We developed this step-by-step resume outline as a sort of guide to resume writing. What will you do with this outline of a resume?
When you get ready to start writing your resume, it's important that you be organized. One way to organize your thoughts is to use an outline to guide your resume writing, like the one on this page.
You can just print out the page and gather the information you need for each of the sections as noted.
Once you do that, you'll have everything together that you need to actually begin constructing your resume. Or, if you've decided to use a professional resume writing service or an online resume builder, the outline of a resume will make sure that you'll have all the information they need organized!
I hear you asking, "Why exactly is it so important that I use a resume outline to keep my resume organized?" Well, it's like this...
Hundreds of resumes will cross the desk of the hiring manager.
Hopefully, something in your cover letter will entice him or her to spend a few more seconds looking at your resume.
Your resume must make a powerful enough impression in those few seconds to tempt the hiring manager into finding out more about you through an interview.
So, you see... If your resume is not organized, you'll never make it through that test!
You can use the categories in the outline of a resume below to start collecting the information that you need to guide your resume writing.
You won't necessarily be writing your resume in the same order as the categories appear below. But at least you'll have everything you need in one place.
Then, once you've gathered – or thought about – the info you need, download and print this resume outline worksheet (PDF; opens new window) and start writing!
I recommend you download and print the PDF above, but if you want to see what's on it first, here you go...
If you take a cavalier, "I'll think about it as I write it" approach to putting together a resume, it will show.
Likewise, if you take your time, think it through, and use a resume outline to get organized, it'll show too... in a good way!
To create & distribute professional resumes and cover letters that will help you get your next job, I highly recommend this online resume builder. You won't really even need a resume outline if you use it as a guide to resume writing!