Hi. My name is Pat Goodwin with patgoodwinassociates.com,
and today we’re going to talk about writing a simple resume. When you think about a simple
resume, what are you trying to project? You want to make sure that everything on the resume
is spelled correctly, that you are demonstrating the value of who you are and what value you
bring to the company that you’re interviewing for. So simple resume would be basic components
of your work history. So let’s stop, start at the top. It’s going to have your name,
centered in bold, probably a ten or eleven point. I would have it centered in bold at
the top of the page and then your contact information below that. Make sure that your
email is professional email. Make sure that the message on your voicemail, or your cell
phone, is a professional message. Then you would have the word summary. What is it that
you’re trying to accomplish? If you choose not to have a summary, you might have the
word objective, which would be all Caps in bold centered. You would have a statement
about what it is that you’re looking to do: seeking an opportunity as a administrative
assistant. Seeking an opportunity as a veterinarian’s assistant. What are you trying to do? So you
want to make a statement about what it is that the job that you’re looking for. You
could alter that per job that you apply for. Underneath that you would have the summary,
the word summary, centered, all Caps and bold. Two, three sentences about who you are as
a person, how you think. Then underneath that you would have professional experience. If
you don’t have any experience, particularly, or you don’t feel like your experience is
professional, then I would have you think twice about that. Anything that you do, and
you do well, I would consider professional experience. So I would encourage you to write
either experience or professional experience. You could say work experience. The name of
the company where you’ve worked, the city, state, and to the far right, you want to put
the dates of employment. Underneath that, you want to put a title, or what you did,
as in that job. And underneath that try to put two to three bullets about what you did
and how well you did the job. It’s directly reflective of how you think and who, what
you want to convey about yourself. Instead of just a job description, think about saying
something like: directly responsible for teaching three year olds in a private preschool, assuring
safety and education at the highest level. So you look at situation, action, result.
If you’re administrative assistant, you might say: directly responsible for professionally
answering up to thirty lines on a certain type of phone system, assuring all calls were
directed accurately and total customer service or total customer satisfaction was achieved.
After that you would then have the next company that you worked for and follow the same format.
Below that you would have your education, and you would have that word centered, all
Caps in bold. You would want to make sure that you put any types of professional training
that you had, any type of customer service training, any classes that you’ve attended.
I would not have: references provided upon request. You’re going to have a separate resume
sheet for that. But hopefully that will help you think about in how to construct the best
simple resume that you can.