Your resume should contain: your name, relevant contact information, career objective, education, skills, and experience. In case you were wondering, the name on your resume should represent your government name that displays on your identification; do not use any aliases. If you are weary of using your address and phone number on a publicly distributed document, you can omit it, but an e-mail address must be present.
An objective is not always necessary, but if you have minimal work experience, your objective can express what you would like to do. Think long and hard about the objective—it should be definitive but not too narrow. It should articulate the skills you want to utilize along with the skills you possess. The listed skills should be relevant to the position you are applying for; do not list computer-programming skills unless the position is a computer-programming position. Your objective can also be used as a great speaking point for your interview. Once you understand what you want to do in your career and the skills you have to accomplish those tasks, you are capable of performing great in an interview.
Your education is important—especially if you have minimal work experience. Your education can be used as leverage for experience. Be sure to list the schools in which you have obtained your diploma or degree, your major, the dates of completion, and your GPA. If you have not yet completed school, list the future date of completion. Only list your GPA if it is a B average or better; do not highlight a low GPA.
The skills section can be used to highlight courses from your education that are relevant to the job you are applying for; do not list general courses. If you have earned any certifications, list the name of the certification, the certifying organization, and the date of completion.
Experience is the most important section of the resume. Depending on your experience and the format you choose, your experience should be relevant to the position you are applying for. Prior to updating the experience section, complete an exercise of outlining all of your skills gained through education or other work experience. Include tasks completed, tools utilized to complete the tasks, and dates associated with the tasks. Once you have completed this exercise, determine the experiences you would like to highlight and the best format for highlighting these experiences. Experience can be displayed chronologically, by project, or by skill set. When writing out the experiences, be sure to use the same verb tense throughout the resume. Remember: if you are utilizing a bulleted list, bullets are not sentences and should not end with a period.
Here is an example of listing your experience: Authored Cloud Technology white paper by utilizing business journals to conduct research.