How you format your resume is just as important as what you put in your resume. While there is no single source for a resume format, many computer programs and websites offer helpful templates that are free to use. Choosing a style that’s right for you is not only a personal decision, but a professional one as well.
Your resume format is personal because this document represents the very best you, on paper. It should also be professional because of who is reading your resume.
It’s important to keep this in mind because a potential employer is going to scan your resume for approximately six to ten seconds and then they make a decision about wanting to read the whole document. Keep in mind that yours is not the only resume they have to read – in fact, the average submission rate for a job opening is well over one hundred and twenty, per job.
The bottom line here is that you should get right to the point, or they will move to another resume.
There are five main sections that make up your resume. They are:
Objective Statement – Also referred to as a Vision, Goal or a Mission Statement.
Summary – Highlights of your experience in short and sweet bullets.
Work Experience – Hierarchical and all-inclusve? Not Necessarily.
Education – No, this is not a Cirriculum Vitae.
Training and Certifications – If it’s relevant to the job, it should be included.
There is one last part that you can add as an alternate section.
(Hobbies) – This helps the employer get to now you as a person.
Setting up your document is actually quite simple.
If you don’t feel like searching through thousands of templates, that’s ok. Stick to the basic format for now and get the substance together. As you add your personal information, you will tailor it to your personality without even realizing it.
I’ll show you how to set up a basic resume in this short video:
Once you have the basic sections of your resume set up, you can add your header. This element is set at the top of your page, and only contains your immediate contact information. These essential elements will be your “calling card” while a potential employer is reading your resume…
This next video will show you how to insert a footer in your document. The footer should be as uncomplicated as possible…
Alrighty then, now that you know what you need – it’s your turn to start building your basic formatting on your own. Next up we will start building the content of your resume. Click here to move on to the objective statement.