Writing a Resume

Learning how to write an organized, informative resume is extremely important when you are entering the professional world. Many scholarships, job applications, and internship applications require a copy of your resume. Your resume is the most crucial part of the application process. It gives the reader a brief look at your personal information, your job history, your accomplishments, and anything else regarding professional history or skills. In this blog, you will learn what a resume is and basic instructions for how to write it.

What is a resume?

A resume is a brief, one-to-two page document that outlines your qualifications for the job/scholarship/internship of interest to you. It is an important part of your application. It provides the employer/supervisor with basic information about you as well as your work/volunteer history, education, and accomplishments that you feel make you a good candidate.

What should I put in my resume?

A resume should cover about five to six important areas: your contact information, your education (both completed and anticipated), honors and awards, involvements, volunteer work (if any), and previous employment (if any).

How should I organize my resume?

A resume is designed to give an overview of your professional information. You should never use sentences in resumes. Trcpr-flyery to use bulleted lists to keep your information short and to the point. Employers and supervisors will not want to waste time reading a lengthy, drawn out resume. If they need an explanation of something, they will most likely ask you in your interview.

First off, you might be wondering what to put for your contact information. The employer/supervisor will need to know your basic contact information to get ahold of you if you happen to get the interview. At the top of the page, you should have your first name, middle initial (optional), and your last name, your mailing address, a phone number they can reach you, and an email address if you have one. You should always list the best ways you can be reached. For example:

Your Name (First, Middle Initial, Last)

Address                                                 Phone Number                                                  Email Address

The following information (education, honors/awards, involvements, volunteer, and previous employment) should be organized under headings with the details sorted into a brief, bulleted list. For example:


* Lincoln High School, Class of 2018

* University of Nebraska-Lincoln Class of 2022 (anticipated)

Your list involvements show the employer/supervisor how committed and involved you are in areas besides work. Your involvements can be anything: sports teams, fine arts, clubs, or any other extracurricular activities. It does not matter if you have been part of the activity/club for a short time. It is up to you what you put in your involvements. For example:


* Track and field (2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018)

* Band (2015-2016, 2016-2017)

* Soccer club (2016-2017)

What if I have no volunteer or previous work experience?

Volunteer work and previous employment are areas that you might have little to no experience at all in. That’s okay! If you have no previous employment, this link is helpful for getting you started: https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/make-a-great-resume-with-no-work-experience

This blog was written to give a brief explanation of what a resume is and what kind of information to include. Attached are a few links with downloadable templates and more resume tips: * https://templates.office.com/en-us/Simple-resume-TM00002110 * https://app.resumegenius.com/resumes/new#/resume/new * https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/resumes-cover-letters/6-universal-rules-for-resume-writing

If you want to get in-person help in Omaha or Lincoln: * https://www.rescare.com/workforceservices/locations/?state=Nebraska

o RWS NE ESA OMAHA LOCATION: 7215 Ontario Street Omaha, NE 68124-3574 | Phone number: (402) 763-6700cpr-flyer

o RWS NE NDCS RE-ENTRY LOCATION: 3720 N 27TH ST # 6 Lincoln, NE 68521-4163 | Phone number: (402) 458-4927

o RWS NE PROBATION LINCOLN LOCATION: 2202 S 11th St Lincoln, NE 68502 | Phone number: (402) 441- 7778

* Heartland Workforce Solutions (Douglas County) o http://www.hws-ne.org/YouthServices.html

o (See attached flyer)

* Project Everlast (Lancaster and Douglas County)

o http://www.projecteverlast.org/

Best of luck in your professional future!


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