Be Original With Your Resume, But Not Too Original

One of the most misunderstood concepts and hardest to answer questions is “What is a resume?” All too often people include a lot of useless and sometimes harmful information when they develop their resumes.


A good resume is made up of one or two parts that summarize your career objectives, your experience as a professional, and what you have achieved along with your education.

The top of the resume is called the heading and should contain your name, address and contact information. The body of the resume should contain the following sections:

1. career objective

2. profile/summary

3. professional experience

4. achievements

5. references

The career objective should be brief. It should be no more than two sentences and it should inform your prospective employers how you believe you can benefit their organization.

The summary should be short and informative. It should let the prospective employer know how you believe your skills could fit in with the job for which you are applying.

Be careful with the information you provide in the summary. It should not contain information that is not directly related to your career. The summary should not be long. It should be short and to the point. It should be just a few well-chosen sentences to show what you can offer to the job and to the organization.

Use the summary to attract the employer’s attention but don’t get too creative. Be professional and conservative.

When you list your experience, you should provide information about one to five previous jobs. If possible, focus on those features that apply to the position at hand. You should begin with the most current and list them in chronological order. Be sure to lite the dates you worked, the names of the companies and the persons your have worked for. List your titles and responsibilities and emphasize those duties that apply to the job you are seeking.

When you list your education list your college, graduate and post-graduate work as well as any special licenses or certifications that you have acquired. Also. list any achievements or special recognition that you have received or earned.

References should be listed. It is best not to make a statement such as “references are available on request.”.

A good resume will make you stand out from the crowd Make sure there are no spelling errors or grammar mistakes and that the formatting is correct..

Actually, no one really asks “What is a good resume” More people should ask “What is not a good resume?”


Dale H. Robinson has the opportunity to review resumes on a regular basis. He has seen the good, the bad and the terrible. More have been bad and terrible than those that were good. His blog, http://www.goodobjectiveforaresume.com will help you increase your chances of getting hired.

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