By On Feb 17, 2020 Templates
While there is no set standard resume format, they should generally contain the same information. Most generic resume templates use a format similar to the following: full contact information, objective statement, work experience, educational background, and a list of miscellaneous skills and hobbies that are directly relevant to the position for which you are applying. However, the real purpose of a template should be seen as enhanced customization. Work your resume down its most bare and essential elements; then, customize it for each different job that you apply for. Develop your own standard template, but do not ever send this one out. Use this model saved in Word format or a Word template format to quickly and easily add to and develop based on the exact requirements and industry of the specific job. Be sure to save mutiple versions of your resume, both your primary one and the documents tailored to specific jobs.
When it comes to resume format and design, opt for a clean layout. A recent study from the job site Ladders found that resumes with so-called F-pattern and E-pattern layouts, which mimic how our eyes tend to scan web pages, hold a recruiters attention for longer than those aligned down the center, or from right to left. There is no one specific, best, font for resumes. You should use the same font style throughout, Leavy-Detrick says, but play with different weights and sizes to draw a recruiters eye to key parts of your resume. Sans serif fonts usually work best — Franklin Gothic, Calibri, and Avenir (the last of which we used for the attached template) are three of Leavy-Detrick is favorites.
Effective technology resumes clearly show the candidates technical skills a hiring manager should not have to go fishing for this information. An excellent way to include technical knowledge is to add a Technical Summary or Technical Expertise section to your resume. Break the section into subcategories so the reader can quickly scan through your knowledge of programs and applications. Possible categories include technical certifications, hardware, operating systems, networking/protocols, office productivity, programming/languages, web applications, and database applications. List only those programs/applications that you could confidently discuss in an interview. The reader should not be impressed only by your technical qualifications, but should also find you to be likeable and well-suited for the team. Soft skills such as interpersonal communications, ability to work collaboratively, and commitment to achieving corporate goals are just as desirable as your computer skills. In other words, your resume needs a personality. You can highlight some of these skills in a career summary section of your resume.
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