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PARTS of a RESUME

  • Contact Information – regardless of the resume type you choose, the most important information goes first. The contact information should consist of your name, street address, city, state, zip code, and telephone number.
     
    Sample: Lisa Johnson
    500 Main Street
    Havre, Mt 59501
    (406) 262-0000
    ljohnson@mtintouch.net
     
  • Objective or Summary – let the employer know the type of position you want and the skills you have.

Objective – tells the reader the type of job you want. Avoid writing an objective that is either too general or too limiting.
       Sample: Seeking an entry-level carpentry position with a focus on demolition and operation of heavy equipment.
Summary – a brief summation of your skills, experience, knowledge, and achievements. It is designed to give the reader a quick overview of your qualifications. It gives the reader a glimpse about you.
       Sample: Hard-working, reliable, and motivated individual who is dedicated to doing the best job possible. Takes initiative to solve problems. Hands-on experience working with power tools. Knowledge of various phases of construction including demolition, framing, and roofing. Interested in learning more about warehousing procedures.

  • Work Experience – highlights relevant job information. The type of resume you write will determine how this information should be written. It is also referred to as the Professional Experience, Career History, or Work History section. If you have gaps in your employment, you should use a Functional or Combination resume.
  Sample:  
 
Work Experience
  Kmart, Havre, MT 6-05 to 1-06
  Cashier  
 
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • Operated automatic cash register to total customers’ bill
  • Stocked product shelves
  • Resolved customer questions regarding purchases
  • Waited on 25 customers per hour
  McDonald’s, Havre, MT 1-05 to 4-05
  Fast Food Worker  
 
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • Received customers’ food order
  • Totaled customers bill and counted change for customer
  • Prepared salads
  • Cooked food on grill
  • Operated fryer
  Achievement
 
  • 4
  • Awarded “Employee of the Month” for providing excellent customer service
  • Education – list the degrees you have attained with the highest degree level first. If you are currently attending school, put the school and the anticipated date of your graduation.
Sample:  
  MSU-Northern, Havre, MT

Office Assistant Program – currently enrolled

Havre High School, Havre, MT June 2005
Business Courses
  Activities  
 
  • 4
  • 4
  • Business Club, Secretary
  • Peer-to-Peer Association, member
  • Other Activities – this section is optional and should be completed if the activity will enhance your resume such as academic awards, honors, software experience, or community activities.
  • References – the reference section can be included on the resume or you can say “Available on Request” – these would be on a separate sheet with your contact information.
  • Selecting Your References: many employers want to verify the things you have told them about yourself. They will ask you for the names of people who know you and your work. Here are the sources of the most common references.
  • Work References: this is usually the person who supervised you on a paid or volunteer job. Most employers think that these are the best sources for determining the kind of worker you are.
  • Personal & Professional References: these include people who know you well. Most employers will not bother to contact a relative or friend about you. They know that these people like you but may not be able to give them information about your work skills.
    Better choices are teachers, coaches, scout leaders, and other adults who know you well. These are people who can tell an employer that you are likely to make a good worker.
    Usually you should have 3 references.
  • Remember: pick references who will say good things about you. Talk to them in advance, and discuss what they will say. Tell them the type of job you are looking for and the skills and experience you have to do it well. Also give them a copy of your resume. Make sure these people can be reached easily by phone during the day. This is when most employers will call.
 
Sample:
Work Reference Personal Reference
Joe Smith
Owner
McDonald’s of Havre
200 West First Street
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 265-0000
Mary Neighbor
Family Friend
1200 McKinley Avenue
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 262-0000
 

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