How to Write a Resume While You Are Currently Working

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Most people write a resume while unemployed, but there are many circumstances under which you may want to write a resume when you're still working. For example, you may know you need to move or be in a paid internship where your employer knows your employment won't be especially lengthy. Writing a "still working" resume requires that you look at your current job as an ever-changing list of possible accomplishments. Viewing your work in this light and changing up a few usual rules of verb tense are the only real differences between an employed and unemployed resume.

  • Review your current position for any noteworthy accomplishments and events, noting details like the number of people you may have supervised. Jot these accomplishments down. Add to the list as you work.

  • Make a list of responsibilities and achievements for each previous position you intend to put on the resume. Include only employment you have held in the past 15 years, unless you've held your current job for a period longer than that.

  • Open a new word processing document and type your name, address, phone number and email address on separate lines, centered.

  • Return at least two times after your contact information and set your justification to left. Type out the word "Objective" in bold capitals, followed by a colon. Write out your objective starting with an infinitive verb (a verb in its most basic form, with or without "to") (e.g., "to obtain a position with..."). Use a hanging indent if the objective runs over one line. Return twice.

  • Following the format outlined in Step 4, type out the words "Work Experience" and write the name of your current employment company in upper and lower case bold. Underneath this with a hanging indent, write your title in bold. Underneath the title line, write "Responsibilities," italicized and followed by a colon. Under this, use bullet points to list your duties in your current position. Start each bullet point with a present tense verb. Under the duties list and aligned with the word "Responsibilities," write "Accomplishments," italicized and followed by a colon. Use bullet points and present tense verbs to itemize your list from Step 1.

  • Following the formatting outlined in Step 5, list your previous employers, duties and accomplishments. For these, use past tense verbs.

  • Following the formatting outlined in Step 4, write out your education section. Bold the institution names and years attended. Put the degrees earned in bold under the institution/year line. Under this, write "Relevant Coursework" in italics, followed by a colon and list classes applicable to your new job, separated by commas.

  • Following the formatting outlined in Step 4, write "References" and insert your references data. This is optional.

  • Make sure the resume is single spaced (except between sections), less than two pages, and has hanging indents after every section title. Proofread carefully. If you need to cut, eliminate bullet points or remove the oldest item from the work experience.

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