Creating the perfect resume format - Is there such a thing?

October 2, 2021
By Jordan Mantel, M.A. CCC-SLP

I often get asked: “What sort of layout should I have for my resume?”

There is no perfect answer to this question, but below is a detailed guide of steps to follow if you want to create your resume layout yourself!

It can be frustrating and time consuming, but with persistence, patience and a creative eye - I have no doubt you will crack the daunting ATS. 

With that being said, here we go….

  1. List everything in chronological order, starting with your most recent role. Employers are interested in your most recent work experience; you should not be going into detail about professional experiences that occurred 12 years ago. We live in a “What have you done for me lately” world.
  1. Keep it simple but ensure you’re adding key touches to add that “wow” factor to your resume. For example, I like to add a “Target” at the top of my resumes that communicates to the Hiring Manager my client’s intention and the job they’re applying for. In addition, this isn’t a time to experiment with unusual fonts or complex layouts. 
  1. Utilize a one sentence statement under each role that comprehensively describes your role. Then, use bullet points to list your most impactful accomplishments under each role. 
  1. Tell and SELL your story. Your resume should tell the story of your career and be tailored toward the job you're applying for.

At the end of the day, you’re the best person for the job! I hope these resume formatting tips provided some insight to support the creation of your resume.

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