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As a first-time resume writer, I recommend you start with the website gotresumebuilder.com It is easy to use, free, and will give you lots of pointers. And when you are done, you will have a very professional looking resume that can be saved in both Word and PDF, among others.
The basic format is
HEADING: your name, email address (make sure it sounds professional!) and phone number. Us older folks always put mailing address, but no one writes to you anymore, so that is optional. Include city and state if you want, but not if you are applying for a job in another part of the country, as they tend to not consider outsiders sometimes.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS: Very important. Employers quickly scan resumes, but they will pause to read the summary of qualifications. Write it LAST. Why? Because right now, as we speak, you don't know what makes YOU great!
WORK EXPERIENCE: Do the best you can to show WHAT you did, and, the QUALITY and QUANTITY of the work you did. Most jobs are about making money. That is why businesses exist. Focus on how you helped the employer make (sales, marketing, collections) or save (safety, attendance, regulatory compliance) money. Start with your most recent employer. List the employer's name, your job title, city/state, and dates of employment (month/year) . You can add volunteer work and internships to this section. It's all about what you learned.
EDUCATION: If you have college, there is no need to list HS. If all you have is HS, list it, and the month/year of graduation, or anticipated graduation.
HONORS AND AWARDS: If you have any.
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS: if you have any. Here is a spot you can use to talk about skills learned outside of work or school, for example, if you organized a fund-raiser, or presented a program with a lot of speakers, etc. Don't just list what you belong to, list what you did!
Now go back and write the summary of qualifications. What is the first and last impression you want to make on that employer? The most important things you want them to know about you? Put it in that summary!
Oh, and write everything with bullet points. It is much easier to read than long paragraphs.
I'm sure others will add some ideas. I've covered the basics. Feel free to ask questions if you need further help!
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