If you look at image A, B, C, and D you will see some examples of resumes that I personally find appealing, for one reason or another. I will also point out, based on these examples, a couple of things to stay away from.
Example A: Read this, and then view the image. I like this resume for the most part, but it’s almost TOO simple. Also, no months are given along with the dates recording how long the individual worked there. I like months included. There’s a huge difference between 01/1999 and 12/1999. List the month. The day is irrelevant. Also, as a manager I personally prefer the dates of employment listed first, however I can’t speak for everyone. Click the image to enlarge.
Example B: Read this, and then view the image. This resume is too busy for my tastes. It was something like a 3 page resume. They’ve only just barely gotten to the first job on page one! Employers are not robots sitting around reading junk, they want clearly defined resumes that are easy to read and to the point. What I do like about this resume, is the section in the top right corner. This little section briefly describes this employees attributes and characteristics as a person, and how they are on the job. I like it. It’s the first thing you read, it’s clever, professional, and defines who the individual is. I also like the section professional strengths. It lists the individuals strengths in an easy to read format, clean, and to the point. Other then that, the resume is busy and wordy. Click the image to enlarge.
Example C: Read this, and then view the image. This resume is nice. The indentions and bullets give it a pretty appearance. Bold and underlined text is utilized appropriately to define sections. Always make sure your indentions are flawless. As you can see, under the first employer listed, there is a word too far to the left. It looks stupid to put it bluntly. I try to be a perfectionist whenever I can, and this would annoy me. Don’t settle for it looking sloppy. Make it perfect. This resume also lists months of employment along with the years. Good. Click the image to enlarge.
Example D: Read this, and then view the image. By far my favorite. I like the vertical flow of this one. Everything looks beautiful. Sections are well defined. Margins and indentations look nice. Bullets give it a clean look. Bravo Sample D. Bravo. I only have one issue of “beef” with this resume. There is no work experience. A computer science trainee? Hooray! Who cares? Try to add SOME kind of work experience, even if it isn’t relevant it may be better than nothing. For example if you worked at McDonalds for two years that shows that you have a strong work ethic, put it on there. I don’t care if you were 16 when you worked there, it shows character when you stick to a job. Click the image to enlarge.
My final words of advice to you is to make it look clean, well defined, and if you can, add a little creativity. I don’t mean creativity like crammed with photoshop images, that’s what a portfolio is for. I mean like the example from sample B, where they put a little text in the top right corner to summarize things in a clever way.
References are up to you. Personally I’d say leave them off and just write References available upon request, or something to that affect.
It’s better to be a sample D with 2 pages of information, than a sample B with too much information crammed onto 1 page. Remember in college and high school how all of our teachers wanted us to double space everything? Why did they do that? So that when they assigned a 10 page paper we could all breathe a sigh of relief when they said double spaced? No. It was so it was easier on their eyes, more organized, better defined, and so it is the same today with resumes. In conclusion, you want a sample D resume with some of the attributes discussed in the other samples. God speed.