Resume Checklist to Simplify Your Writing
Gather and organize your information for your resume with our resume checklist. A resume checklist will help simplify the writing process by having all your details in one convenient place. If you choose to use our free resume creator program you will finish faster since all of your information will have been gathered and organized beforehand. This resume checklist can also be used should you choose to write it manually. We have organized the resume checklist to present your information in the order it is displayed in our free resume creator program.
Get Organized With a Resume ChecklistIf you prefer you can also use our resume questionnaire instead of this resume checklist as another way to gather and organize your information. This checklist can also be printed to be completed at your own pace. The benefit of using it will be clear when you are ready to start writing, you will have all of your information on hand and ready to go.
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The Sections on Our Resume Checklist
- Your Contact Information
Add in your name, address, telephone number(s), and an email address that doesn't sound childish and unprofessional. Don't present yourself as a goof ball right off the bat before you even get to the interview. You will never get there! Present yourself in a professional manner even if you're applying for a low skilled, low paying job. Your reputation is important no matter what job you seek.
Always do your best no matter what it is that you are doing. Each field has its level of what is considered normal professionalism. You need to find out what that is, then display that level yourself in the way you act, speak, perform your job duties and the way to write your information on your resume. Be the complete package.
- Employment History
You can include up to five previous jobs you have held. Depending upon the jobs you had and the one you want will determine the order to list previous jobs.
If you have many jobs in your history pick out the ones that would most support the job you want to get and put those near the top of the page. Put you most related jobs first. The first things the employer will see is your abilities that can be used to perform their job which makes you look more valuable to them.
- Education History
You can include up to five schools you have attended. You may want to put the more relevant education at the top of the list if appropriate to do so. The same as with your employment history put the schools, degrees or training that would be most valuable to the employer at the top. If all of your history is contained within one field this task becomes an easier one since everything is related. Still you want to put your best stuff first.
- Additional Items
Include any relevant awards, certificates, clubs, etc. Even in this section the best goes first just keep that in mind then you are adding all of your information in all of the sections.
You will need to think about the order in which you would like your information to be presented. Depending upon what you have in your career arsenal, meaning your work history and education, each person will organize their information differently. If you have lots of education and lots of experience, then this is a matter of taking the best parts and arranging them to uniquely support your argument that you are the best person for the job.
For those that have more education, but are light on work experience you can put your education at the forefront. Likewise if you have been working in your field for many years, but were trained on the job or have minimal schooling promoting your time on the job might be the way to go.
Are you in a position where you don't have much of either? This presents greater challenges, these days college degrees are the norm and not the exception like they were decades ago. Even then out of those that did have a college degree it was more commonplace to have an Associates degree than a Bachelors degree like it is now. The only options are to use what you have or go out and get more training and work experience.
In the short-term this isn't practical unless you can find an intensive training program or several short-term internships or volunteer programs. We didn't even mention the costs involved with going to school and buying books. Fortunately, interning and volunteering are almost always free although you never know there are usually exceptions to the rule.
- Logo or Photo
Sometimes it can help to include a logo or a photo depending upon whether it is appropriate for the position. If you are a graphic artist, a model or an actor or some other visually driven field then using an example of your work or a photo might be a reinforcement of your information.