Jul 31, 2019 - 01:05 PM
First, you should decide whether you want to use a chronological resume format or a functional resume format. A chronological resume lists your experience in the order it happened, starting with the most recent experience first. This type of resume focuses the attention on where you worked and what your title was.
A functional resume focuses the attention on the skills and strengths you bring to the table. Your work experience is listed, but it is shared in a compressed way, often at the end of the resume. This format can be useful if you are changing careers, or if you have been unemployed. It keeps the reader's attention on what you can offer a future employer rather than exactly what you have done recently.
Another aspect of design is the visual layout. Some resumes today are very creative and design focused. They may even contain small graphic images or special fonts. Other resumes are old-fashioned looking, and text based.
Not long ago, I shared the same resume in two formats – one creative and one text based. I took an informal poll to learn which style is preferred. I quickly learned that those working in marketing and sales positions prefer a more designed, creative resume. Those working in engineering and science positions prefer a text-based layout.
When you're thinking of which design works the best for you, think about your career history, and your career future. For example, if you want to work in a creative field, use a creative design. If you are working finance, use a more conservative design.
LiveCareer offers guidance on resume formats (and which one will work best for your needs) via their Resume Formats page. And you can select from a wide variety of designs, including modern, traditional and creative, via their Resume Templates page.