A resume layout is the way your information is organized in your resume and also how the data is meant to be received by the recipient. Fortunately, there are many resume layout options available to job seekers. A fast change of font, style, and graphical elements can change the feel of a resume from traditional to modern. That’s just how easy it is to completely revamp your resume format or style, but the substance of the resume is another aspect of the layout that needs to be carefully altered as well.
Lovetoknow.com has listed some basic tips:
When you are preparing your resume, keep these formatting tips in mind:
* Set up one-inch margins at the top and bottom, as well as the sides of the page.
* Use one font throughout your resume. Times New Roman or Palatino are popular choices for business use.
* Make sure that the font you choose is large enough to make it easy to read, without being overwhelming.
* Use spaces between each section of your resume to set them off.
* Your resume should fit on one or two pages only. If your document runs over, you need to edit it down to fit.
Considering the actual layout of your resume, there are many options what you can do with your information. You can use: traditional,one column resume layout, two column resume layout, centered resume layout, left aligned resume layout, indented layouts. Near the bottom of this website, RulesAboutResumeLayouts.com, you will see examples of each type of of the mentioned column layouts. Seeing these resumes visually should help you decide which layout you like best. If not, try formatting your resume with columns moved to the left or centered and see how that represents you.
Another format decision you will to make is whether you want your resume to be functional or chronological. Here is the difference between the two:
Chronological: A chronological resume begins with listing your job history, most recent position first on the list. Most employers like this type of resume because they can easily see your work history, how you’ve progressed in your career over the years and how long you have held down each position.
Functional: A functional resume focuses on skills and experience, rather than your chronological work history. This format tends to be used by people who have a lot of different skills, are changing job fields, or have been out of the workforce and have no recent work history
Your resume is the main document in your job search, therefore, layout is key in order to attract the interest of Human Resources. Keep your resume fluid. Based on what jobs you’re applying to, create several formats and keep all of them updated. You don’t know which company is going to prefer a specific resume format, read through the job description and requirements and take time to learn what format seems to work best for that type of job or field. For instance, functional resumes do not work well in technical jobs because summaries of relevant technical skills, awards, and achievements need to be listed after each job, not just used in one big list at the beginning of the resume. Once you get a start sending the most applicable resume format to a certain type of job opening, you will increase the chance of getting your resume reviewed by HR and, hopefully, a phone call.