The time has come! (Drumroll please) We are now ready to begin writing our resume! But first, let's talk about show and tell. Parroted endlessly by high-school English teachers, the difference between the showing someone an object or piece and simply telling them about it is huge. A resume should not (Although they often do), start out with a bland list of titles and employers, degrees and skills. Standing alone, these make for dull reading, and end up feeling like you're doing taxes (yuck!). Instead, let's work on fleshing out and ordering each part of your resume. Everything that follow is 'evidence' so to speak, we are showcasing (not telling) our background.
The biggest sections of evidence in a resume will be experience, usually job experience, and education. List both of these in reverse chronological order. Education is fairly straightforward, but remember to include any honors or GPA (if you feel proud of it, above a 3.4 generally), as well as your specific area of study and/or degree.
Employers are most interested in what you have been doing recently, since that will be the perspective you will be approaching your potential new position with. Focus on these recent jobs. Provide a brief summary or set of bullet points that highlight key points from your job and how you made your impact on the workplace. Here is an example taken from my own resume. Notice the use of powerful words in describing what I did in this job. Note that the formatting here isn't consistent with what is on my resume, as vingle does not support my formatting, nonetheless the content is the same.
PepsiCo Biological Innovation Laboratory at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut - Research Intern
-Created a standardized process to quantify muscle fibril contractions.
-Identified a quantitative relationship between fibril contractions and muscle endurance, recovery and strength.
-Presented work to PepsiCo management for use in analysis of Gatorade additives.
Something else to mention is that I label this section as "Experience", not "Job History" or some such. This enables me to bring in experiences that are not paid positions, but ones that I feel add to my resume. Leadership positions in volunteering fit this way of writing well, since they show more about you.
Depending on your situation, there are other sections you may want to add to your resume. Some examples of a few of these are:
-Personal Interests (don't say TV Watching and such)
-Comments from old bosses/supervisors (ONLY if amazing comments, keep down to size)
So here we are! We have figured out what we want to say, how we want to say it, who we are showing it to, and now we have shown it to them! Next up is formatting, making your resume look as good as the content it contains. You should however, spend a fair amount of time making the content, it is the meat that makes up this entire affair. Until next time~