordinator/Player, CSU Club Ice Hockey Team 2002-2004

  • Organized 2003-04 season schedule
  • Created and maintained a $10,000 team budget for a season
  • Negotiated with many user groups and ice arena for limited ice time
  • Supervised & collaborated with team members to ensure continuation toward meeting team goals

INTERESTS

  • Golf, Ice hockey, Hiking

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