As I said in a previous post, I don’t think there is just one good resume format.
The more important question to ask yourself: What’s the best way to display my tailored (to this particular job opening) skills so they will be noticed? Then choose that format.
Having said that, the format outlined below works well.
However, WordPress doesn’t like to “format”, so my outline doesn’t look like I want it to – spacing and centering are off.
Just keep in mind that you want to produce an inviting resume. Don’t use ornate type, icons or color. It’s distracting. Keep your resume simple, focused and professional looking.
Center each section if you wish. Bold section titles and make them bigger if you’d like. Maybe use a broad line between sections to highlight them. But don’t do much more than that.
Remember: less is more when it comes to a resume.
722 Dewey Avenue Home: 123-456-7891
Anywhere, NY 7629 Cell: 987-654-3210
3-4 line statement summarizing your most relevant (to this job) experience/skills. No need for complete sentences. This statement should be powerful, concise and targeted to job description
- 14+ years in global project managment
- Proven leadership skills and ability to work effectively within teams
Company/Organization Name, Your Title, date (in years, don’t include months) 2012 to Present
One line descriptor of what you do/did at this company.
- 2-3 bullets (not sentences)
- Quantify accomplishments when possible
- Repeat this format for each job you’ve help (for past 10-15 years)
University of Denver, Denver, CO 2012-2014
MSW, Rose Community Scholarship Recipient
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 2007-2011
B.A. Literature, summa cum laude
- List 3-4 volunteer/community positions
- This section shows a little of “who you are”
You want your resume’s format to be inviting: clear, clean looking and professional.
Don’t clutter it with irrelevant information or too much information. When it comes to resumes, make the format simple and the information focused, powerful and tailored. Your resume is “you” on a piece of paper. Take the time to make it good so you can get that much closer to the goal of a personal interview…and then being hired for the job!
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