/ Asked by Chris
What are the main things that really should be on resumes? I have friends who have really basic styles and mine's more creative looking, but we want to make sure we aren't missing anything necessary or forgetting anything that will help us stand out!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
As a recruiter, there are a few main points I look for on a resume. First, and most importantly, is your contact information. You want to be sure a potential employer can easily access your email and phone number to contact you. You should also include your concentration/major along with your degree. If your GPA is above a 3.0, I would recommend including that as well. If your GPA is not listed, a potential employer may assume it's too low to be considered for a position. If you are still in college, I would also include your anticipated graduation date.

Next, you should always include your previous work experience and extra-curricular activities. When adding your work experience and extra-curricular involvement, add your roles and responsibilities. If you held a leadership position within an organization, highlight this as well. After you reach your sophomore or junior year of college, you should remove your high school experience.

If you have extra space and need to fill your resume, you can also include relevant coursework and skills that would be relevant to the position you are applying for.
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Good question! One’s resume should contain everything that an employer needs to know and shows them that you are a good match for the position. In other words, your resume is your own personal advertisement. Every resume should include one’s contact information, an objective statement, employment history, education, and other information. Contact information should be placed at the top of your resume. As for the objective statement clearly states the purpose of your resume, make sure to tailor it to the type of job you’re applying for. As for employment history, list the most recent position held first and back track from there. For education, list your educational accomplishments, starting with your most recent or highest degree. Include the name and location of the institution attended, your degree, and field of study/major. And for other information, this may include organizations, volunteer work, skill sets, awards, and hobbies. Feel free to make your resume stand out in any way that you see fit, but these are the main things that employers are looking for.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, November 9, 2015
Your resume is potentially your first introduction to a potential employer, so it is often a good idea to tailor it to your audience.  Having more than one version of your resume is a good exercise in looking at your experience from different angles and how it might appeal to different employers who are looking for a variety of skill sets. 

If you are looking for a job in a creative field, you may want your resume to demonstrate your ability to be design focused or utilize media resources in an innovative way.  One note of caution though, as mentioned in a previous reply, you should make it simple for a recruiter to find the key ingredients.  Contact, Experience, Education...don't make the core so hard to find that you get overlooked.

The job description is often a good road map as well.  The employer is telling you what the must haves are.  Don't make it hard for them to see that you have them.  Have more?  Great, that's the icing on the cake.  Best of luck!
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