It’s a good idea to try out a sample layout when you’re trying to improve your resume. This not only gives you a quality control for your resume, it also allows you to compare resume types and structures to find the one that suits you best.
You can find a lot of free resume layout ideas online. Quality varies, but you can always find at least a few which will work as basic templates for your own resume. You will also find a few professionally written resumes. Choose at least one of these for example resume layout, and see how it works.
You may find that some resume formats aren’t a good fit for your own resume. Just use sample resume which are a good match with the your resume.
How to use a sample resume layout
When you’ve picked a sample resume you like, simply copy the basic format first.
Now try adding some information from your own resume to the sample. This is a more useful exercise the most people realize. One of the most likely things to occur is that you will find that your sample resume contains information that your own resume doesn’t have.
Don’t get too worried about this. If your resume doesn’t include things like Achievements, Career Goals, or similar headings, it may not really need them. It’s up to you to decide whether or not these inclusions actually improve your basic resume layout.
There is no real hard and fast set of rules regarding resumes, except basic information requirements.
These requirements are:
- Name and contact information
- Education, qualifications, and training
- Work history
- References and contact information
OK, now that you have some of your own resume pasted into the sample resume, a few questions:
- Does your resume look better with the new format?
- Does the new format improve the presentation of your resume?
- Does your resume look professional?
- Do you prefer the new format to your old resume?
If the new format gives you a better look, better information standards, and clearly looks like an improvement on your old resume, you’re definitely on the right track. Experiment with a few other resume sample formats, and see which you prefer.
Remember – Your resume is all the information a prospective employer has about you. The better it looks, the better your chances of getting an interview and getting a job. Find the format that works for you.