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Resume Section Order and Formatting

resume section order Your resume section order, chosen wisely helps to optimize your resume by formatting each section in an order that will best present your details to convey your relevant information quickly.

Resume Section Order Optimization

Our free resume creator provides six different resume section order formatting choices to optimize your resume to display your most relevant details at the top in the most favorable light. In our program, formatting choices #1 and #2 are the most popular. You may be interested in learning more about our Formatting Wizard. You are welcome to read more about resume formats and how to use them to your benefit.

Depending upon the relevance of your employment and educational histories it is beneficial for you to present your information using a resume section order that will highlight your strengths. Only you know the details of your goals and what you have to offer an employer so you will have to decide which format number (1-6) will be most beneficial.
Optimizing the Section Order of Your Resume

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  • Limited Work History
    For example, if you are fresh out of school and you have a limited work history or had jobs that are not relevant to the position you are applying for you may want to put a relevant education history first. You can include some volunteer work or internships that you have completed to reinforce your education. Since you may be early on in your career putting more things on there to make yourself appear to be more qualified may help you to get called for an interview.
  • Limited Education
    In another case you may have an irrelevant education history, but had jobs that are relevant, in that situation you may want to put the jobs first. As described above you get real world education from working at a job. See how you can relate that on-the-job training (OJT) to your next job.
  • Limited Everything
    If you feel you really have nothing relevant to write, if you think about it, you will most likely find that there are parallels you can make between unrelated fields. What have you done in the past that can be used currently? Everything we do can somehow be used to perform a different task. Break down your previous duties into smaller components, from them you may be able to construct a useful skill set.

    If you do run into this situation you will need to decide what is relevant and should be seen near the top. If you don't have much to work with, then all you can do is use what you have as far as education and job history and make the best of it.

    One thing that you may be tempted to do, but is not recommended, is to put false statements in your documents. It is recommended that you don't lie since at some point you may be found out and terminated. What would you do if you were asked to perform a job skill that you claimed you have? You may not be able to do it and that may be grounds for dismissal. For more information about this read our job interview tips page you will find useful information that can help here.

    Talking to people who are in the field you wish to enter into can be a help too. They may be able to tell you the common terminology to use, tasks you may need to know how to perform and a general feel for the job. From this information you can better prepare yourself to write from a more knowledgeable perspective.
We are pleased that our Resume Section Order guide continues to help our guests optimize their resumes by maximizing their employment assets.