The Internet is littered with resume templates. I say “littered” because 99% of the resume templates offered online are garbage.
Don’t waste your time. Here is the #1 resume template that recruiters love!
Notice this is a two-paged resume. That’s because recruiters actually like two-paged resumes when they contain good information.
The one-page resume “rule” (cough-cough) came into being when recruiters could no longer stand foraging through two poorly-formatted pages of trite drivel looking for something they could digest.
They decided to encourage job applicants to keep their resumes to one page, hoping it would inspire less wordy, misplaced self-praise and more relevant, deliberate objectivity.
And so was born the so-called one-page resume rule. But slide an accomplishment-rich, informative two-paged resume under any recruiter’s nose and you’ll almost certainly hear a resounding, “Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ bout”.
Every recruiter I’ve talked to has told me some variation of this:
I’m happy to read a two-page resume that is responsive to the job posting and contains information I can use. When it’s smartly laid out with ample white space, it’s makes for a worthwhile and easy read.
The #1 Resume Template, designed by me, Terri from ResumePro, has been heralded as “the best”. That’s because recruiters love it.
It’s smartly laid out, it has ample white space, and it contains only the information the recruiter wants to see.
I use only the Reverse Chronological Resume format for all the resumes I write (that get my clients into interviews!), and you should too.
The exception is students who have little, if any, work experience. Students can use a slightly different structure that we’ll look at in an upcoming article.
So let’s break this down by page.
#1 Resume Template: Page 1
No matter the resume format, always start with a one-liner containing your name, city, and contact info. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
Leave a space and insert a thin line, then do your Profile. Keep it brief. Brainstorm this. If an interviewer said to you, “Tell me who you are professionally in 20 words or less”, what would you say?
A few examples of what you would NOT say are: hard-working, dependable, fast learner, proven track record, results-oriented, team-player…. These are just a few of the cliches recruiters hate – avoid them like the plague.
Instead, use a couple of keywords from the job posting to come up with a quick description of your professional self.
Recruiters would much rather see a short, snappy description (that hints at “accomplishments to follow”) than an onslaught of cliches like the ones I cautioned you to never use.
When the job posting includes a Qualifications section, pay close attention. Pick out three qualifications to highlight right near the top of your resume.
This shows the recruiter you read the job posting, you know the qualifications the employer is looking for, you have those qualifications, and here they are.
Then go into your work experience. Read the Resume Template Page 1 illustration I’ve provided here. Every bullet point contains instruction on how to write your sections and work accomplishments. (The illustration is an image so just double-click or tap it)
If you’re wondering where all the cool design elements are, go read this.
For those who can fit their resumes onto one page, you’ll still follow the same guidelines. If you’re writing an accomplishment-rich resume, you might get it all on one page, but a two-paged resume gives you so much more opportunity to provide useful information to the recruiter.
If you’ve never written a descriptive, accomplishment-rich resume before, you might be surprised to discover you have much more to say than, “Responsible for…” and “Performed all _______ duties…”
I see a lot of both. In the case of “Performed all _______ duties…”, the job applicant apparently thinks the recruiter will know what “all duties” means.
For example, if we fill in the blank with “bookkeeping”, it appears the job applicant assumes the recruiter will just somehow know what “all bookkeeping duties” entails.
They won’t. Recruiters read countless resumes for all kinds of different roles in all kinds of different industries.
They’re not experts in bookkeeping, or maintenance supervising, or healthcare aiding. Recruiters use criteria provided by the employer, along with the job posting, to select candidates most closely matching what the employer is looking for.
Recruiters need description to help them do that. Job applicants who are too lazy to describe “the duties” they did are going to lose out on any hope in hell at an interview.
That’s it for page one. Let’s move on.
#1 Resume Template: Page 2
Copy your name and contact info onto the top of the second page.
Continue listing your work experience going back no more than 15 years, at the most. Ten is better, but use your discretion.
If you held a significant relevant position more than ten years ago, include it as a mention. List the job title, start and end dates, and the name of the company.
Then, in a brief paragraph right below that, give a concise narrative, similar to what you did in your Profile at the top of your resume.
Here’s the thing. By the time you get down to an older job, you’ve already described your skills and accomplishments in the previous, more recent work experiences. There is no need to give repetitive descriptions for a similar role you held 15 years ago.
Once you’ve finished with your work experience section, list your relevant technical skills and/or certifications. The key word here is “relevant”.
Don’t bother listing your dog-trainer’s certificate or your hair-stylist’s diploma when you’re applying for a bookkeeping position.
I see a lot of this. People think it’s impressive, or, they think it shows drive, versatility, diversity. This is seldom the case.
Next, list your education. Education is earned at an academic institution, preferably an accredited one. I mention this because people tend to list their certificate courses under Education. Recruiters don’t want you to do that. List only your academic education under Education.
Post-secondary education, as in college or university, trumps high school. When you have post-secondary education, you needn’t list your high school education.
And finally, list your volunteer work. This is the one area of your resume that doesn’t have to be relevant to the position you’re applying for. It does, however, have to be either current or fairly recent. If you feel compelled to list a volunteering role you held for a year back in 2006, ask yourself why.
References do not belong on the resume, nor does any mention of references being available upon request.
That Was Easy
And that’s it. Clean and simple.
It’s sectioned clearly with capitalized, bolded headings. You don’t need heavy lines or dividers to delineate sections. Even with all those nice accomplishment-rich descriptions, the resume still has plenty of white space which is almost impossible to achieve in a one-page resume.
Here’s the link to The #1 Resume Template That Recruiters Love. It’s a Google Doc that you can use right in Google Drive, or you can copy and paste into a Word Document.
This is the exact same resume template I include in my amazing workbook, HOW TO WRITE A KILLER RESUME! Grab your fee copy and use it with The #1 Resume Template That Recruiters Love to write your killer resume!
Terri is an expert resume-writer and a pretty good job coach. During her 30 years in the conventional work force, Terri was fired from 11 jobs, got laid off from 2 jobs, quit 3 jobs, sued 1 employer (successfully), made another cry, and wrote over 100 resumes for herself alone! Since embracing the good old “take this job and shove it” attitude, Terri decided to put all of her shitty “workin’ for the man” experiences and life-lessons to good use, and thus was born www.goresumepro.ca/blog. Enjoy!