Resume Help

Resume HelpDesigning a Winning Resume

Whether you have a clear vision of your next career step or are yearning for change and searching for direction, we will work with you to clarify your career goals. You will learn how to tailor your message to potential employers so you emerge as an ideal candidate for the opportunities you’re pursuing. You will learn how to understand and clearly articulate your value and make a power first impression. By defining your personal brand and professional image, you will have a new level of confidence and a strong, realistic plan in place to reach the next level in your career.

 The Basic Elements

A resume consists of several sections, each of which delivers essential information. The table below explains what each section of your resume should tell your reader.

Resume section What it tells the reader
Top portion of resume (first third to half) If your resume is worth reading further. This opening “snapshot” should entice readers to read more.
Header (name and contact information) Your preferred name and how to contact you. The reader shouldn’t have to think about this (e.g., wonder what name you go by). 
Headline and Summary What you’re looking for and why you’re qualified. Announces your job target and quickly sums up why you’re a good candidate. Note that experts recommend this approach to replace what used to be called “Objective” on many resumes. Read more in our FAQs.
Skills Whether you have the required skills. Helps the reader quickly match your skills to the position requirements.
Work Experience
or Professional Experience
or Employment History
What you’ve accomplished that’s relevant. Explains what you’ve achieved that could also benefit the reader’s company.
Education Whether you meet the education requirements. Again, helps the reader quickly match you to the position requirements.
Continuing Education
or Professional Development
or Additional Training
What further training you’ve pursued. Matches you to job requirements and also illustrates initiative and commitment to learning.
Other Information What other assets you offer. Provides additional information (professional memberships, awards, etc.) to support your candidacy.