How to write a good resume

Having an effective resume is the first step toward getting a job. Although, most young job seekers may not think that they have enough job experience to put in a resume one can be written that will highlight experience in such a way as to tempt the most discriminating employer. Conversely, experienced job seekers often try to put too much into their resume. Knowing how to write a good resume requires knowledge of the client, their experience, and the industry they wish to enter that will give them the best chance of landing a preferred position. This article will give examples of different types of resumes from how to present personal information to what extras should be included. The best way to write your resume will be explained below.


Personal Information

First, how do you arrange personal information so that it gives a good opening, but doesn’t detract from the rest of the resume? The potential employer wants to know your name so make sure that it is at the very top (usually center aligned), in a very large clear font and bolded. Like this:

John Doe

When the hiring party is flipping through the resumes that they have received, you want them to see yours to the exclusion of all the others.

The remainder of you personal information should be muted. Human Resources should know how to get in touch with you without having to search for that information. Some resume writers put that in formation at the bottom of the resume, but directly under the name is the preferable spot. Like this:

Any Street, Any City, ST Zip • Phone Number • Email Address

Other items can be added to this, but keeping it simple is the best advice. If they need more means of reaching the person they will request a cell phone number, etc. later.




This is a one sentence description of the type of job that the employee is seeking and is an essential part of knowing how to write a good resume. It is better to make sure that it is as complete and succinct as possible. The Objective should only be one line long, but at the most two.



A list of the persons various qualifications is most common with either a Functional or Combined resume. This is a bulleted list of the various skills that the employee possesses. These are also generally targeted to the Objective of the resume. The section will look like this:

  • -Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills to develop a positive rapport with clients.  Experience working with a diverse population encompassing clients, staff, and management.

  • -Experienced in case management for children, teens and adults in the areas of health and developmental services.  Proficient in performing initial evaluation, assessments, and service recommendations.

  • -Ability to coordinate community service networks, collaborate with health service organizations, professionals for appropriate treatment options, and assistance.

  • -Skilled in managing budgets, staffing and scheduling, and supervision for a variety of programs.

  • -Excellent work ethics and strong time management skills.  Flexible in working various schedules.



This is an important piece of information for an employer, but it may not be as relevant as experience. Education and experience should follow one another but the order will be determined by the type of resume. In most chronological resumes, experience will come first. The exception to this is when the job requires a certain amount of education. For example, a counselor must have at least a Master's Degree for most positions. The writer would want to put all education first in this case. Only include post-secondary (after high school) education unless this is a first time job right after high school.



Place the Experience before or after the Education piece as required by the type of job or level of either. This means that if the person has been obtaining an Education, but has very little relevant job experience, then list Education first. Experience is best listed first when the job requires a great amount of Experience or the person applying for jobs does not have a lot of relevant education.

When listing the Experience make sure that you have enough information that the potential employer can see why this is included. There should be at least two bullet points describing specific experiences gained while employed at that place of business. Following is an example:

Mental Health Counselor                                                                     2003-2007

  • -Performed team leader responsibilities managing a shift of up to four other counselors and eleven residents which included assigning staff for client care, interfacing with outside agencies, determining referral appropriateness, and managing immediate crisis.

  • -Completed the San Diego County clinical intake process for potential residents and subsequent discharge upon completion of treatment.

  • -Created, implemented and facilitated groups on ADL issues, relationships, drugs and alcohol, and various topics related to mental health.

  • -Assisted fellow counselors and residents with crisis management issues by determining the severity of the incident and taking actions from using nonviolent crisis intervention to utilizing outside law enforcement agencies.

-This lists the title, the timeframe of employment, the former employer, and then the bulleted Experience that is appropriate to the job sought. Remember every specific Experience does not have to be listed; only those that apply to a specific job type.


Miscellaneous (Conclusion)

Some people do not think that their resume is full unless they have included a few extras. These may be awards, certifications, skills and etc. These can be listed in separate sections or under a heading such as that given above. Sometimes these are important to list because a job will require certain certifications or skills. These can also be a good way to raise the potential employer's eyebrows. Remember that learning how to write a good resume can be an effective way to assist someone (maybe even yourself) find that dream job.