How Should I Structure My Resume?

Your resume is a physical, comprehensive summary of who you are as a professional individual. When you approach the resume-building process, you should make sure to be intentional, careful, and personal. If you want your resume to stand out among your competitors, you should adhere to the recommendations below. 

Stick To The Facts

When you create your resume, it’s great to include some personal touches here and there so the recruiters can gain a sense of who you are as a unique individual. However, if you can display your authenticity through objective facts, your resume will often reach the top of the pile. Instead of using descriptions that can be subjective or exhibit your creative imagination, you should remain impartial in your words so that you come across as honest and professional. Throughout your resume, reflect the truth and you will be attracting the most integrity-driven companies.

Experience

This section is often the most essential to demonstrating the skills and qualities that make you a strong candidate. Outline your career progression in an easy-to-read format and include your accomplishments in each position. Furthermore, it’s important to include quantifiable descriptions that validate your achievements through numbers as you must be ready to discuss your high-quality performances during an interview. Depending on the position, and the firm to which you apply, your examples should pertain to the specific role or job and draw interest from both the recruiter and hiring manager as extremely relevant to their company. 

Layout

As Michael Scott would say, “KISS”—“Keep It Simple Stupid!” In all seriousness, your resume should be sleek, simple, and quick to read. The name and contact information should be at the top with current and relevant experience immediately following. Education, honors, and awards should also be included with short descriptions or summaries. As you gain professional experience, continue to shorten the education section to create additional space for work accomplishments. Lastly, as technological skills are becoming increasingly critical in the market, companies are scanning resumes for familiarity with technological tools. If you have a “software skills” section, you will be a much more coveted candidate. 

A Clear Path To Success 

An effective resume can go a long way. The right balance of facts and personality, complimented by a substantial focus on your professional experiences, and completed with a simple yet powerful layout will capture the attention of the recruiters and hiring managers. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to achieving that dream job. 

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