Jun 06, 2019 - 12:09 PM
The most relevant or important sections of your resume appear at the top of the page. This may sound overly simple, but since recruiters look at resumes for an average of only seven seconds before making a decision, it makes sense.
In that time, since they would assumedly start at the top of the page, what they glean from there is what they’re most likely to retain. This is similar to a Google search, in the way one might only read down far enough to get what they need. Few take the time to read the entire page.
The top of your resume typically consists of a few basic sections. First, there's your header, which contains your name, phone number and email address. You may also include your LinkedIn URL and your home address, if you so choose. Know that including a home address on your resume can come with some risks -- read this article on preventing identity theft during a job search to learn more. Your professional summary or objective statement will follow your header. The summary provides a snapshot view of your most relevant skills and accomplishments. The objective states what you are looking for in your next role. Know that these days it's more common to include a summary and not an objective.
The next section typically breaks down your skills or experience. If it's skills, you may list your abilities and traits that are most relevant to the job to which you're applying. If it's experience, you'll start by listing your most recent role.
Know this, too: All sections of your resume are important. Should you need help writing a resume or improving an existing one, let LiveCareer's Resume Builder help you out.