Creating a resume

Resumes are important, but you want to keep them simple in order for them to be effective. There are a lot of resources for resume writing out there, but utilizing the following format will ensure that you get consistent results in terms of employer responses:

1. At the top center of your resume page, include your name, address, email, and phone number

Use the following example as a guide:
Joe Johnson
2 Guard Street
Brooklyn, NY 21202
jjohnson@nets.org
212-555-5555

2. After your basic info, move two spaces down, and using left paragraph alignment, document your professional experience

Many resume advice sites recommend a “career objective” section, but this is not required. Employers want to see your professional experience first and foremost. List the name of the company, location, dates employed, position, and a few points documenting how effective you were at your work tasks.

Please use the following format to document your experience:
Professional Experience
Party City Baltimore, MD June 2012-June 2014
Sales Associate

  • Managed register functions including post voids, returns and discounts with complete accuracy according to company policy
  • Assisted in receiving and stocking procedures, and ensured that store was fully stocked with a minimum of shortages
  • Delivered effective customer service and received the highest customer evaluation of all sales staff members.
  • Consistently answered phones in 3 rings or less.

Grotto’s Pizza Dewey, DE August 2011-May 2012
Counter Associate

  • Managed purchases on computer cash register during peak business hours with a minimum of delays in service
  • Ensured that take-out order space was clean and orderly during downtime
  • Managed online and phone orders with near 100 percent accuracy

3. After professional experience, list your education and certifications

For high school or college, list the name of the school, date attended, and GPA if it is 3.0 or above. For professional certification, list the name of certification, date completed, and location of certification.

Please use the following format for education/certification:
Education/Training
First aid/CPR certification July 2012
Baltimore City Community College
Annapolis High School September 2008 - June 2011
GPA: 3.2

4. Resume: a complete look

If you’ve followed the above tips, this is how your resume should look using the recommended format:

Joe Johnson
2 Guard Street
Brooklyn, NY 21202
jjohnson@nets.org
212-555-5555

Professional Experience
Party City Baltimore, MD June 2012-June 2014
Sales Associate

  • Managed register functions including post voids, returns and discounts with complete accuracy according to company policy
  • Assisted in receiving and stocking procedures, and ensured that store was fully stocked with a minimum of shortages
  • Delivered effective customer service and received the highest customer evaluation of all sales staff members.
  • Consistently answered phones in 3 rings or less.

Grotto’s Pizza Dewey, DE August 2011-May 2012
Counter Associate

  • Managed purchases on computer cash register during peak business hours with a minimum of delays in service
  • Ensured that take-out order space was clean and orderly during downtime
  • Managed online and phone orders with near 100 percent accuracy

Education/Training
First aid/CPR certification July 2012
Baltimore City Community College
Annapolis High School September 2008 - June 2011
GPA: 3.2

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