How to Make a Resume: The Basics

How to Make a Resume: The Basics

By: Katelyn Lengeman, Recruiter/Marketing Coordinator

Here are some basic but helpful tips to get started on building your resume. With any job there are a variety of opinions, though, so researching your industry’s typical resume requirements is crucial. This is a good general overview, but it’s up to you to add the final touch of you to your resume!

Heading: Include your name and contact information. If you’re uncomfortable with putting all of your information on every resume, be sure to at least include your email address and phone number (Quick Tip: make sure your email address is appropriate for a professional resume!). This is a good place to add your professional network information as well (i.e. LinkedIn).

Objective: This a brief description of your career aspirations and what you hope to accomplish for your intended company. Including the name of the company in your objective can help you look prepared and detail-oriented.

Education: For this section, include your completed degrees/technical education. If you are presently attending school, include your anticipated graduation date. If you have a good GPA (over 3.0 overall on a 4.0 scale), include it on your resume if you’re new to the field. If you have a couple of years of experience, it’s okay to leave it off. Different fields and industries like to always see your GPA so make sure to research if your field wants to see your GPA or if it’s okay to leave it off the resume.

Work History: For this section, include the company name and location, your title and the dates you worked there. Explain your duties as succinctly and as thoroughly as possible. Employers want to know what you did but will most likely not spend more than a couple minutes looking at your resume, make sure the important points stand out!

Skills: If you want to include a “Skills” section on your resume, make sure to include practical skills that you have used in your education and experience. Employers want to see what you have done, not necessarily the subjective traits you have. For subjective skills (like hard-working, detail-oriented, etc. –use your cover letter to expand on how and why you possess those traits). This section should definitely include your computer skills and languages you speak (if you speak multiple).

References: Unless otherwise stated, companies are usually fine with putting “References Available Upon Request” on your resume. If you have space and permission from your references, though, feel free to add your top one or two to the end of your resume.

Format: I’ve laid out this article in a good order to place your sections on your resume but depending on your level of experience, you may want to put Education after Experience. Skills can also be moved above your experience if you want that to be the first thing employers see. Formatting in general (bolding section headers, underlining job title, etc.) can be crucial to keeping an employer’s attention and guiding them to the end of your resume. Use space wisely and don’t skimp on easy-to-read formatting!

Good luck and when you’re finished, submit your resume at!