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September 2011
Whatís the RIGHT Resume Format?
by Susan Reynolds

You must ALWAYS consider your reader! Gone are the low-tech days when you had to write an all purpose resume, print 500 copies of it, and then try to figure out how to cover its flaws with a targeted cover letter! Now, you can, and must, design and write a sophisticated document for each of your various reader-types.

Recruiters, agencies, and human resource professionals will tend to prefer their own favorite formats which they know will allow them to quickly and easily screen for candidate scope. They are often looking for titles, industries, headcount, and other quick indicators of experience. Stability of work history, education, and readily relatable assignments will be important.

Departmental decision-makers and organizational leaders might be more interested in seeking clues to functional capabilities and subtleties of team fit. So if youíre writing a document for this audience, it probably should be designed accordingly.

ALWAYS consider every bit of space on your page. Say what you need to say with as much brevity as possible. Be considerate of type size, format, and white space, all of which impact your readersí ease in reading. If you make your document difficult and unpleasant to read, guess what? They wonít. Donít let your career marketing get caught in their fatigue!

Help your reader to find their needs and preferences in your document. Strategically then, your good resume presentation can lead to your good career offer!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at sreynolds@newmarketcareers.com or 661-755-3308.

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