You know how important it is to allow a recruiter to absorb your resume information ‘at a glance’. In a competitive job application scenario, you might have less than ten seconds to grab their attention!
That’s just one reason why careful formatting matters so much on your resume. Using easy-to-read styles in bullet points, headers and allowing enough white space on the page allow you to showcase your strengths effectively.
A major impact can be gained from the way you format your headings. By using these titles, you’re indicating the principal sections of your profile and offering visual clues to readers to help them navigate their way through your resume.
Making Resume Headings Stand Out
While you want these heading to stand out, it’s probably a good idea not to get too elaborate in the way you style the text — unless your resume is in a field in which artistic and creative elements carry special weight. There are normally three or four ways to make your heading stand out without having them overwhelm the remainder of your text:
- bold type, in a font size slightly larger than the regular body text
- using capital letters
- underlining or using lines to offset the title
- left or center alignment
Decide what style works best for you. Some examples:
———————— SKILLS SUMMARY ————————
The topics that you choose to make the section headings will depend on the content of your resume. But there are some main sections that will form part of almost any resume:
- Objective / Skills Summary / Profile
- Professional Experience
- Education and Qualifications
- Computer Skills
- Special Skills
You may well be able to add to this list according to your own specific expertise and experience. The one heading you almost certainly don’t need is the title ‘Resume’ at the top of the page!
Remember the principle that you should organize your material in order of importance. For example, a recent graduate might therefore decide to give his or her educational background higher priority than their work history if this academic experience is more relevant at this stage in their career.