Writing Resume Part 2: Contact & Intro

Before the lesson, make sure you have sent your resume to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system. You can send an attachment by clicking the following button when you are logged on to Cambly’s website.

If you haven’t finished Part 1, please finish Part 1 first.

This following content has been modified from ResumeGenius. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

The Order of Information

The format you choose for your resume will affect what information you will include. Below is a helpful guide to the order in which you should put your information.

I. Contact Information

First up is your contact information. You don’t need to include a label for this section. List your details in this order:

  • Name (largest font on page, middle initial is optional)
  • Mailing Address
  • Telephone Number (Make sure you check your voicemail message)
  • Email Address (make sure it’s appropriate)
  • Link to online portfolio (optional)
  • LinkedIn Profile

Here are three examples of how you can format your contact information section (notice the yellow highlights):

Contact Info 5

Professional Format

Contact-Information-sample

Classic Format

Contact-Information-Sample

Executive Format

Don’t add your contact information in the header as sometimes the applicant tracking systems may have trouble processing it.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Discuss which contact format suits your situation the best.
  • Revise your contact information according to the guideline above.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

2. Choose a Resume Introduction

The goal of the introduction is to grab the employer’s attention by mentioning your skills and experiences to benefit their organization. You’ll also have a choice of three introduction formats with different focuses: qualifications summary, career objective, and professional profile.


Qualifications Summary

Qualifications Summary Example

The qualifications summary is a 4-6 point bulleted list of your most important career achievements. Avoid using generic statements and incorporate your unique voice in listing your skills.

Use if:

  • The job requires a specific set of skills
  • You have a lot of experience in the industry
  • You have many skill sets

Don’t use if:

  • You don’t have a lot of experience
  • You are an entry level candidate with little specific skills
  • You don’t have many measurable achievements

Career Objective

Career Objective Example

A resume objective, or career objective, is 2-3 sentences providing an overview of your skills and experience. This is great if you’re an entry-level candidate.

Use if:

  • You’re an entry-level candidate
  • You don’t have a lot of experience in the industry
  • You’ve recently graduated from college

Don’t use if:

  • You have a lot of specific skill sets
  • You’re changing careers
  • You’re including a cover letter

Professional Profile

Professional-Profile-ExampleThe professional profile combines the career objective and qualifications summary formats. It is the most flexible format – of either a short paragraph or list.

Use if:

  • You’ve had many notable achievements
  • You’re applying in the same industry
  • You have an area of expertise

Don’t use if:

  • You’re entry-level
  • You recently graduated from college
  • You don’t have a lot of measurable accomplishments

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Discuss which introduction format suits your situation the best.
  • Revise your contact information according to the guideline above.
  • Make sure you have finished this step before moving to Part 3.

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