Posted By Amanda Collins on August 24, 2010
I reviewed a résumé last week that looked like a cover letter. This week, I saw one that looked like an article in a magazine. Both of these formats were missing the mark—and neither one of them is currently getting results. The format you choose for your résumé will, first off, determine if it gets a second glance. It will also ensure that it’s actually considered.
There are plenty of templates available online—some good and some awful. You don’t need a set template to have an eye-catching résumé, but you do need a strategy. Think about how you want to come across to the reader. Consider things like font, lines, bold, italics. Remember, you are trying to develop and maintain a brand, which will set the tone for future interactions with you.
Sometimes, I am completely wowed by the layout. . . and then I see the content, but at least the layout got me to take a second look! Think about it like how food is displayed in a nice restaurant. Somehow, it seems to taste better when it has a great presentation. Your layout and format are a significant part of your presentation, so make sure they’re clear, simple, and make you stand out (in a good way!)