I’ve been seeing a lot of interesting resume structures in my resume/cover letter/job application coaching sessions… so I thought writing a post about the aesthetics of a good resume might be worthwhile O=]
Here are the basics of a good-looking resume
- Your name goes at the top – nice and big
- You contact info underneath
- Then your objective — make it short, clear and persuasive (including the name of the company and something specific to the job you’re pursuing never hurts.)
- Next, your “skills” if you want to have such a section
- Then your professional experience
- Bold your headings (professional experience, education, etc.)
- Don’t write paragraphs about your past positions, use bullet point lists.
- Put the name of the company and its location on the same line (city goes on the right side) see example below
- Then the name of your role and the dates you held that position (dates go on the right side) see example below
- Don’t skip lines within a job description, but do skip 1 line between different jobs
- Make sure you have similar line indentations and bullet points throughout your resume (sounds silly, but it does happen and it makes your resume look very unprofessional!)
- Keep it short: 1 page, 2 max!
- Don’t be afraid to modify things (break some of these rules) — just do what it takes to make it look neat and organized.
And what does all this look like?
Hope this helps!
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