Aug 20, 2018 - 03:59 AM
Choosing a format is one of your first steps, as it will guide how you compose your content. Our resume writing guide discusses three common layouts: chronological, functional, and combination. The combination format is versatile, allowing new jobseekers, career changers, and veteran candidates to summarize their strongest qualifications and list their relevant skills in the top third of the document where recruiters will see them first.
As we explain in our skills gap report, one typical mistake many jobseekers make is failing to match up the skills listed in their resumes with those mentioned in job postings. That’s why it’s essential to study each job advertisement and custom tailor your content with keywords and phrases directly from the ad. This clearly communicates that you’re qualified for the position, but it also helps your document successfully pass through applicant tracking systems that scan resumes, score them for relevance, and forward top-scoring ones to recruiters.