Ask an Expert: What Information Belongs on a Resume?

Whether you are writing your first resume out of college or are embarking on a search after several years or even several decades, you may need a tutorial or a brush-up on what to include on your resume. Here are some guidelines for you to follow.

1. Contact information

Include your name, full mailing address (hiring managers may be skeptical of resumes that contain a P.O. Box or no address at all), cell and/or home phone number, and e-mail address (professional only; no one wants to hire someone whose e-mail is "smokin21"). You may also want to include your LinkedIn URL, personal website URL if you have one and even your Twitter handle.

2. Profile or Overview

This is the big-picture view of who you are and the value you bring to employers. This is generally a better strategy than an objective statement, which references your goals but rarely addresses the needs of the employer.

3. Areas of expertise

These are the keywords or buzzwords that are relevant for your job industry and job function. For example, areas of expertise for an accountant might be general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and balance sheets. If you are not sure what the appropriate keywords for your industry or job function are, review job postings for positions you would consider applying for, pick out the relevant skill requirements and incorporate those skills into your resume.

4. Work experience

List your experience in reverse chronological order. Include company name, location, employment dates, job title, a brief description of the company and your role, and at least three of your top achievements. Repeat this for each position you have held.

5. Military history

If you served in the military, include a section noting your role and relevant dates.

6. Education

List your education starting with your highest level of education and working backward. Include the name of the school, location, degree program, degree received and graduation date. If you have an associate's or bachelor's degree, you do not need to list your high school. If you earned an associate's degree and then went on to complete your bachelor's, you only need to list the school and degree program for the bachelor's degree. If you attended college, but did not complete your degree, list the school name and degree program (if declared) and dates of attendance. Only list training classes and programs that are relevant to your target audience.

7. Certifications or Licenses

List any relevant certifications, license numbers, licensing states and dates received.

8. Language skills

Include your level of competency -- bilingual, proficient, or knowledgeable -- and note if you can both read and write the language.

9. Relevant volunteer work and hobbies

If you have volunteer experience or a hobby that is relevant to your job target that would better round out your candidacy, include it. Otherwise leave this section off the resume.

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Tommy Truth


I served in the Army back in the early eighties and although I was never in combat I still helped to protect our country. Now several years later I cannot get a job because of all the goddamn outsourcing. For many years I worked in the technical field until I was laid off mainly because they wanted only Hispanic people worked there so they would no longer have to give raises and benefits. Since then I have had a few jobs but every time I get laid off always having something to do with outsourcing Now pretty much all the technical, manufacturing and engineering jobs have been outsourced overseas. I have been out of work for almost 3 years and I've sent my resume to over 2000 companies and filled out over 1200 applications and only gotten 4 interviews in three years.. If I mention that I was in the military during an interview, they look at me strange and say "ah, how old are you by the way ?" Now when I fill out an applications I don't put that I'm a vet or for sure I won’t get the job. No one wants to hire a 45 year old vet when you’re in a recession and heading into a depression.

If it wasn’t for the brave people of our military that sacrifice there lives and limbs to protect our country, these goddamn businesses and corporations would not be free and able to exist and make billions each year in a democratic society. How do they show their appreciation for the troops and the country, by shipping all the jobs overseas or to Mexico so they can make a bigger profits and bonuses.

What does the government do? Instead of stopping the outsourcing they encourage it. Instead of forbidding it or at least taxing these businesses the government does the opposite and gives them huge tax breaks. To top it off the government and the states are outsourcing federal jobs overseas instead of giving them to our people.”.

Let’s face it, our government used to be the greatest but now it’s nothing but a pile of dogshit. The people running it are the most greedy, selfish, rotten, lazy group of asshosles that ever existed. How anyone could support our piece of shit government is beyond me.

The population is expanding rapidly so we need more jobs not less. The government tries to bullshit us by saying thousands of new jobs are being created but what they don’t say that at the same time millions of jobs are being outsourced or eliminated. Also the new jobs are low paying dead end jobs like fast food servers or sign wavers.

This is also why there has been a steady increase in crime. What can people do when there’s no more jobs and the cost of living has skyrocketed. food, utilities, rent, mortgage, everything up and up. Our goddamn government thinks it’s a joke.

There’s is ONLY one way to stop the recession. Reverse the outsourcing and bring the jobs back. All the government has to do is increase taxes on companies that outsource and lower or eliminate taxes on companies that don’t. At the same time sharply increase the tariff on import taxes (mainly China). Level the playing field. Double, triple, or even quad triple the taxes on the companies that outsource. Tax them to a level that forces them to return the jobs to this country. It’s simple as that.

Why doesn’t the government do this. It’s because outsourcing helps the rich get richer and that’s all our government cares about. The government says” we are all rich, our friends and family are all rich, all we care about is the rich. The rest of the country can die in the streets for all we care.” Our government wants a depression so that they can turn us into helpless slaves.

I love my country, but our government has become a steaming pile of crap……..
Unless we all band together to fight the government not only will we be out of work, but our children will have no future and will all face a life of poverty and violence….

We need a revolution now……

February 02 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I bet he is real fun in an interview. I'm sure he carries his attitudes and anger in to the interviewers office. From a hiring manager's view when you meet him it's NEXT person please.

February 15 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only part I disagree with is not using a objective. While I agree most are about the applicant, some talk about helping the employer meet their long term goals. That catches my attention. They are here to help me with my business. It also showes they did their homewrok and researched my job and company - more points in their favor. Don't disregard objectives, if they are pointed at the job they can be very powerful.

February 15 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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