The Best Way to Organize a Resume

Creating a resume can be an intimidating and challenging experience for first-time resume writers. Even professionals with years of experience need help when it comes to structuring a resume. 

There are free templates available online for formatting suggestions, but there are some essential components that you should make sure to include and, in some cases, avoid. 

Here’s a guide on how to best organize a resume to capture your future employer’s attention.

Resume Heading

The heading on a resume should be simple and comprised of three components: 

  • Your legal name
  • Email address
  • Your phone number
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The location of your header is up to you (left, right, center) as long as it’s at the top!

Your name should be at least three times larger than your email and phone number to grab the reader’s attention. 

Do not include your address. Recruiters can search Zillow and other real estate platforms to see the cost of your house and potentially take you out of consideration, assuming you might need a higher compensation package based on the price of your home. 

Here’s an example:

Your Name

email@email.com

555-555-5555

Highlight Your Experience

This portion of your resume is optional but recommended. Some prefer to include their highlights of experience and qualifications, showing their top six to eight professional characteristics. 

Those with a longer work history may exclude this portion of the resume process as their highlights will be showcased across their years of experience. It’s vital that in any part of your experience, that you use big numbers and data, as it’s a great way to highlight your accomplishments.

If you have limited work experience, you can include skills you have acquired through volunteer work, student programs, or even group work for classroom assignments. 

The idea is to try and demonstrate your ability to multi-task and work in a professional environment, so any experience related to that is worth notating.

Here’s an example:

Highlights of Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrate proficiency with (these programs)
  • # years of ___________ experience
  • Excel in ___, _____, and ______. 

Work History

When showcasing your work history, it is important to include all relevant employment in descending order, starting with the most recent, using dates next to each position. For individuals with less than 10-years of experience, it is best to keep your resume as close to one page as possible. 

Professionals with over ten years of experience will likely find themselves going over one page as they pursue higher levels of management and need to demonstrate their advancement.

Work history is not limited to jobs you were paid for. Those with limited work experience should consider adding student activities, volunteer work, and anything else that can serve as a mechanism to show your ability to conduct yourself in a professional environment.

Keeping a structure in your work history will also help you build an eye-catching resume. 

So, don’t forget to use consistent formatting throughout. If you have data to share, be sure to include that in the first few bullet points of each work history section. 

Things not to include work history:

  • Do not use past tense dialogue for your current position.
  • Do not include months and days in your dates of employment. The year is sufficient.
  • Do not leave out advancement within the organization. Include the positions you took on because of a promotion within the same employer.
  • Do not leave a lot of blank space. Stretch or shrink your margins out to maximize your page space to include all relevant information. 

Here’s an example:

Company Name (dates of employment)

Position/Title

  • Responsibilities, proficiencies, or accomplishments
  • Responsibilities, proficiencies, or accomplishments
  • Responsibilities, proficiencies, or accomplishments
  • Responsibilities, proficiencies, or accomplishments
  • Responsibilities, proficiencies, or accomplishments

Now that you’ve built an amazing resume, it’s time to prepare for the interview! Here is some helpful content to help you prepare for your interviews.

Have more questions about building a resume or preparing for a job interview? The Frank Team is here to help! You can email us at support@withfrank.org or text us at (347) 690-7886. 

Good luck!