In many of my previous articles I’ve mentioned that the format of your resume is an essential part of making your resume successful. But if you’re like me, you need to see it to truly appreciate it. This week I’ve put together a variety of resume format examples to illustrate just how different they can be. Hopefully this will give you a better idea of the multiple options you have so that you can use the one that works the best for your situation.
I’ve used basically the same information on each example but used different techniques and strategies to make each resume different. It is my hope that by seeing the different ways you can create a resume you will be inspired to incorporate some of the ideas into your own resume.
I’ve included seven different examples that range from a traditional format to one that is slightly out there. Some resume format examples may look similar to one another but they all have small differences, including font variations, use of color, arrangement of information, bold, italics, and graphics.
As you’ll see when you look at the sample formats below, not all of the changes have to be huge; sometimes subtle modifications can have a big impact. It can be as easy and simple as where you place your name. Take a look at the following sample resumes and you’ll see what I mean. Keep in mind that writing a resume takes time and dedication. This means going through many rounds of revisions and paying attention to the smallest of details.
- Example 1 – Traditional, standard format
- Example 2 – Varied arrangement
- Example 3 – Traditional variation with subtle use of color, no bullet points
- Example 4 – Use of lines, bold, underline, and italics
- Example 5 – Font variations
- Example 6 – Accomplishments section included
- Example 7 – Non-traditional format
by Megan Koehler