Gather your work history, educational history, & any professional organizations you may belong to that relate to the job you're looking for. Make a list of skills that you have that are important to the position you're applying for. Look at sample resumes online or get a book from the library for a good idea of format. You only have a few lines to catch a prospective employers interest. I recommend using a format that follows the following sequence:
1. Name, address & contact information at the top
2. Your job search objective...be specific not general or vague
3. A list of your qualifications and skills that you want to highlight
4. Work history, most recent job 1st, & go backword for 10 years
5. Education, most recent 1st, don't forget seminars & workshops (job related)
A lot of people want to do things like colored or scented papers, elaborate fonts, etc. colored ink. Most employers don't like this. Limit to 1 page.
at 2:51 PM on Sep. 22, 2009