January 16, 2018 0 By Deanna Howlett

What is a resume? And why do I need one?

A resume is a representation of you; it sums up your work experience, accomplishments, education, and credentials on a sheet of paper.

Resumes don’t get jobs, they get interviews”

With that being said, any job that you need a resume for is any job that you want to interview. Employers usually rely heavily on the resume.
Most positions are very competitive, so your job is to make yourself stand out among other applicants!

What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)?

A CV is an expansion of your resume. Most jobs will not ask you to write a CV, so we will not cover that here. If you would like more information on CVs, please go here: Curriculum Vitae (CV) vs. a Resume

How do I get started on my resume?

First off, it’s important to put in the time and effort needed to create a professional-looking resume! A professional and well-made resume will show your potential employer that you are a professional and have the desire needed to be an excellent employee.

What information do I include on my resume?

Contact Information – Make sure your resume is updated with your most recent contact info. Personal phone number, e-mail address, and home address are ideal for resumes.

Make sure your e-mail address is appropriate! If your school offers an e-mail address, use it! Create a new e-mail address if needed! is much more appropriate than!

Work (or Professional) Experience – Include all work experience relevant to the position you’re applying for. Include the name of the organization, the city and state of the organization, dates you were employed there (month and year), and a short description of your accomplishments and technical skills used.

Education – Put where you received your education, your major or course of study, and any degree(s) you obtained. GPAs should be listed only if 3.0 or higher. This is also the section to highlight additional training or certifications you may have received (i.e. CPR, ServSafe Food Handlers, etc.).

 Awards and Recognition (Optional)  List most recent honors, certificates, or awards you received.


There are many organizations available in the Evanston Community that will help you build a resume including ourselves (City of Evanston Youth & Young Adult Division — see our contact info), Youth Job Center, National Able, and many more!