There is no such thing as the "right" format, and there are a number of ways to effectively organize your unique background on a piece of paper.
- Contact Information: Includes name, address, phone number (home and/or work), and e-mail address. Make sure email address and voicemail message are appropriate for professional correspondence.
- Education: Includes the name of your college, the city, and state; the name of your degree, your major and minor (if you have one), your graduation date (or anticipated date), and your GPA (optional). Typically near the top of your resume for current students/recent graduates. If you attended more than one school, list the most recent first. Write out the full title of your degree, e.g. "Bachelor of Arts in History, May 2016." May supplement this section with "Relevant Coursework" or "Academic Accomplishments," if appropriate and related to desired position.
- Experience: May include paid employment, volunteering, internships, military service, athletics, etc. Include the name of the organization, position title, and dates of the experience. Add bullet points that demonstrate specific relevant and transferable skills.
Follow this formula to maximize impact:
VERB + HOW/WHAT + RESULT or GOAL
Customize your headings and organize your experiences to highlight first your strongest qualifications for the position (e.g. "Professional Experience," "Relevant Experience," "Leadership Experience," "Teaching Experience," etc.)