A resume is nothing more then an introduction to you. Don't be afraid to toot your own horn. The rule here is keep it simple. A good resume shouldn't be longer then two pages, one is better. Trust me on this, you mail out one that's 10 pages long or more, the employer will only look at a page or two anyway.
If you can do many different jobs, make resume's for each one. If your prospective employer knows you are qualified for many jobs, it's likely they won't hire you, you will sound over qualified.
Why write a resume? It makes you look more professional, and are honestly looking for a job. And these days it sets you apart from everyone else. Face it nothing looks better then showing up for an interview and saying, I'm (your name)and here is my resume. The employment office can make you up one free of charge, if you wish. It's how I learned. And from there I re-wrote my husbands, I've done my sons, and some of his friends. Apparently they don't teach this in school anymore.
1) The first thing you want at the top of the page is your name, address and phone number. Absolutely no social security number. This is a resume, not an application.
2) State your Job Objective. For example, on my husbands it was: a cook food preparation position, utilizing my skills and experience.
3) List your Attributes. Attributes are different then skills. For example: Organized, ability to learn quickly, adaptable, ability to train others, etc.
4)Now list your skills. Skills are what you can do, an enhancement on your abilities. On my sons resume(he worked in a factory that made food) I listed he was a sanitation specialist.He was the one who cleaned up after them, at night. He never realized he was a sanitation specialist. Break down your last job, what did you do? Inventory and ordering?
Perhaps you worked in customer service and helped people solve their problems, Then in Attributes you would say you were a problem solver and in skills you would enhance that and say, you field questions and complaints, and and make sure the customer/client is satisfied with the outcome.
5)Now you want your Related Experience. That means list your jobs. Keep it simple, list job address, position and phone number. If you go beyond 3 - 4 list the rest under, Other Work Experience. Personally, I wouldn't go over 6. You also don't need to list every job you ever had here.
Okay, we're near the end here.
6)List your education. You don't necessarily have to list what you majored in.
7)and last but not least, the end line should read References: available upon request
As I said in the beginning, keep it simple. Innuendo and euphemism is key here. The goal is to tantilize the prospective employer. Make him want to give you an interview.
Here is the format I use:
Other Work Experience