Tips to Format Your Resume

Over the past few weeks we have been blessed with the submittal of many resumes/CV’s.  Unfortunately, many cannot be passed along to potential clients for review due to their format.

Here are some useful tips for formatting your resume prior to submitting to us at info@stss-i.com

1. Format Wisely

  • Remember your resume is usually reviewed for 25 seconds.
  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type and clear headings.
  • Selectively apply bold and italic typeface that help guide the reader’s eye.
  • Use bullets to call attention to important points (i.e. accomplishments).

2. Identify Accomplishments

  • Focus on what you did in the job, NOT what your job was.
  • Include a one or two top line job description first, then list your accomplishments.
  • For each point ask yourself, What was the benefit of having done what I did?
  • Accomplishments should be unique to you, not just a list of what someone else did.
  • Avoid using the generic descriptions of the jobs you originally applied for or held.

3. Quantify

  • Include and highlight specific achievements that present a comprehensive picture of your marketability.
  • Quantify your achievements to ensure greater confidence and thereby generate interest percentages, dollars, number of employees, etc.
  • Work backwards to quantify your accomplishments by asking, If I had not done X, what could have happened?

4. Create Your Resume for the Industry

  • Err on the side of being conservative stylistically.
  • Your accomplishments, error-free writing, grammatically-correct, clean, crisp type and paper will make the impression.

5. Replace “Objective” with a “Career Summary”

  • Grab attention right from the beginning, remembering you have only 25 seconds to make a great impression.
  • Spend time developing a summary that immediately gets attention, and accurately and powerfully describes you as a solution.

There are several resume sample sites online.  Formatting might include the following order:

  • Personal Data
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone
    • Email
    • Nationality
  • Education
    • List the degree(s) and major area of study, the name of the institution and location where the degree was obtained.
  • Summary of Professional skills and/or Career Summary
    • Field of expertise as specific as possible (i.e., Deepwater Offshore Safety Specialist, Onshore Safety Technician, Shelf Offshore Safety Manager)
    • Credentials or professional training
    • Computer skills
  • Summary of relevant work experience
    • Overview of work history in reverse chronological order with dates, titles, employer, type of business, location, area of work, major accomplishments and salary history
    • Indicate any management experience and include specific achievements
    • Specify any international work
  • Languages
    • Mother tongue
    • Other languages and indicate written and verbal proficiency
  • Other
    • References
    • Publications or speaking events