It is widely known that a resumé is what gains you the interview, but the interview is what earns you the job. The point is that your resumé is the introduction on paper or a digital file of your education, abilities, and experience.


Education is one of the most important sections in your resumé. This area is meant for you to list the highest degree earned at a learning institution. A college degree in this section shows the employer your level of trust, discipline, integrity, and respect. Education also reflects a sense of awareness and understanding of rules, policies and regulations. It makes you a more prestigious individual with an experience of critical thinking, analysis, planning, organizing, and achieving long-term goals.


Abilities is just another word for skills. You may have some knowledge and understanding on how to do things others may not be able to accomplish. While most jobs require computer literacy and other technical skills, you will stand out from the competition by listing unique skills, such as knowing how to use Adobe products and database software. This is the area where you may list the languages that you know how to speak, write and read. You may also want to list your professional abilities. This list is a summary of what you talk about in the Experience section of your resumé. A great way to find out your capabilities and competencies is by asking a friend, parent, mentor, professor, or a coach to give you some insight on what you are good at doing.


Experience is what you have done during a job. When you hold a position as a cashier, you want to make it sound like a bank teller position. You are not going to embellish or lie about what you did. You are writing down what you learned and accomplished. The experience will determine the type of person that you are. The employer will briefly view your resumé and will make a quick judgment based on your experience and how neatly you have organized your past occupations.

You may also use volunteer positions as occupations. The way of going about it is making these non-paid positions sound like jobs. If you held a position in student government, make sure to mention what you accomplished. If you organized an event, such as a school dance or a fundraiser for a scholarship, use words that indicate what you did to execute these events. It is all about describing what you did with strong adjectives like coordinated events or managed a public relations campaign.

Helpful Websites:

You may use a template for a resumé as a guide, but it is your decision on how you wish to organize it. If you want to view some samples, visit the following websites: ExampleResumes and OfficeTemplates

A great way to start promoting yourself to the world is by joining the professional network of LinkedIn. (I heard a professor say that this website is like facebook with a suit)