Resume Layouts: Focusing on the Key Aspects of Your Resume

by John Sylo

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Resume layouts can be very effective at enhancing a candidate's application, if done the right way. The problem, however, with most of the tips online is that they focus on the visual appearance of the resume without regard to the purpose that the resume serves. In other words, a good resume layout is not only about having a good looking resume, but also about having a resume that effectively displays a candidate's qualifications. The key is to achieve a balance between the two.

Practical Tips to Improve Your Resume Layout

Following are simple things you can do to improve the layout of your resume:

  • Use titles and headings effectively. Choose the right titles/headings and maintain a good balance (number of headings versus content/length of your resume). 

  • Organize the information on your resume to draw attention to your strengths. Put the important information first.

  • Choose the right font and the right font size. Regardless of what font you choose, make sure you choose a font that is easy to read.

  • Structure your resume so that it has a good flow. The recruiter has to be able to skim through your resume and know what your candidacy is about.

  • Be consistent in terms of your layout and how you present the information on your resume.

  • Once you are done drafting your resume, ask yourself if your resume is visually appealing. If not, consider purchasing a resume template. If you purchase a Microsoft Word resume template, you can edit the template to your liking. Resume templates from online resume builders don't have this option.

  • Keep things in perspective. Remember that an effective resume layout is necessary to highlight your qualifications, as opposed to being an end in itself.

  • Pay attention to details. Don't let small inconsistencies or omissions ruin your hard work. Iron your resume to be crisp and clean.

  • Simple is good. The "star" of your resume is not the layout. It's the information that your resume tries to convey. Don't distract the reader's attention from the substance of your resume.

The above recommendations can dramatically improve your resume layout.  You can also look at our extensive list of professionally written resume examples to see what layout or layouts you like the most. Following are some examples of different resume layouts.

Examples of Good Resume Layouts


This article from WorkAlpha sheds more light on how to come up with a good resume layout.

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