The resume is the first and the most quintessential part of applying for a job, because of the former property. And also, cause it is the first point of filtering the candidates out from the others. The first impression, and if carefully made, the lasting impression. So to make it through the screening, it has to be impressive. Also, during interviews, it is kept as a reference document to check and question upon. This actually increases the contextual value of refining it to the better side.
The value itself, in the resume, is built upon two things, One, the profile, Two, the profiling.
The profile is the static data and is subject to minimal to no flexibility. The only flexibility that can be seen with the static part is regarding the decision whether or not to include according to the relevance. However, that is one of the most important decisions that need to be made for the resume.
Profiling is the presentation of the profile in such a way that it caters to the needs of the application and speaks of the viability of employing a candidate. The approach to formatting and presenting in the standard practices are purged to suit most needs, however, they do not directly address the presentation approach.
It is very important to select the right template for your resume, as it defines the basis of approach, including that for the presentation. Once the template is up for edits, use one of the following approaches to present the content, although make sure to pick and structure your resume content accordingly first.
Essay Format: The format in which content is represented with headlines and paraphrased details. These can be used to explain briefly about previous works and other content informing about the roles and responsibilities (if applicable), undertakings, results, and learning. Recommended for profiles with lesser main (headlined) content but comprehensive details. The interlinking of the content is what makes it an effective form of presentation and a universally usable as well.
Tabular Format: The format in which the above data can be introduced in a tabular matrix form. It is a way of segregating the content into a quickly scan-able form. Recommended for resume with ample content to fill in without much details given. Also, it is easier to make with spreadsheet applications. Looks like neat and professional documentation as well.
List Format: It is a cross-over of the above two formats in which details are given with heading and brief details as bullet points. It is also a format for a much targeted approach than the above two since a heading can be briefed on with only one or two kinds of details. Best suited for experienced individuals with diverse profile but can be used otherwise as well with care and planning.
Sample formats usually layout a good flow for the content to be laid upon. Although it requires time and efforts to do it. A good practice is to make a simple resume with simple details and basics and then, see how impressively the content itself can be used together. Also, getting someone experienced and a few others to read and review it for you can be very helpful for the long run.
A well-made resume also reflects on one’s understanding of the job they are applying for, and this should be kept in mind to make things relevant. And whichever format and style you use, it should look neat and professional, another way of reflecting well on the profile. On the other hand, the same positives (and seemingly negatives, if any) will rise as questions in later phases of the recruitment, be prepared and be consistent, and mostly, be honest.
Lastly, consult and don’t hesitate to seek help with your resume and other aspects of your job application. At the end, if the job is yours, everything worked well else nothing did. Keep learning and improve yourself and eventually, success will knock.