Most resumes begin with the person's name, address, and phone number at the top. It used to be common to include such personal data as your birthdate, marital status, and health, but now employers mainly look for information that's directly relevant to your career, or your potential as an employee. When listing education, show only your education after high school. Start with the highest level first. If you have any work related awards, honors, or memberships, you may want to list these as well. However, the most important section is your work experience. Those evaluating your resume tend to look here first, so take the time to make it interesting and informative. Starting with your most recent job, describe your experience not merely in terms of duties, but in terms of what you accomplished. Finally, there are some things that are better left out of your resume. Skip irrelevant facts like your spouse's name, children's name, grammar school, salary, race, or religion. Don't list references on the resume itself. And while it's important to be honest, never include any information about yourself that's obviously negative.