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Those entering a career in law or education are taught to take care in preparing their resume, but according to "Blue Collar Resumes" author Steven Provenzano, correct grammar and spelling are vital for blue collar resumes. No matter what job you are applying for, your resume should be a well-written record of your accomplishments. Each section of your resume--including your education, experience and skills--should be supported with facts from your training and previous jobs.
Create a header for your resume that includes your name, address, phone number and email address. If you do not have an email address, create a new, professional-sounding email address such as "email@example.com." Personal, informal email addresses like "firstname.lastname@example.org" make an immediate bad impression on your potential employer.
Create the section title "Education" and list any degrees you hold, including your high school diploma, and beginning with the most recent. Include the name of the school, its location, the type of degree and the date you received it. If you hold a certificate in a specific trade like welding or electrical repair, include that in this section as well.
Create the section title "Experience" and list your previous jobs, beginning with the most recent and moving backwards. Include the job title, company name and location, when you worked there (like "June 2007-July 2009") and a bullet-point list of three to five duties you were responsible for. Begin each duty with an action verb and avoid using first person ("I"). For example, "improved packaging and shipping process" or "oversaw construction of Faulk Bank."
Create the section title "Skills" and make a bullet-point list of the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are licensed to drive a specific type of vehicle or have experience painting interiors and/or exteriors, include those in this section.
Create the section title "Awards" and make a bullet-point list of any awards or accolades you have received at prior jobs or school, such as "Perfect Safety Record" or "Employee of the Month."
Proofread your resume carefully. If possible, have one or two co-workers read it over for mistakes as well.
Each section of your resume should be single-spaced, with a space in between each section and section heading.
- Each section of your resume should be single-spaced, with a space in between each section and section heading.
Kara Page has been a freelance writer and editor since 2007. She maintains several blogs on travel, music, food and more. She is also a contributing writer for Suite101 and has articles published on eHow and Answerbag. Page holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas.