Resume Format and Sections for 2020

Updated on January 1, 2020

In the year 2020, resume writing may take on a new direction, making the older formats obsolete.

That is not to say that all older formats will be unusable from now on – the ones that work on the modern principles will stay.


Why does the resume format matter in 2020?

Well, the resume is a vital document that boasts of several sections containing information about candidate qualifications, experience, skills, and education.

Therefore, it is not only the resume format that matters but also the several sections that make up the format.

Since the hiring managers find it easy to go through a well-structured resume, it is essential to create one based on a set format.


Resume Format and Sections

Let’s see what this entails:


Resume Format and Sections in 2020


Start your resume with your name as well as contact details. It should include your address, contact number, email address, and Linkedin profile.

Target Position Title

On the very top-center (right after your name and contact information) write the title of the position in bold capital letters.

Make sure that you write the accurate position title, as indicated in the job advertisement.

Performance Profile / Professional Summary

There is entirely no way that you can get out of writing a summary statement.

You don’t have to be too detailed here. Just mention a few of your skills, qualifications, and personal attributes that 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 specific areas. For instance, if your abilities lie in handling inventories, you can merely 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.

As a matter of fact, employers use this section to ask questions in an interview.

Key Accomplishments / Performance Highlights

A resume is nothing without accomplishments. Therefore, we should never overlook this section.

Write down at least 4 to 6 work-related achievements. It will give the hiring manager an idea about your real potential.

Professional Work Experience

Many people place this section at the beginning of a resume. It is not a good idea since there is more important information than experience that you should put on the top.

Nonetheless, this section is crucial because it tells the employer about:

  • What do you know about work?
  • How you performed in a similar role previously?

It must be remembered that do not mention more than two experiences in this section.


Last, but probably not the least is the education section. In this part, you have to write the details of your last degree or diploma. You do not need to provide details of all the degrees and diplomas unless specifically asked for.

Besides, you may write your certifications here.

Computer Skills (Optional)

Mention your computer skills which directly relates to the job you are applying for.

Affiliations (Optional)

Write your professional associations in this section.

About the Author

Sam Mogul, MBA (ITM & HR), is a passionate career expert with 15 years of experience in writing and reviewing resumes, cover letters, and career-related content. He founded CoverLettersAndResume in 2011 intending to help job seekers in their job search journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact Us. Or visit our About Us page.

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