With all the focus on networking, LinkedIn, and other social media for job searching, you may wonder if you still need to have a resume. The answer? A 100% YES. A well-written, concise resume (and one that’s in the best resume format, which is dependent on a few things that we’ll review below) plays a crucial role in any job search. How do you maximize the chances that your resume will grab the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager?You need to ensure that your resume is brief, easy to read, and quickly conveys your key accomplishments. In theory, a resume, along with a cover letter, presents the required qualifications and related work experience in a way that will convince the employer to meet the candidate.Research shows that the average time spent scanning a resume is fourteen seconds. Notice that I said “scanning” and not “reading,” because when resumes are reviewed, they are given little more than a cursory glance to identify the criteria for which the recruiter or hiring manager is looking.With such a tight window of time in which to make an impression, it is critical that your resume quickly answers the question, “How will this person help me to solve my current business problems?” As you begin assembling yours, you might be wondering what the best resume format is. Let’s take a look now at the three formats that I consider to be the best.