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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

Formerly the senior content manager at ATD for career development and host of the Accidental Trainer podcast, Lisa Spinelli writes about career development and pathways. She is the editor and main author of Teachers to Trainers (ATD Press) and is working toward her ACC accreditation with the International Coaching Federation as a career and transition coach. Currently, she is director of content strategy at Degreed. Spinelli also volunteers her time outside of work coaching and assisting transitioning military service members and spouses as well as disabled entrepreneurs in their new career paths.

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