How To Write A Resume That Rocks: The Details

Last Wednesday we talked about the basics of resumes. We covered the sections you should include, which ones you shouldn’t, and other general tips! Today, I’m going to go more in depth into those sections and provide some examples! I’m covering everything from the header to the bottom of the page, so you better have a notebook and pen! Ready? Let’s get down to adulting business.

*Note: Surprisingly, this post actually includes spoilers to Gilmore Girls. Why? Because I’m obsessed.

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Header

The header contains your name and contact information. Your first and last name should be centered across the top and in a larger font size than the rest of your resume. If you’re going into a more creative field like fashion or graphic design, feel free to have a bit of fun with this part. Don’t make things too crazy, but show your potential future employer that you have personality. 

Here’s my resume header. As you can see, I am a fan of pink and black. I can also expect this header to catch the eye of whoever is looking at my resume!

Resume Header

Underneath your name, include your current address, phone number, and email. Now, I’m not going to show you mine because then all y’all stalkers are going to know where I live. Not that I don’t trust any of you, I’ve just seen one too many episodes of Criminal Minds! However, since I want to provide as much help as possible, here is an example of what this may look like:

1234 Peach Street • Stars Hollow, CT 10010 • 515.555.1000 • rorygilmore@yale.edu

You might also notice I’ve watched a whole lot of Gilmore Girls. And yes, the rest of the examples will be based off the show. You’re welcome!

Education

Starting with your most recent and/or current schooling, lay out your institution, program of study, graduation date, all that good stuff. If you have a GPA above 3.5, it is encouraged you include it. However, once you are out of school for a few years, you can take your GPA off. After 5 years of industry experience, any future employer of yours isn’t really going to care about your 3.8 GPA.

Also, include any study abroad experience you had. Studying abroad really makes you stand out amongst your peers who did not. It proves you had the initiative to take a step out of your comfort zone to learn more about your passion. Recruiters love that stuff!

Professional Experience

In this section, highlight all the relevant jobs you’ve had in relation to the job you’re applying for. This means that Rory probably wouldn’t include that card swiping job if she is applying for a newspaper position. She would, however, want to include that internship she had for Mitchum Huntzberger’s newspaper.

Along with the workplace and your position there, include at least three of your duties. Make sure to start each one with a different past tense action verb. Make them concise so that they stay on one line. This makes your resume look cleaner.

Skills

There are two types of skills: hard and soft. Think of hard skills as applications, and soft skills as general traits. You want to include both types in your skill section.

Examples of hard skills: Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop, 100 wpm typing speed

Examples of soft skills: Time management, work under tight deadline, quick learner

Precede all of these skills with another strong verb, preferably different from the verbs you chose in your job summary.

Relavent Work

This section includes everything that doesn’t belong in any of the previous. This might include a blog, extra curricular activities that relate to your field, any related projects you may have done, etc.

Format it similarly to your professional experience. This time you don’t have to list out all your duties, but summarize it in 1-2 bullet points.

Final details

Formatting

You may want to add some extra creative formatting to your resume, and that’s okay if you’re going into a creative industry. Just be aware that you don’t go overboard.

Templates

Avoid using templates for your resume! Resumes are not one size fits all, plus template layouts can get all funky if you press a wrong key. Figure out what layout works best for you.

Was this a helpful post? Did you enjoy the Rory Gilmore-themed examples? Let me know in the comments!

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24 Comment

  1. This is SO useful. I think so many people struggle with resume writing.

    1. Thank you Alex!

  2. Ugh, I hated writing resumes in college and post-grad! I always found them so boring, and never knew how to actually portray who I was on a white piece of paper!

    Love this post though!

    xx, Jamie
    theblonderlife.com

    1. Thank you Jamie!

  3. This is so helpful for any college students! This rocks, Anna!

    1. Thank you Summer!

  4. A resume is so important! It’s also important to have it updated on LinkedIn as well!

  5. So cute you based this off Gilmore Girls! Both this post and the first one have had such great tips.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Lol thank you Annaliese!

  6. These are such great tips, Anna. I needed this in college haha.

    1. Haha thanks Jenny!

  7. HAHA I am dying! Love the gilmore girls reference! Great tips!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    1. Lol thanks Rachel!

  8. What an amazing, helpful post! I’m trying to get my resume in order to apply to internships so this is a really great read for me right now 🙂

    1. Ugh girl, I’m in the middle of applying to internships too!

  9. When I skimmed this earlier I thought to myself: wow this sounds like Rory Gilmore’s resume. When I came back and read it in more detail I seriously LOLed.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

    1. Lol yeah! I’m kind of obsessed!

  10. This is amazing! So many great helpful tips!

  11. Love love love your tips! My resume was one of the hardest things i put together and I never feel like it’s enough. Also love that this is Rory Gilmore’s resume. Great post!
    xx
    Ashley

    1. Haha thank you Ashley!

  12. You put together such great tips!

  13. I love this! I suck at resume writing, haha! It’s no fun but this is definitely a helpful post!

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