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Resume overview. This resume summarizes the work experience and education of an individual who seeks an internship as a technical writer or graphic designer. Although she is at the beginning of this career, she is clever enough to collect .
Note: This resume has not been designed as an online or web resume. Web resumes take advantage of the web and online delivery medium in ways; this example is simply a rendering of the printed version.
Heading. As in most resumes, the writer's name, address, and phone number are placed in the heading portion of his resume. Notice the different design used here, with the name left-aligned and the rest of the heading material right-aligned.
Objective. This writer indicates both her short-term objective—to get a technical writing internship—and her long-term objective—to have a career as a professional technical writer.
Summary This is an example of a often-used section in resumes—the summary or highlights section where writers present six to eight bullets describing their best qualifications. This section typically occurs about one-third of the way down the page, right at that point considered to be the first place that readers look. However, bestowing accolades upon yourself, such as "Excellent business writing and communication skills," is a bit risky. Less patient or polite readers are apt to mutter, "Sez who?"
Professional experience. in this work-experience section, the writer summarizes her work experience, emphasizing the writing- and graphics-related work in each job. If you find yourself at the beginning of your career unable to find any experience to work into your resume, keep in mind what this writer has done. She has gone back through all of her work experience with a finetoothed comb looking for anything related to the job she is seeking.
Design: experience section. Notice that this writer does not bullet her responsibilities at the jobs she has held, but instead uses standard paragraph format. Notice that most of the sentences begin with a verb—resumes usually omit the "I" from descriptive sentences. Notice also that this writer highlights her job title; the name of company for which she worked is part of the descriptive paragraph and not highlighted at all.
Dates. Note that the dates in this resume are in the traditional left column and are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Education. This writer downplays her educations considerably—perhaps to make room for details relating to her technical-writing and graphic-design experience.
Seminars. To emphasize her acquaintance with the business world, this writer lists and briefly describes the professional seminars she has attended.
Details, details, details. This resume is fairly good about building in as many specifics as possible. Details make you stand out, cause readers to slow down and take note, make readers remember you. Generalities such as "extensive experience in technical writer" do absolutely nothing for you—in fact, cause some readers to wonder if you are lying.
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