Great Tip For Resume Formatting
* The 4 sections of a resume
* Formatting tricks for the computer age
* Use news sites as a model
What is a Resume?
Before you start worrying about how your resume is formatted you need to make sure it is complete. So, what exactly goes into a standard resume these days? In general there are four sections. First is the Branding statement. This is a short statement about who you are and which position you are applying for. Most resume screeners are reading applications for many different positions so the main purpose here is one of organization.
Next comes the Summary. Here is where you highlight how your particular set of skills and abilities match the job description that has been posted for the position. While a general list of skills is OK, you should always strive to include the exact wording from the ad or posting as often resumes will be put through an automated screener to search for these terms as an initial culling step.
Now we move on to the Work History. Brevity is key here. You want to include enough detail so the resume reader knows what you have done and can do, but you do not want to over burden them with verbiage either. In general a reader will give a resume 10 seconds- don't waste them! Your Work History is the heart of what a resume is.
Next comes the Education portion. Nothing fancy here. Where did you go? What degree did you earn? Unless you have a unique situation that is it.
Experienced Resume Format
Now comes the tricky part. How do you format all this information. 10 minutes spent online will garner you a lot of conflicting information, and with good reason. There are as many views on resume formatting as there are resume writers and readers. No one format is going to be a home run with everyone, so decide on a strategy and stick with it. However, there is a trick that can help.
Think Like a News Site
Many resumes are read online, or at least on a screen, therefore thinking like a website designer can give you an advantage. When we read a computer screen we read left to right, and always start at the top. Therefore the top left corner is the most vital piece of real estate on your resume. Look at any successful website and you will most likely see an ad in, or near, this spot- they know something you can use to your advantage.
Keep most of your important information, above the fold. This is old newspaper-speak for the top half of the front page. Only about 30% of online readers scroll down, so make your point at the start of your resume. Don't fill the top half of the resume with filler, make it substantive.
With the right information, and a formatting strategy you'll be a step ahead of many resume writers in the great job hunt.
Posted by Steve P Brady