Adulting: How to Format a Resume

It is always great to stand out and do something not many others would do. When making your resume, this is what you want to consider:

It’s 2014, and you’re sitting on your couch watching the Broncos and the Seahawks face off in the Super Bowl. A commercial pops up with a child asking a guy if he wants to enter a time machine. The guy enters the time machine, but then the kid ends up getting kicked out of the yard by an old man. The guy gets out of the time machine and sees the old man and thinks he actually travelled through time. Do you remember what company the commercial was for? You might, but for the most part you recall the content within the advertisement.

It is vital for your resume to do the same to job recruiters as the advertisement did to you and many others. The content on your resume is only half the job. Organizing everything that you have accomplished and all of your achievements and goals are a major key that recruiters look at. This means choosing the right font, size, headers, and listing of everything on your resume.

It is always great to stand out and do something not many others would do. When making your resume, this is what you want to consider:

A. Fonts: while Times New Roman is one of the most commonly used fonts,Fonts like Georgia, Goudy Old Style, and Arial are easy to read, stand out, and are appropriate to use on a resume

B. Heading and name: You want the heading of your resume and your name to stand out of the entire resume. You can do so by taking advantage of the Bold feature, the italics, underlining, or just CAPITALIZING, and increasing the font to size 14-16 so the heading or name differentiates from the rest of the resume

C. Formatting: Almost everyone has a different idea of how to format the resume, but what everyone can agree on is that you want the most important information to be seen first. Think about how NBA players show their statistics. When talking about LeBron James, the team will not show that he is averaging 3.5 turnovers a a game, and shooting 67% from the free throw line at first. They will show that he is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists every game. Think about this with your resume. The most relevant feature should be at the top of your resume

D. Organization: organizing all of your information is a huge part that recruiters look at. 

a.  At the top, is your header, including your name and below that contact information

b. Next, below that you want to write what value you can bring to the company, stating the position you are applying for, and the goals you wish to accomplish through this job

c. Below that, write your best strengths. You can list certain skills you have that relate to the job you are applying for. This is a summary of your qualifications and knowledge for the industry, such as being a motivated worker, and being proficient with Microsoft software

d. Education. it is important to place your education, starting with the most recent school you have attended, followed by the certifications you have received and the dates you attended

e. After education, you want to write your experiences. You start this with your most current job, to the first job you had (relating to the industry you are applying for). You obviously would not list that you have worked at Jimmy Johns if you are applying to work for an accounting firm

f. Lastly, you want to write all of your awards and honors at the bottom. Here, you can list all of your professional skills as well as awards that would stand out to the recruiter

After doing all this, you think you are finished, but not so fast. Re-read the entire resume you have written up multiple times to make sure there are no typos or grammatical errors on it. When you’re ready to send it, make sure to send it as a PDF, so you do not lose any of your formatting or resume space. So remember this, when putting together your resume, just like a billboard that you see on the highway, you want it to stand out from the rest, and contain all the important information. By doing all this, you will undoubtedly be on the right track to success!