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How to Structure your Resume and Land your Dream Job

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Your resume is a recruiter’s first impression of you and is often the deciding factor when employers decide whether or not to give you an interview. Recruiters notice resume structure even before they dig into the content.

With so many other candidates fighting for the same position, you need to ensure that your resume structure will stand out, even before the recruiter has the chance to read it. How you structure your resume has the potential to catch the recruiter’s attention and consider you for the job.

But, how should you organize your resume to make it as effective as possible? Here are some tips that you can start using right away.

Tips on How to Structure a Resume

We live in a fast-paced world where technology allows recruiters to receive hundreds of applications at a time. The process of going through these applications is time consuming. That being said, if the employer has a hard time going through your resume, they will probably not waste too much time on it. You may be the perfect candidate, but if your resume is poorly structured, you might miss this chance.

With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to create a resume template that is sure to catch the eye.

Should your resume be chronological?

There are three ways you can format your resume: chronologically, functionally, or a combination of both. Each resume format works better depending on your personal situation in the employee market.

A chronological resume may be better for you if you have recent experience in the job or industry you are applying for. This resume format is the most popular among job seekers. If you are looking for roles along the career path of your current role, this is the best choice.

A functional resume may be better for you if you have more relevant experience than your most recent job would imply. Maybe you are changing careers or have had a gap between jobs. For example: say you’re applying to be an accountant and have an MBA in accounting. If your most recent job is as a receptionist, you should list your education first on your resume.

Many resumes combine elements of both resume formats. Combination resumes can be used by people that want to highlight specific accomplishments, skills, creative portfolios, or education before listing their relevant job experience in chronological order.

Understand your industry's resume standard

The one size fits all approach does not work when it comes to resumes. The ideal structure is determined by the job you want to apply for as well as your career path. You want to structure your resume based on your profession. For example, a graphic designer is going to structure their resume differently than a nurse would. A graphic designer would want to focus on their creative profile and their designs whereas a nurse would want to focus on their academic credentials and past internships. 

Tailor your resume for each job

When applying to a job, critique your resume in order to better fit the job you are applying for. Know what you want know about you immediately and emphasize that throughout your resume. Highlight the skills and experience you have that best align with this position. It’s important to be aware of the details you need to emphasize that will tell the employer from just one glance that you are the right person for the job.

Need resume help?

These are just a few ideas you can take into account when building your resume. You can look for a resume template online, but be sure to always adapt it to the job and company you are applying for.

Having a difficult time creating the perfect resume? Ask for professional help.

At TemPositions, we can help you find a job that fits your unique skills and aspirations. Get in touch with a recruiter today who can help you tailor your resume and discuss your goals. 

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