Simple Resume Tips From ATD's Career Center

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

While you may not be looking for a new job, many talent development professionals are always willing to entertain a fresh opportunity when it's offered. Make sure you are ready for the next step in your career with a revamped resume. See our resume tips below from the ATD Career Center as well as our skill-based and experience-based resume templates.

Contact Information

Put your contact information at the top of your resume, but not in the header. Include your name and phone number at the top of each page. Here’s what you should include in your contact information:

1. Name (Don’t include nicknames unless you’re applying for a disc jockey position.)
2. Cell phone number(s)
3. Private email address
4. LinkedIn profile address


Show what is unique and distinct about you and create desire to learn more. See the Personal Branding Tips sheet about value statement. Remember, be authentic and let your personality shine through.

Work History

Consider what career path you are targeting. Group training into categories. Stress your soft skills as well as technical ones. Search your desired career and position; include keywords you see within those descriptions when applicable to your resume.


Education background should be included at the end of your resume in this order: Name of the educational institution, followed by the name of the degree and the major. List the latest degree first, but do not include your GPA.

Volunteering and Networks

Be sure to include your volunteer work and the groups you have joined, you never know when you will come across another toastmaster, Lion or Eagle scout! Connections are key.
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About the Author

Lisa Spinelli is the Senior Content Manager for the Career Development, Talent Management and Finance communities as well as the ATD Job Bank administrator and host of the The Accidental Trainer podcast. She is also the creator and manager of the ATD transitioning military service member workshops, Troops to Trainers, and editor of the ATD Press book Teachers to Trainers.

Prior to joining ATD, Lisa worked as a content strategist, editor, and journalist for over 14 years. Some of her freelance work was previously published with Fast Company magazine, Huffington Post, Mental Floss, Northern Virginia Magazine, Houston Chronicle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Associated Press, to name a few. She grew up in Rome, Italy, and is an alumna of the University of Virginia and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her three little divas and USAF veteran husband. Follow her on Twitter @atdcareerdev.

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