If you get an interview, your employer will oftentimes be starting from a blank slate. In other words, they will have nothing to go off of excepting your resume.
The resume is often your first impression. Given the many that apply, a potential employer will only take about thirty seconds to read each one. And so, with the limited amount of time and thus the limited amount of limited amount of words, you must make sure your document is grammatically correct and very succinct.
The resume must say almost everything about the potential employee (you). Always this will start with the most pertinent information, id est, your name, address, and phone number. Obviously, this most pertinent information is needed here so that if the company desires to get in contact with you it will be easy for them to, and then, hopefully, they will schedule an interview.
Next is the career objective, this is the reasoning for why the applicant wants to apply for the position. You should put a strong and specific goal and not such a general or vague one, the potential employer will think to him/herself “this person has direction, and knows what he/she wants”. You want to present yourself as someone who wants to work for THEIR company, and their company specifically. So for instance, if your applying to be an assistant for a small appliance repair company in arlington texas, you would want to research the company and highlight points about the position that would make you a great asset to them.
Next, you should have a section that highlights your skills and knowledge that you have accumulated at previous jobs. Better would be to highlight accomplishments, the specific improvements that you brought to your previous jobs instead of a “list of duties”. You can also detail what you have learned from holding these positions and how you may put that information to use in the future. You want to show your qualities and how you can contribute to the future growth of your potentially employing company.
Then, you should present your educational background. You should list here all of your relevant credentials. The keyword here is relevant.
Lastly, you should list interests and hobbies only if they are indirectly related. While it is true that employers are looking for well-rounded individuals, they don’t have much time to be reading resumes, so you should really only include incredible accomplishments or related interests and hobbies.
In conclusion, there is no ideal resume. It very much depends on the situation, the job, and the company.