/ Asked by Valerie
I'm updating my resume. Are there any current formats that recruiters prefer? It would seem that resume formatting trends change from year to year.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
It’s a great idea to keep your resume updated to remain competitive! It’s important to keep your resume in a clean format and to the point. You should list your contact information at the top of your resume (including phone number and email address). If the positions you are considering applying to require a degree or certification, I would recommend listing that at the top of your resume. The next part I look for is work history. It’s best to have your work experience listed in chronological order. I’m not sure what your level of experience is but if you’re a recent college graduate, you should list your leadership experience and extracurricular involvement. If you are involved in any trade organizations or have any community involvement, I would list that after your work experience. I would recommend ending with any skills or additional qualifications that would be relevant. You should always use a standard font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Make sure each section of your resume is clearly marked, you do not want your resume to run together so a recruiter cannot determine where one section starts and another ends. Good luck!
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, September 18, 2014
Just to build on the previous response, I would also suggest a few more things:

1) Include the specific months and years of your involvement next to each of your jobs.
2) Include the city and state for each role.
3) Include your LinkedIn URL with your contact info (if you use that site), and make sure it’s customized with your name: http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/87/~/customizing-your-public-profile-url.
4) Don’t worry about keeping things to exactly one page. It is more important that your resume has a nice flow, the information is grouped together in clear bullet points, and that it isn’t leaving anything out that could be of importance.
5) Include power (action) words. Examples can be found on sites like the following: http://careercenter.umich.edu/article/resume-action-words
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Friday, September 19, 2014
There are already some good answers to your question on resume formats. Just a few additional pieces of advice: 1) If possible, convert to PDF since this will keep all your hard work and formatting from being ruined when being opened in different versions of document editing software. The PDF version also gives it a bit of a more professional look and feel to the resume.
2) Do what you can to bring out your specific skills and experience that are relevant for the opportunities you are applying. If the positions you are applying are very similar, then you may not need to make many changes. If they are different, you should really try and update for the specific opportunities you are applying.
3) The chronological resume is the most common format and the easiest for most recruiters and hiring teams to review and compare to other resumes. You can find many examples for this format online and through college / university career centers.
Answered by Sandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
You are correct…there are many different resume formats and I’m sure each recruiter has their own personal preference. Above all, I prefer a resume that is clear and easy to read with the name, phone number and email at the top. Work experience should be listed in order with the most recent employer at the top. It’s important to provide dates of employment and work experience (duties/responsibilities) directly under each employer so the recruiter is able to distinguish what you did and how long you worked at each position. This allows the recruiter to easily understand your background and the years of experience performing specific tasks and responsibilities. Avoid bundling your work experience from all employers together into one section on the resume. When this is done, the recruiter isn’t able to tell what the candidate’s role was at each position or the length of time the candidate performed the duties they’ve provided. I always recommend reading the full job description of the position you are applying for and then tailoring your resume by listing your past experience that matches the requirements/responsibilities of the position you are applying for. Because of this, your resume is likely to change slightly for each position you apply for. Be sure to provide your education on your resume, but I would avoid putting it at the top. Depending on the position, an employer is typically not focused only on a candidate’s level of education. They are focused on looking for information on the resume that demonstrates a candidate’s ability to perform the position they are applying for. Lastly, I don’t recommend providing references directly on the resume. If you have references that you want to share, type them on a separate document and enter a statement at the bottom of the resume that says “References provided upon request”. Keep in mind, these suggestions are my personal preference. There are many resume formats available online so I recommend doing a little research and viewing several samples before preparing your resume. Good luck!
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