- Unless you have a very good reason, don’t use anything but a chronological format.
- A variety of styles—create your own instead of using a template on Word
- No complete sentences
- No “I”
- Be honest—Resume fraud has reached epidemic proportions, and employers are using more rigorous screening techniques.
- Identifying Information
- List your name, addresses and telephone numbers of your present and permanent address, and your e-mail.
- Use a larger font size for your name.
- Career objective
- Your career objective should indicate
- the type of position you desire,
- the kind of ministry or organization for which you want to work and
- possibly a couple of skills you will use.
- Example: Seeking a position in youth ministry with a church that can use an individual with a strong work ethic and a desire to lead teenagers to faith in Christ.
Education or Experience dilemma—Present information first that is the most impressive and/or most important to the job for which you are applying. Typically, college students begin with education.
- Education should be listed in reverse order with the last college you attended listed first. Do NOT include high school.
- List college, city and state, and degree you received. Check the catalog to verify correct wording of degree.
- If the resume is for part-time work or internships prior to graduation, use the inclusive dates of attendance at the institution.
- Include teaching practicums, field experiences, or internships.
- If you are responsible for 20% or more of your college expenses through scholarships, grants, loans, or work, place this information at the end of education section.
- Experience should be listed in reverse order with the last job you held listed first.
- List organization, your title, city and state, and inclusive dates of employment for each job.
- Under each listing, use bullets and active verbs to describe duties.
- Include full- and part-time jobs, self employment.
- Use past tense for past jobs and present tense for present jobs.
- More recent resumes I have looked at use active statements that show results
- Developed a new filing system that reduced paperwork by 50 percent.
- Handled all customer complaints and resolved all product order discrepancies.
- You may have an additional section that is specific to you. Options could include
- Scholarships and Awards
- Interests and Activities
- Professional Affiliations and Activities
- Volunteer Work, etc.
- Keep your resume to a page, if possible.
- Balance material
- Use standout headings
- Allow adequate white space
- Choose easy to read type. You may vary fonts and sizes.
- Use quality paper. Acceptable colors are white, cream, gray, or light pastel. Show sample.
- Do not include references on your resume—do not even add references furnished upon request. Submit on a clean sheet of matching paper or carry them with you to the interview
- Avoid personal information. However, ministry resumes often require age and marital status.
- Must be perfect! A misspelling can be the kiss of death—right in the circular.