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The following guided worksheet is for a combination/performance style resume. It is intended to help you put together a first draft in this style. (To begin work on a functional style resume, you can still use the worksheet. 

Let’s begin... read through each section’s hints and suggestions and then complete the blanks appropriate to your situation. At completion, you will be ready to type it on computer and produce a first draft for review. You will realize quickly that you will probably be revising / updating your resume on a continual basis.


The heading includes contact information; name, address, home or work phone number with area code and e-mail address. You want to let the employer know how to contact you to schedule an interview.

Full Name:  
Complete mailing address

w/ zip code:

Phone number w/ area code:  

Job Objective:

The job objective tells the employer what kind of job you are looking for. It is fine to say "a position in office administration" or "construction technology". "Seeking a position in..." works well. Adding a job objective to the resume helps if your cover letter and resume is separated during the mail process.

Job Objective:  

Profile or Summary:

The profile or summary is another way to inform the employer about the job objective. The profile or summary tends to be lengthier. Keep the profile to two or three sentences that inform the employer about your objective and your reason for sending the resume.


Profile or Summary  



This section should answer the following questions: Why should we hire you?


Skill Categories

Identify this section as Highlights, Skill Summary, or Qualifications.

In this section, begin by identifying the skills or qualifications required for the position. You can find this information in the job advertisement, job description, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on Choices software, or by asking someone who works in your field of interest. List only those skills you can actually support. Be prepared to give examples of how you have used these skills in work-related settings. Use three to five statements to stress accomplishments, results and achievements. Try to limit each statement to one line.





Equipment Operation


Why are action verbs important? (Refer to action verb list on page 7.)

Experience and achievement statements that begin with action verbs sound much more productive, powerful and impressive. Compare the following:

Secretary: Was responsible for typing, filing, phones and reception.

Secretary: Typed 65 wpm. Managed filing system for seven coordinators. Answered multiline phone system. Handled office reception efficiently and courteously.

Use verbs in the present tense for current positions and past tense for previous positions. For example:

Present tense: Prepare and maintain work logs and reports.

Past tense: Prepared and maintained work logs and reports.

Sample headings under Highlights, Skill Summary or Qualifications

Software Marketing Material Handler
Hardware Sales Operations
Communication Case Work Customer Service
Computer Supervision Repair
Organization Construction Maintenance
Mechanical Advertising Electrical
Training Internet Development Heating/Air Conditioning
Programming Management Quality Control
Analysis and Design Service Production
Public Relations Equipment Operation Machine Operation
Retail Team Leader Inspection
Hand/Power Tools Assembly Programming Language


Sentence starter examples

Proficient in…

Experience in…

Skilled in…


Plan and implement …


Familiar with…

Comprehensive experience in…

Extensive knowledge of…

Proven abilities in…

Plan and conduct…

Train and supervise staffing…

Knowledge of'…

Trained in…


Education & Training:

This section may be titled "Education", "Training", "Academic Background", etc. If you are referring to college, most often it is titled "Education", and if you are referring to on-the-job training, workshops, seminars, or military, use the "Training" title.

  • Start with most recent school or program and work your way backward - reverse chronological order. (If you have had any post-high school education or training, then you would not list high school.)
  • Give date of completion, degree or certificate awarded, school name and city/state location.
  • Optional - under the school, you could list a few courses that would be of interest to the employer, particularly if you want this section to be a large one because you have little work experience.
School Name, City/State:  
Degree or certificate awarded:  
Date of completion:  


School Name, City/State:  
Degree or certificate awarded:  
Date of completion:  


School Name, City/State:  
Degree or certificate awarded::  
Date of Completion:  


Continuing Education:  
Seminars, workshops, specific on the job training, certificates earned, skills:  

Work Experience:

Title this section Experience, Professional Experience, Work Experience or Work History. If you do not have work experience related to the field you are pursuing, title this section Work History. If you have related work experience, use any of the titles listed above. Include full-time, part-time, civic, volunteer, internships or charitable work. If you have not held a job, consider omitting this section.

Start with your most recent employer. List employment dates in years (1995 - present), the name of the company, city, state and your job title.

Example: Job Title Company name City, State Years employed

If you have had several jobs with the same employer, list the starting date of your first position and the ending date of your last position. You might want to consider putting your skill categories under each job as you moved from job to job within the company.


Dates of Employment:  
Company Name and Location (city, state):  
Job Title/s:  


Dates of Employment:  
Company Name and Location (city, state):  
Job Title/s:  


Dates of Employment:  
Company Name and Location (city, state):  
Job Title/s:  


Dates of Employment:  
Company Name and Location (city, state):  
Job Title/s:  

What’s up with the "Action Verbs" thing?

Other Headings:

There are many other headings and sections you can use to demonstrate additional skills or experiences on your resume. You may want to have a separate section for Computer Experience, Military or Professional Organizations. If you want to draw attention to a special skill or ability, use a separate heading.

Professional Organizations

Name of Organization

City, State


Producing Your Resume:

When you are ready to type a draft on the computer, use a software package with flexibility, such as Microsoft Word. However, any word processing package you are familiar with is fine. Save your work on disk so you can easily make revisions. Use a standard type font (such as Times New Roman). Keep most text at 12-point size or 11-point size.

Editing and critiquing your resume: When you complete a final draft of your resume, let a friend or co-worker review the content and comment on the appearance. You can drop off your resume or schedule an appointment for critiquing at the Student Development office, located in room 123 of Linn Hall.


Type your references on a separate page with the heading References. Bring your reference list with you in case it is requested during an interview. Your list should include the name, title, address and phone number of three to five people who have direct knowledge of your work skills and abilities. Some ads request professional references; some ask for personal. If the ad does not specify, list professional references. If you choose to include personal references, designate which references are professional and which are personal.

Contact the people on your list to obtain their permission to serve as a reference. Contacting your references prepares them for an employer’s call so they can speak confidently, positively and knowledgeably about your performance. When talking with your references, refresh their memories about your accomplishments and the skills you displayed at work. Let them know which skills you would like them to stress to prospective employers.



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