How to Type a Job Resume

By Susan Miller , last updated December 15, 2011

Before you decide how to type your job resume, take a look at several examples to decide how you want yours to look, and what information you wish to include. Then decide how you want to organize your information. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' website states that you should organize the information on your resume in either one of two ways: either as a Functional resume or a Chronological resume. A Functional resume highlights your experience, rather than your job history. A Chronological resume arranges everything in chronological order from the present job you have backward to each job you had previously.

Starting Your Resume

Each resume, regardless of the type, should begin with your name and contact information. Don't include your Social Security number. No one has the right to that number until they actually hire you when you are filling out tax forms. Each resume should include a statement near the top that states your objective. The objective should mention the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a job in a bookstore, your objective might say: To obtain a position as a bookseller that allows me to use my customer service skills and my knowledge of literature and authors.

Listing Your Qualifications

Many resumes next have a qualifications statement to tell the prospective employer why he or she should hire you. This is the point where you express why you are the best candidate for the job. This is particularly a good idea if your work history doesn't reflect your qualifications that relate to the job you're applying for. A functional resume should then begin to list a summary of your qualifcations, focusing on those that directly relate to the job you are applying for. This is likely the type of resume you will want to construct if you have just graduated from college and your work history is spotty. Your education can be listed next.

Listing Your Job History on a Chronological Resume

A chronological resume should list your current job and summarize what your primary responsibilities are and your major accomplishments. Then list the job you had just prior to your current job, then the one before that and so on. Don't forget to mention the skills you used and your accomplishments in each position. Your work history can begin following the qualifications statement.

Resume Writing Tips

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, your resume should use action phrases and should not be written in complete sentences. Make sure you emphasize signifcant achievements, include results that can be quantified whenever possible, and highlight the times when your responsibility was increased. If you have more education than work experience, point out the coursework that relates to the needs of the job you are applying for.

The BOLS site also recommends sprinkling key words in your resume, such as those words found in the job ad description. Use a font of 10 point or higher. Use bold subheads throughout the resume, such as for the Objective, Qualifications Statement, Education, Employment History and Accomplishments. Have several friends or relatives proofread the finished resume to make certain you haven't made any errors. Then, print the resume out on a laser printer on high quality paper.

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