The best format for your resume

Use the 97-2003 version MS Word

NO PDF please, just use simple word format

Just putting down the names of the companies and a title for all jobs won’t do. When scanning a resume (and that’s usually all that happens) the reviewer generally looks for: 

1)keywords that apply to the job for which they are hiring
2)job titles
3)specific duties as they apply to the job
4)job history
5)overall tenure 

Functional resumes are nice, but won’t tell the whole story. Many companies have a specific profile by which they like to hire. You can’t get that from a functional resume. Put the functional part up front as an attention grabber in your summary and accomplishments. Then list the job history as stated above.
A designed resume is fine. You at least want a resume that looks professional. But many times, the resume that ends up in front of the hiring manager has been stripped of formatting. If you want to show off your design abilities then list a link to your web site or blog.
Don’t tease with only minimal info. But don’t list a whole page for any one job either. One or two solid paragraphs and some bullet points is good. Talk of your specific duties. Okay, you were an I.T. Manager. But that means different things in different companies. Were you in charge of the network or application development? Were you done hands on or just managing? What tools were used? How effective were you?
Listing specific results is powerful. Did you save or make the company money? Did you get your projects done on time or under budget? Use actual numbers to help sell your accomplishments.
You want your resume to serve two purposes. Get you noticed or found, and tell your story. Keywords and be specifics. Make sure your story is told well and you’ll make the cut if you are right for the job.

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