5The Basic Résumé and Some Résumé Makeovers

YOU WANT YOUR résumé to explain clearly what you have done, who you have done it for, and how successful you have been. It should be written in simple terms a high school senior can understand. This chapter offers a basic annotated example of what a résumé should look like for most professional job searches. Then, there are four examples of weak résumés and the corresponding makeovers to show you how to fix common problems, such as not sufficiently stressing your strengths and accomplishments or having a résumé that’s too long or too detailed.

Standard Résumé Format

The following sample shows information organized in a way that employers will expect to see it presented in a standard résumé.


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