How to Create an Outstanding Resume

By | February 1, 2016


Resume Basics:

The resume should be divided in various sections to present all the information systematically. Before choosing the style of a resume, and writing a resume, one must know some basics that are a must for a professional look of the resume.

The resume should never be handwritten.

  • Use Times New Roman, Verdana, or Arial font, and the font size should be 12.
  • Do not vary the font size and font in your resume.
  • Instead of changing the size of the font for headings, it is advisable to mention the headings in ‘bold’. This will maintain the standard font size throughout.
  • Never use, Italics, fancy fonts and fancy page borders in your resume.
  • Never use any color, watermark or background color for your resume. It should be on a plain white background, and the font color should be black.
  • While taking a hardcopy of your resume, always take a print on a good quality paper. Never take photocopies of your resume, which gives it a very blurred and dull look.

The above mentioned points are basics for any resume. These should never be overlooked or else a ‘professional looking resume’ will be a myth. After this, comes resume writing. The style of the resume depends completely upon the candidate’s information to be included in it. A fresher and a candidate with work experience will definitely have different styles of resumes. There are basically three styles of resumes.

Chronological Resume:

This is a resume, which lists all the qualification and professional details in a chronological order. It is more like a list of all that one has done and achieved in life. This style of resume has very less scope for the reader to interpret and understand the applicant, because it is merely a list of information.

How to Create an Outstanding Resume

Functional Resume:

This kind of resume gives the applicant a chance to be descriptive, and speak about his/her qualifications, achievements, experience, etc. The drawback of this style is that it becomes too descriptive, and might make your resume look like a thesis.

Hybrid Resume:

This style of resume is the most preferred. It takes the strong points from chronological as well as the functional resume. It presents all the information in chronological order, and also provides scope to be descriptive, where necessary. This makes it very impressive as the reader gets all the information in a proper order, and also gets a chance to judge you.

Content of the resume:

After choosing the resume style, the next step is presenting all the necessary content in your resume.

  • Heading: The heading of the resume should include your name and contact details. You can keep it aligned to the left or center of the page.
  • Objective: The resume objective should be written carefully, and should be such that it clearly presents your career goals.
  • Academic Details in chronological order beginning with the recent.
  • Details of Professional experience.
  • Achievements: Academic as well as professional
  • Personal Details
  • Declaration and Sign