How To Organize Your Resume

Having an organized resume can be the difference between standing out and being tossed to the bottom of the pile.

Learning how to organize your resume is a valuable job hunting skill.

A properly organized resume saves potential employers time when considering your resume.  If you take the time to organize your resume, it will reflect on you positively as a potential employee.

Think about it, there’s no way potential employers have time to read every single page of every resume that’s handed to them. Learning how to organize your resume will help you stand out even if your resume is just quickly scanned.

Keep your layout consistent

First step in organizing your resume is keeping all the pages the same. Take advantage of the header section of the page and include your contact information. Your name, email, address and phone number should appear on every page. Keep the formatting the same on each page.

Another part of keeping your layout consistent is picking your foot and other text decorations. Make sure all the titles have the same font and all the information should have a different font that remains consistent throughout. This will help your titles stand out and make your resume visually appealing by using two different fonts.

Another important point to consider is to make sure your bullet points are consistent throughout your resume. Organizing your job responsibilities and accomplishments with bullet points helps to keep your resume clean and avoids clutter. Make sure you use the same style of bullet throughout the entire document.  Use the same type of language as a thank you letter.

Organize which information appears first

You have full control over your resume, so you might as well use it to make yourself look as impressive as possible. Always start your resume with the section that is most impressive. If your education is more impressive than your work experience, then start with your education on your resume. If you have more work experience, organize your resume b y starting with your achievements.

A lot of people organize their resume by starting with their work statement or objective. While this can work sometimes, it’s very easy for it to come off as rigid and rehearsed. If you want to go the extra mile, you should write an objective for each company you apply with. Describe how you see yourself and your skills fitting in to what you know about the company and express your desire to become a contributing member of the team.

formal resignation letterRemember to stay away from casual language while organizing your resume. Similar to a letter of resignation, the language should be formal and concise. Avoid using “I” or “me”, instead just list your accomplishments by saying what you did. For example: “in charge of coordinating volunteering” “team leader of the night shift”.  Just like with appreciation letters, it’s important to choose your language carefully.

Another tip for keeping your resume organized is including your references on a separate document. Including your references with your resume can severely increase the page count. Ideally you want your resume to be maximum 2 pages. If you have enough accomplishments too write more, you need to consolidate the most important and useful qualities that will get you hired.

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