Hey there! Good question! First off, resumes are distinct from a CV (Curriculum Vita). Resumes are usually only one or two pages. Use a professional font such as (alphabetized): Arial, Book Antiqua, Calibri, Cambria, Garamond, Georgia, Helvetica, etc. You can include a banner at the top of the first page with your name and a small professional looking photo. Include your contact information either in the header or footer and I would suggest creating a LinkedIn profile and provide that link as well. Because of identity theft and other considerations today, it is more common to include only city/state/zip (no street address). Some sections to include in the body of the resume are: an introduction and/or profile summary which can list the position or field desired; employment (most recent first); academic history (most recent first and include any honors, scholarships, awards, etc.); skill sets (such as communication + any languages other than English, organization, attention to detail, technology/software knowledge, etc.); and extracurriculars/volunteering. I’ve even included a section titled “Career Highlights” on mine.
Be concise in your descriptions. Section headers are more distinctive if you use italics, bolding, and underlining. Bullets in your sections can increase readability, but note that round ones are a bit overused. Instead consider using squares, arrows, dashes, etc. already in MSWord. Lastly, use subdued font colors for emphasis. Navy, evergreen, and chestnut are only some examples.
Note that a CV is more detailed and conforms to your particular industry or academia, usually in a prescribed order. In my case, as a professor, I have a rather long CV that includes the above as well as courses taught, administrative/leadership positions, publications, conference presentations, etc.
Google examples of resumes and CVs on the web. There are also templates as well.
One other thing…the cover letter. This is the key initial document that allows you to present your best self with confidence. The first two paragraphs are crucial. An example of the opening lines of the first
Strive to be as professional as possible in your application and documents, while also highlighting your strengths and what distinguishes you from the crowd. There is only one you! Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B
P.S. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Ask at least one trusted other to look your materials over. My apologies for this looooonnng response! Just wanted to help….