Outline of a Resume – A Resume Writing Blueprint

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Are you frustrated with trying to write your own resume?

Are you bogged down with information overload or just where to begin?

You need a plan, a guide to assist you in writing your resume.

You need a resume outline!

When a person needs to build a house they use a blueprint. It contains all the information needed to construct it from the print.

When a person needs to write a resume they need to use an outline. The outline of a resume is the blueprint to resume writing success. It centralizes all of the information needed to write a resume making it easier to target them to specific job announcements.

Generally speaking the majority of resumes contain the same basic information as outlined below:

Outline of a Resume

Top of Page (usually centered)

  • Your name
  • Home address
  • Home phone number
  • Cell phone number (or other contact #)
  • Email address (make sure it is a professional email & not a nickname)

Objective Statement (optional)

The objective statement should be targeted to a specific job announcement for which you’re applying.

Example: Seeking a position as a Volunteer Coordinator for Mokena Humane Society

Qualification/Career Summary (optional, but I recommend using it with all resumes)

  • Over ten years experience in production management.
  • Adept at meeting organizational objectives while meeting the needs of employees
  • Proven ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure

Education (list all relevant education)

  • Degrees (highest 1st)
  • Certifications
  • Training
  • Work Experience/Employment History
  • Current or most recent position
  • Continue listing pertinent work experience

Activities & Associations

  • Organizations
  • Associations
  • Student government
  • Community activities

Special Skills

  • Foreign language
  • Typing
  • Computer/Software
  • any other skills that “fit” the specific job description

Honors & Awards (formal recognition you’ve received)

  • Professional
  • Academic
  • Community

Set aside at least 2 or more hours when writing your resume outline. Don’t forget to gather all the pertinent materials you’ll need such as current and past employment data, education information degrees/certifications, reference information (names, addresses, phone numbers), and any job announcements for which you plan to apply.

Spending the necessary time upfront will save you time in the long run. Your resume outline is the blueprint to success containing everything you need to fill-in-the-blanks of your resume regardless of the format (chronological, functional, or combination).

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