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Now There's Help Choosing the Best Resume Format

resume formatting wizard A Resume Formatting Wizard is a great tool to use when you are not sure how to choose the best resume format. Now you can get help by answering 10 simple questions.

About the Resumizer® Formatting Wizard

Using the most effective format is as important as writing the most effective words. The manner in which your information is displayed on the page dictates how well the interviewer will assimilate your information. Yes, the interviewer will quickly scan down the page, although now that is mostly done by a computer search algorithm, ensuring that your information is seen is still the ultimate goal. You can manipulate to your benefit how that information is presented and how it is read. You don't have to accept a one-size-fits-all format that does nothing to accentuate your skills, experience and education. You can choose the best one here.


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How it Works …

This tool, also built into our Free Resume Creator, will assist you in choosing the proper formatting for your resume based on your education, experience and skills. Any negative marks in your past are also taken into consideration. We also made this feature a separate tool apart from our creator because it was so well received. Job seekers who choose not to use our services may still take advantage of this great tool. Answer these questions and submit your answers. There are six different format layouts below (1-6), the answers correlate to one or more layouts. A check mark will be placed above a layout when a corresponding answer applies to it. The format layout with the most check marks would be the one to select, then test it to see if it will work correctly for you. Ultimately you are the best person to choose the most effective format for your resume.

Resume Formatting Wizard

Not sure which format you should use? Answer these 10 simple questions, check all the boxes that apply, then press the “Submit Answers” button. Each answer “votes” for an associated format. The layout that gets the most check marks should be most relevant to your answers. Please begin by answering the questions.
  • TIP: The layouts below show the order in which each section would be displayed on your resume. Even if you are writing your resume yourself you can still use this wizard. Arrange your resume sections in the same order as the format chosen by the wizard.
  1. Are both your education and experience well-matched to the job?
  2. Is your college degree relevant to the job?
  3. Is your experience limited in relation to the job?
  4. Is your education limited in relation to the job?
  5. Are both your education and experience limited in relation to the job?
  6. Are you fresh out of school, with a limited work history and had jobs that are unrelated to the job?
  7. Do you have any long-term unemployment gaps?
  8. Were you ever laid off?
  9. Were you ever fired or convicted of a felony?
  10. Do you prefer to put your experience before your education?
Format 1

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Format 2

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Format 3

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Experience
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Format 4

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Format 5

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Format 6

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You're Not Done Yet!

To continue the formatting process you could put the most recent or most relevant school first and the most recent or most relevant job first. If you are getting a new job in the same line of work putting your schools and jobs in chronological order may work well. The other option is a functional order where you use relevancy as your determining factor. This can be used to cover up the problem of your education and experience not be aligned well with the new job. This is where the terms Chronological resume and Functional resume come from. You can also combine aspects of each format to arrive at a Combination Resume to fine-tune your information. It really comes down to what will work best for each person's situation. It would be preferable to make the selection process cut-and-dried, but with all the different variables to consider it's not that simple. If you want to try the built-in version in the creator program itself click the button below.
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