How to Do a Basic Resume


A professional resume that outlines your skills and experience is a requirement for many types of jobs. Before you can apply to a professional position, you'll most likely need to create a basic resume. There are several sections and key pieces of information that should be included on any basic resume. Once you understand what needs to be included on your resume, you should be able to create one in no time at all. Then, you'll be prepared to apply for any professional position you desire.

Put Together Your Resume

  • Type your name at the top of the resume. This can be typed in bold font and font that's slightly larger than the rest of your resume to help it stand out.

  • Type your contact information below your name. This should include your physical address, city, state and zip code, phone number and email address.

  • Create an objective for your resume. Your objective should basically explain the type of position you're looking for and the level of experience you have. For example, your objective might state, "Seeking a position as a full-time, entry level salesperson in a large publishing house."

  • Summarize your professional qualifications in a summary of qualifications section. This section should be about three to five lines, and it should give an overview of your skills and experience. For example, you might include how many years you've been working in the industry, how many years of management experience you have, specific computer programs you can operate and other areas of expertise, such as office management or troubleshooting certain technical equipment.

  • List your previous jobs in a work experience or work history section. For each of your previous positions, include your title, the company name, the location, your dates of employment and three to five bullet points that best summarize your duties and responsibilities in each position.

  • Include a section for your education and professional training on your resume. In this section, list any degrees you've earned, along with the university, the location, your area of study and the date you earned the degree. Also, include any certifications you've received or training programs you've completed in this section.

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