Structure and Format
The foundation of a resume is important in that it holds the document together. The structure and format act as the bare bones of the resume and, when done properly, presents the candidate in an impressive and professional manner.
- All contact information is displayed at the top of the page, name in bold or a larger font, and other details easy to read. This section should be placed above the header.
- Try not to exceed one page in length if you can manage it.
- All formatting (bullets, bold text, italics, font sizes, typeface, and spacing) is consistent and neat throughout the entire page.
- All tenses (verbs and action verbs) are in the present tense for jobs/positions in which you currently hold; past tense is used for a position that you are no longer presently occupying.
- There are two - five statements in bullet format listed under each type of section listed.
- Section order is logical and neat, refer to the free resume creator for appropriate order placement.
Although the content of your resume is what is most important, no employer is going to take their time to read about your accomplishments if its appearance is sloppy or simply incorrect. Take a moment to be sure that the appearance of your document checks out with respect to this list.
- There are one inch margins positioned on every side of the page.
- Black ink is used and an appropriate, typical font is chosen. Font size is neither too large nor too small and the entire page is easy to read.
- A logo or photo can be added to increase the level at which the document is aesthetically pleasing and interesting.
The contents of your resume essentials display who you are and what you have done professionally with your time. These sections are, by far, the most important when it comes to job applications, so make sure that you follow all these guidelines and get noticed for your outstanding experience.
- Your content section should include the following headings: Education, Skills, and Experience.
- The Employment section may include no more than five jobs, but pick and choose the most relevant employment for a specific job position without employment gaps showing.
- The Education section should, again, include no more than five institutions, but avoid putting high school information if you have achieved a higher level of learning.
- The Skills section should list any certifications, internships, volunteer work, or apprenticeships that you may have. Be descriptive and write about any equipment or languages you are proficient with. The Skills section can go more into detail, for assistance with creating your skills section see our tutorial on writing skills.
- All statements made as descriptions should include the following: begin with an action verb, depict how your skills and accomplishments have encouraged you to do an excellent job at whatever you are writing about. Also, quantify your strengths by using an actual numerical value in your statements such as, increased sales 40% in the third quarter. Don't forget to use keywords in your writing.
It isn't easy to fine-tune your resume so it differs from all of the rest when there are such strict guidelines to follow. However, by going the extra mile and including some of these features in your documents, your portfolio can be a beacon to recruiters to get you an interview.
- Proofread the entire document for spelling errors and grammatical errors. Our spell check feature can aid in this task.
- Incorporate the use of action verbs any chance that you have. This will make your writing more appealing and interesting.
- Include skills that employers are searching for: communication, team-building, incredible work ethic, and passion for the field.
- Don't forget about any awards you have received. Place them in along with your experience or in one of the Additions sections.