The Art of Resume Writing

When writing your resume, it is especially important that you concentrate on the highlights of
your experience. Prospective employers are looking for what you have done for other companies
that can be incorporated into their business. Your resume is your way in the door to obtaining an
interview.

How to layout your resume:

Section 1: Contact information
Your contact information should be centered at the top of the resume. This should include name,
address, phone number and email address. It is imperative that you confirm that your information
is correct.
Jane Smith
123 Arrowhead Lane
New Orleans, LA 71551
(504) 555-1212
jane.smith@gmail.com


Section 2: Body of Resume
Part A:
EDUCATION:
This is where you should list your college degree, example, College attended, degree attained
and year of graduation.
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, LA 2002
Bachelor of Science, Accounting
If you have other degrees they should be listed here as well. It is not necessary to list your high
school education.
If you do not have a college degree, skip to Part B.

Part B:
SOFTWARE SKILLS:
A listing of all computer skills should be listed here, example, Word, Excel, Access,
QuickBooks, SAP, etc.
In this section it is especially important that you list all of the software. Clients could be looking
for a specific software that you may have.

Part C:
EXPERIENCE:
In this section, you will give the jobs you have had over the years. It is especially important not
to wordy. Be extremely specific regarding your experience. I prefer bullet points in a resume.
This allows the resume to be more easily read. Following is an example:
EXPERIENCE:
ABC Company Jan 2015 – Present
Staff Accountant
• Payroll, payroll taxes
• A/P and A/R
• Bank Reconciliations
DEF Company Feb 2010 – Jan 2015
Administrative Assistant
• Customer Service
• Receptionist
• Data Entry
All pertinent skills should be listed.
If you prefer to do paragraph style, be sure not to write the resume in first person. (I did the
payroll). It should begin with either responsible for or responsibilities included.

Part D:
Information NOT to put on your resume:
• Picture
• Personal Information
• Split the resume into blocks, example: contact information on the left, skills on the right
and experience down the middle.

In Closing:
Remember this is you first impression to the client. If your resume does not reflect what you can
do, they will not go further with your application.
If is particularly important not to have them looking for information, the resume should be easy
to read and flow accordingly

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