How Do I Choose a Format for My Resume?

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When it comes to your resume, what you say is critically important; so is how it looks. If it’s cramped, has an unusual font or doesn’t make use of boldface type or bullet points, it’s going to be tough for a hiring manager to read. Even if you’re the most qualified candidate, you won’t get called for the interview as a result.

To ensure your resume is formatted properly, here are four tips from the resume writers at ResumeSpice to implement today.

Keep the ATS in mind.

Many companies, especially larger ones, use an applicant tracking system (ATS) when screening resumes. These generally don’t like fancy graphics or non standard fonts, which can lead to you being filtered out of the process. Instead, focus on using traditional fonts and take a simple approach in terms of the aesthetics. This includes point sizes that are between 10 and 12 and fonts, such as Arial, Verdana or Times New Roman.

Make it easy for hiring managers to scan.

Hiring managers only spend a few seconds looking at each resume. Therefore, it’s important that yours is easy to read with details about your strengths quickly communicated. One way to do that is by including a Summary of Qualifications at the top. This takes the place of an Objective Statement and lists, with bullet points, what makes you uniquely qualified for the job.

Use a reverse chronological format.

Unless you’re an entry-level worker or changing career fields entirely, use a reverse chronological format when writing your resume. This simply means your most recent position is listed first and the rest of your positions are in descending order.

Be consistent.

Whatever mix of bold, italics or fonts you choose to use, make sure you’re consistent. For instance, if you bold your most recent job title, then it’s important that all subsequent titles follow that same format. Just don’t overdo it with whatever formatting you use, which can be distracting.

One exception in terms of formatting is if you’re applying to a position in a creative field, such as graphic design. A hiring manager will expect a certain aesthetic, including out-of-the-box fonts, colors and imagery.

Looking for professional help with your resume? 

Connect with the resume writers at ResumeSpice. Whether you’re an entry-level employee or an executive, we can provide the feedback and assistance you need, along with services that are guaranteed. Contact us today at 832.930.7378 to learn more or get started.