Before you sit down to write (or fix) that resume, the very first thing you should do is make a list of everything you've ever done or accomplished in your entire life. This means everything: every single job, award, honor, volunteer work, skill, language, hobby, wart, bad dream, and witty retort.

Organize your list into the following sections:

  • Education: Where you went going to school, what your GPA was, a list of classes you took, what your major/minor was. If you're still in school, then.

  • Employment: All jobs you've ever had, and the dates that you had them through, including all volunteer work.

  • Activities: All school activities in which you participated. Write them all down. If you held any leadership positions or started the group yourself, throw that in too.

  • Honors: These are academic, athletic, or community awards or scholarships. Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude would be included here.

  • Skills: If you speak any languages (even if only at a conversational level), all of your computer knowledge, especially of complicated programs, if you know how to operate heavy machinery, all that stuff goes into the "skills" category. This is like the potpourri category of stuff you know how to do.

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