(Closed) Resume layout help – Any HR bees?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

 

I personally like Layout #2 better – puts your experience further up while making your language/coding qualifications clear. 

I don’t work in HR, but I have been asked to re-write resumes for highly-trained, white-collar workers who are clients of a local head hunter. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I work for a company that dabbles in resume building.  I like layout 2 as well.  In development fields, you usually want to bring the most attention to your programming and technical skills, which layout 2 does better.  I also think that for your content, layout 2 makes better use of the space on the page and is a little more eye-catching.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I do hiring after the HR/recruiters have screened resumes, so I usually get the fine-tuned copies of resumes.  Of the two you showed, I much prefer the second one, because the first one just has too much open space.

I would caution against getting any more modern though, because crazy resumes, while popular on Pinterest and in some fields, look silly when they are put next to someone else’s very professional-looking resume.

Good luck!  Where are you looking to relocate to?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I see at least 20 resumes a week and my eyes are way more interested in the second one. I’d go with #2.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

As someone who works in recruitment, PLEASE send number 1 to any recruitment firms.

I have to take off personal info and put on our header/footer and CVs like number 2 ARE MY WORST NIGHTMARE.

Columns – ARGH! words cannot even describe how much i hate them.

So keep both! Send 2 directly to employers, and send 1 to recruitment agencies.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

and please don’t PDF it. I spent 30 minutes today formatting a PDF CV with columns. Waste of my life.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@abbyful:  we need your personal info to contact you, but we remove it when sending the CV to a client. otherwise the client could say they didn’t like your CV, call you directly, and give you the job without paying us our fees. In a nutshell! 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee

If you are sending your resume in, I like the look of two. Change the sidebar spacing so that the lines are closer together. This will make the sidebar about half the length of the other part of the resume, and make it look more like an addendum or highlight rather than competing for attention. Be careful of submitting this resume electronically, because a lot of screening software that automatically parses resumes doesn’t work well with nonstandard formatting, inlcuding tables. It may turn your nice laid out resume into a pile of nonsense. You’ll also want to refrain from putting your contact information in the header and footer because this may need to be taken out by the recruiter. 

Good luck on your job search!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am currently hiring for a few open positions in my group so have been looking at resumes a lot lately, and i highly prefer format #1.  The resumes that get a little too fancy (columns, lines, etc) make my eyes glaze over.  I just want to see your work experience, education, and other skills.

Layout #2 just looks messy, IMO.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

one last thing 🙂 just looking at your resume again….since there is a lot of room on the page, I would maybe add in any internships you’ve had to fill the space.  Could also expand on exsisting bullet points, esp for your current role which you’ve been in for 5 years.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

A good way of using up the space would be to provide more detail. How many interns did you supervise? How many projects did you manage on average, etc. Stuff like that makes or breaks an application, I think.

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