How do you select the best resume format for your needs?
We often get calls from prospective clients who tell us that they want their resume written in a particular format. Usually, this is because they’ve seen and admired the resume of a friend and they want their resume formatted in the same way.
The problem, of course, is that there is no one perfect resume format, and not every resume format is good for every situation.
In fact, choosing the wrong resume format can bring your job search to a screeching halt. On the other hand, the right resume format and proper resume layout will help you stand out and win interviews, by emphasizing all your best qualifications while downplaying any negatives.
If you have reviewed the example resumes in our portfolio, you probably noticed very quickly that each example is in a different format and is very personalized. There doesn’t seem to be a “typical” resume format. In fact, it appears that there are many distinct resume formats.
You are correct in your recognition that each professionally written resume is personalized and unique. In other words, the perfect resume format for you is not likely to be the perfect resume format for your spouse, friend, or coworker.
Our resume writing team takes great care to tailor each resume they create to highlight the unique skills, qualifications, and accomplishments of the individual. In this sense, they must be personalized, and just because one resume utilizes a particular heading and layout, does not mean that the next will.
However, if you study those example resumes carefully, with an eye toward format, underlying these layouts are two distinct types of resumes written in three distinct formats. Deciding which is the perfect resume format for you is not difficult if you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. The following guidelines will help you make your choice.