At last count there were sixty two posts and a large number of job search resources on this site, which means some of the important stuff is going to slip through the cracks.
Let us therefor reiterate a few absolutely essential details for your resume.
1) Your contact information. All of it.
- Your address (nobody is going to use your resume to burglarize your home – you can truly state your address.)
- The City, State and Zip code. People like me use this to track down candidates and find candidates who are appropriately located for jobs. If you are moving, put your new information.
- Your telephone number. Don’t worry – putting your phone number on your resume will not bring in hundreds of calls. (Dream on), but of someone is interested, they will want to speak to you. You want that, don’t you? Isn’t that why you are sending your resume out?
- Your email. People (like me) keep resumes for years and occasionally remember someone who might just love a current opening. Your phone number may change, but you can probably still be reached by email. Put it on your resume.
2) Actual information about where you worked and what you did. Not that you are award winning or wonderful.
3) Dates with months and years.
4) If you used a template (and why not? There are some very nice ones on this site) give it a final run through to make sure that you have removed all instructions like “your address” or “describe experience here”.
And that’s it.