What is the Best Resume Format? (Organizing Your Resume)

What is the Best Resume Format? (Organizing Your Resume)


Have you ever felt overwhelmed when you sit down to create a resume because there are so many templates and formats floating around?

Well, in today’s video, I will be discussing what is the best resume format.

I will also be sharing tips on how to successfully organize the relevant data and how you can use it to create a stand-out resume.

When you sit down to put together your resume, make sure to keep recruiters in mind.

It’s important to think about how they will be viewing your information.

Typically, a resume only spends 6-7 seconds in front of a recruiter, so you want to make sure to grab their attention upon that first glance.

Honestly, if your resume looks like the next individual, you most likely you won’t stand a chance and all that hard work you put into creating that resume will be thrown to the side or worse, in the trash!

So if you are on of those people who feels their resume needs some work or some revitalization, this is the video for you!

Make sure to watch this week’s video all the way to the end. Trust me, you don’t want to miss any of the information I’m sharing here!



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Hey Jobseekers, I’m Jennifer Tardy, Your Career Success Coach and welcome back to our CareerSuccess Channel for UPs.

Today’s video I will be talking about the best resume format, or in other words, what the BEST way is to ORGANIZE your resume so that recruiters give you a second look.  

Make sure you stick around to the end because you don’t want to miss my favorite segment, #CareerSuccess Bonus Tip for UPs.

Okay, are you ready to get started? Let’s go!

What is the best way to arrange or organize your resume? There’s a psychology to the resume format that I’m going to share in this video.

Recruiters only spend 6-7 seconds on your resume make sure it is organized in a way that they are used to reading. Things will stand out more easily to them. This isn’t the place to get creative with how you organize your resume, and that is why I’m no big fan of resume templates.

Next week’s video is all about the categories that you will need in your resume, but today, I’m going to talk about how to organize your resume.

If you are watching this video odds are, you are interested in getting YOUR resume in tip top shape. If I am correct, I invite you to work with me to get this work done. I can show you how to create a Recruiter MAGENT Resume.

Learn more at JenniferTardy.com/resume

Tip #1: Organize Your Resume To 1 Page (2 at Most)

Tip #1: Ideally, when you consider organizing your resume, organize it to fit on one page. Most people today have two pages, which is also fine. But in 6-7 seconds, think of how much a recruiter will read about you on one page and then think about how much a recruiter can read in two pages.

Typically, people with two or more pages for a resume are people who have a longer work history / more experience / or who are researchers (where they want to list their publications).

Question: How many pages do you have in your resume and what’s making it long (if it’s over one page).

Leave a comment below

Tip #2: Add the Facts, Then Show The Work

Tip #2: Let’s say you are working with one page for your resume, the top half of your resume should tell the recruiter everything they want and need to know boldly, early in your resume, and without disguise with a bunch of words.

So think about the categories that are typically in the top half of your resume (i.e., contact info, headline, highlights of qualifications, and education.) – Remember, I will talk more about these categories NEXT week. But, within these four sections, you already have enough to close the deal and to show that you are qualified.  

The second half of your resume should focus on your work history. It should be a reiteration and further expansion of what you’ve stated briefly and succinctly above.

Do you remember in high school math class where you have to give the answer to a math question and then separately show your work (i.e., how you go there? It’s the same here when you are organizing your resume).

Question: Here’s where I receive the MOST questions. What questions do you have for me about your experience that I can get answered for you.

Tip #3: Organize Your Experience Chronologically

As you are organizing your resume, make sure your experience is chronological (starting with the most recent experience). Your resume is your written narrative of your experience. You want to make sure that you tell a story that others can easily see your progress.

Now, as Promised, I wanted to share with you a career success tip!

CareerSuccess Tip for UPs: Show me your resume and I can show you exactly who you THINK you are. So many people undercut themselves or downplay their experience. A resume is NOT the place to do this. I typically find that this happens with women and people of color more frequently.

Do you now get what I mean by organizing your resume?

Next week’s video is all about what categories that you must include in your resume.

As always, for us to be #underrepresented no more, we must Learn, Engage, Apply, Repeat, Now. I’m Jennifer Tardy your CareerSuccess coach! I’ll see you in the next video.




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