A resume is a summary of your relevant experiences and skills. It serves as your written presentation during the job search. The resume will stimulate organizations to request an interview, where you can elaborate on your background, experiences and skills.

Each person's resume is unique. While there are various layouts and styles to use for a resume, there are basic guidelines you should always follow. You want it to be easy to read, highlighting pertinent information for the reader. You should focus on achievements and accomplishments. When writing, use action words within your descriptions.

Do NOT use resume templates. You have more control and flexibility creating your resume as a Word document. If you need to upload your resume in a web based application program or email your resume as an attachment, Microsoft Word is generally the most universal program to use.