This is a great question, and very timely as I have been interviewing resume writers to add to my career coaching practice, so I have seen many lately.
I am a bit "old school" when it comes to the "look" of the resume, but very 2019 when it comes to content. I have seen resumes with all types of colors, bells and whistles and I am not a fan. I find them distracting and frankly, a bit juvenile. I like a resume that is all black type on a white page with an easy-to-read heading in bold. A resume should be easy to read and chock filled with the key words that will help get your resume to the top of the pile.
"Key words" are incredibly important to think about when putting together a resume. Nowadays, it is rare to have Joe or Jane in Human Resources do the first read of your resume when you apply for a job (unless you are applying for jobs at small companies). The first "read" of you resume will likely be via an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which will choose or weed out your resume based upon the key words it contains.
How do you know which key words are important? I tell clients to print out job descriptions for the type of job they are looking to get and to go through the descriptions with a highlighter. By doing that you will start to see a pattern of which are the "key words" for the jobs you are applying for. There is also a program that helps you to do this:
A great resume should have a well-written Professional Summary at the top and also have a bulleted list of "top skills". Following that, your Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order from most recent to least. If you are a career changer, you can break up your experience into two sections--with your most Relevant Experience as a header to the most relevant experience to your career change. (Note that recent college grads should start with their Education first, rather than Experience).
In your Job description bullets, make sure to highlight any metrics that will help to show how well you have performed at each job (i.e. responsible for more than $340K in sales...). A resume should convey your achievements -- not just what you do/did but how you perform in your job, and what results and impact your work has.
Following your Job Experience should be your Education; followed by any Community Engagement and then finally Skills which would include anything that helps you stand out in your fields such as technical skills, design skills, languages, etc.
Most important: proofread like crazy! You could lose out on the perfect job with one small typo in your resume.
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