Write Your Resume

A well-written resumé will help to sell your skills and abilities, giving you the best chance of getting the job you want.

Your resumé should be clear and well organized. It should include:

  • personal information, including your name, address, phone number and email address

Tip: Include just one phone number and one email address to make it simple for a potential employer to reach you. Don’t include overly personal information such as your birthdate or marital status. These details could cause an employer to unfairly discriminate against you, knowingly or not.

  •  work and volunteer experience, including your previous titles, tasks and key accomplishments

Tip: Use action words to describe your experience.

  •  related skills, including job-specific skills and certifications, computer skills and trades credentials

Tip: Include all your skills that might be useful to the position, such as first aid certification or an ability to speak another language.

  •  relevant education, including post-secondary credit and non-credit programs and courses

Tip: If you’re a recent high school graduate, give your graduation date and the courses you completed that are relevant to the job.

  •  awards and achievements, including work-related, academic and community awards

Tip: Include those relevant to the job you’re seeking.

  • memberships in professional, business-related, school or community groups

Tip: Don’t include religious or political associations.

  •  references who will vouch for your skills and abilities and speak positively about the quality of your work

Tip: Contact your references for their permission before including them.

The Resumé and Cover Letter Builder tool will guide you step-by-step through the process of writing an effective resumé and cover letter.

Writing a Winning Resumé provides a wealth of valuable, detailed information and a sample resumé.