Why is My Resume So Important?

The resume is your primary marketing tool with you as the product.  Everything in it is designed for one purpose--to encourage the reader to put you at the top of the stack and to ask you in for an interview.

At PIT we recommend a resume-building process that is built around communicating the value you bring to an organization.  In the sections below we will show you how to identify your value AND how to organize it to your greatest advantage.  If you would like to see examples of completed resumes using this process, please check out the section on Sample Resumes.

Build Your Resume

Resumes have four basic sections:

  • Contact Information
  • Career Summary
  • Career History
  • Education and Other Areas of Interest

Section #1 -- Contact Information


City, State  Zip




Address                                                                                                               Phone #

City, State  Zip                                                                                      xxxxxx@msn.com


Either form is fine.  Use the one that looks right for you.

Section #2 -- Career Summary

In this section, the goals is to describe yourself to a potential employer in 4-6 lines, including the most significant personal characteristics and skills that you would like for them to know about you.  This is often the last thing that is written, because it requires you to know yourself and your skills well enough to summarize them in just a few sentences.



Certified Travel Consultant with extensive experience in management, high profile client service and sales. Functional expertise in training and development, reporting, and information technology.  Proficient in Word and Excel.  Strong sense of urgency, initiative, and ability to multi- task in a fast paced environment.


Section #3 -- Career History

The career history is designed to demonstrate the value you have brought to your previous positions.  As you construct it, keep this in mind at all times.  Without value, a potential employer has no reason to choose you over another candidate, and that is not what you want!

When you think about value, try to think in terms of numbers, percentages, dollars, progress, or any other measure that shows how you helped your company, department, team, or division make progress.  You will want to be as accurate as possible, but don't get lost in trying to find every tiny detail.

As you list your positions, start with the most recent and work backwards in time.  Account for all of your positions so that your reader doesn't have to wonder where you were or what you were doing during a particular time period.  The farther back in time you go, however, the less detail you need to include.



Community Bank, City, State                                                                                          2001-2004

Community Bankshares, Inc., with $6.4 billion in assets, is the largest bank holding company headquartered in Iowa. CBSI has 85 full-service offices in seven states throughout  the Midwest.

Data Services Manager

Directly responsible as a working manager for the daily processing of Computer Operations, Item Processing and Statement Rendering consisting of 25 direct reports on three shifts and assisted management in Proof and Mail Service Departments as needed.

  • Increased department efficiency by 25% over a two-year period by reorganizing personnel through team building efforts.
  • Planned and organized the relocation of Computer and Statement Rendering operations equipment valued at 3 million dollars for a 6 billion-dollar organization.
  • Reduced departmental supplies by $25,000 per year by stopping auto shipments and ordering on an as-needed basis.

Section #4 -- Education and Other Areas of Interest

These are the final sections of the resume, focusing on your educational history and other areas of your personal and professional career that have not been detailed in other sections.  Include the major items of your educational history, the locations, and years you completed them.  Areas outside of eduction should be kept to a minimum and include positions that help support your value to a new company.



B.A., Economics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC                                                           1975


Board of Directors, Non-Profit For America                                                                             2004-2006
Treasurer, Local Organization For Autism                                                                                           2008


Following these basic guidelines will enable you to begin constructing a powerful resume that works for you.  Check out the samples in the next section to see how they all work together.  And don't hesitate to contact us if you need additional help.

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