Resume Format: How to Structure a Perfect Resume
15 August, 2018 in Resumes & Cover Letters

When it is given only six seconds to make an impression on your recruiter with your resume, both the resume format, organization and its content are equally important. 

According to popular studies, recruiters form their opinion on resume and its quality within just first six seconds of their skimming. This overall impression is enough to decide whether the candidate fits for the job and deserves to get a chance for an interview. Therefore, it is crucial to take a serious approach towards resume format and structure. Read on the article and get to know the major resume formatting tips that will let you come up with the best way to format a resume. 

Despite the fact that there are a dozen of resume formats available, we have singled out the most effective resume formats that will make your resume clear and comprehensible. 

Hybrid resume format is one of the most effective ones when applying for a position as it combines functional resume format with chronological one. When you use hybrid format, there is no more need to have a battle in your head between functional vs chronological resume – you can combine both formatting types. 

What Is a Hybrid resume? 

It is a kind of resume writing that contains such sections as:

  • Summary of your professional skills and competencies;
  • Core spheres of expertise.

These sections should be placed at the head of your resume and they should include key characteristics of yourself as a professional. Particularly, you should clearly outline your achievements and former professional experience structured chronologically. 

An important thing to remember here that the chronological order should be reversed as any recruiter would prefer to get to know the most recent working experience. Moreover, many ATS’s perform more effectively when they interpret information in hybrid format as they are programmed on chronology when scanning for corresponding qualifications. Additionally, hybrid formatting enables you to connect each of your skills and competencies to one or some of your former experiences. 

When to Use Functional Formatting?

At times, you might be required to utilize a functional format of resume. As such, you need to concentrate on your expertise rather than your previous work history in chronological order. Still, you will provide a chronological synopsis of your previous professional experience. But the main focus is on competencies directly related to your desired workplace. 

Functional format is used when your current work experience does not coincide with your professional goals or when you have had a gap in the employment history. Nonetheless, formatting resume in a functional format will not do good if you are sending an online application for the vacancy. It may be considered as the best option only when your hybrid resume will not present you in the best light. 

How to Format a Resume Correctly?

Despite the fact which format you have come up with, you need to remember about several basic things of formatting your resume. 

First of all, make sure you identify your professional goals. If you have no previous work experience and you are a newly graduated student, then consider your degree as the best thing to market yourself. Relate your professional goals, skills, and abilities to your major and to the information learned at the university. Place your degree at the top header of your resume. If you have some work experience but it is not directly related to your sought position, then you might mention this experience somewhere at the end of the resume. 

Make Sure You Have White Space on Resume

As a rule, your resume is scanned or skim-read quickly by the recruiter before he/ she decides to delve deeper into details and read some particular information more attentively and carefully. As such, make sure the text is comprehensively structured. Make sure there is white space (indentations) on your resume. Keep in mind that for higher readability you need to have short and concise paragraphs or bullet pointed sections. 

Avoid densely written blocks of text and make sure you provide adequate headings and subheadings (preferably bolded). The subheadings and resume sections should be easy to notice. 

Nevertheless, avoid endless bullet pointed lists. If the whole text of resume is written in bullet points, the recruiter will also lose track of information and sections you are writing about.

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