Never has the resume format mattered more than it does now. In the years of 2017 and 2018, resume writing may take on a new avatar, making the older formats obsolete. This is not to say that all older formats will be unusable from now on – the ones that work on the principles of the new one will stay.
Why does the format matter so much?
Well, the resume is a huge document that boasts of several sections that hold important information. So it is not just the format that matters but also the several sections that make up the format.
Since hiring managers find it easy to go through a resume that is structured, it is important to create one based on a set format. Let’s see what this entails:
Resume Format and Sections 2017 – 2018
Beginning your resume with your name and contact information will probably never change. Your name at the top gives a hiring manager a holder – something to hang on to and relate with when reading the rest of the information on the resume.
The next step is to provide your contact information. Home and street address, telephone number and email address is sufficient information. The hiring manager does not need to know your gender, date of birth or marital status. Save him or her the grief!
Target Position Title
After you have established your identity, it is time to see open the resume. On the very top (right after your name and contact information) write in bold capital letters the position for which you are applying. Make sure that it is worded exactly the way you saw in the advertisement for that particular position.
Let’s now move on to the various sections that make up the body of a resume.
Performance Profile / Performance Summary
There is absolutely no way that you can get out of writing this one. You don’t have to be too detailed. Just mention your skills, qualifications and personal attributes which complement prospective employer’s needs. 3 or 4 sentences in a paragraph or bullet form will suffice.
Core Competencies / Areas of Expertise
These are 2 word phrases in a tabular form that outline how competent you are in certain areas. For instance, if your abilities lie in handling inventories, you can simply write inventory management. If you make this particular section on your resume into a table, it will be easier for you to write, and for the hiring manager to process.
A resume is nothing without accomplishments. Never miss out this one. Write down at least 2 (4 is better) work-related accomplishments that you have to your name. This will give the hiring manager an idea about what you are capable of doing at the workplace.
Professional Work Experience
Many people place this section at the beginning of a resume. That might not be a very good idea, since there is more important information than experience which you can place at the top. Nonetheless, this section is important because it tells the employer what you know about the work. Two relevant experiences will suffice.
Last, but certainly not the least is the education section. You do not need to provide details of all the degrees and diplomas that you possess, unless specifically asked for. If your last degree is a bachelor’s degree, write it down – if it is a high school diploma, that works equally well.
Computer Skills (Optional)
Mention your computer skills which directly relates to the job you are applying for.
Mention your professional affiliations in this section.