4 Ways to Organize Your Resume Depending on What Stage You’re at in Your Career

A recent grad’s resume should look a lot different than someone who has been in the working world for 10 plus years.  Not only should your resume be tailored to the specific industry you are applying for, but it should reflect on what stage you are in your career, and in life. After you’ve added the bullet points, skills section, and proofread, here are some tips on how to organize at every phase.
For recent college grads:
  • Education
  • Experience
  • Leadership
  • Awards/ Activities
  • Skills
Although most entry-level positions require a minimum of 2-3 years experience that new grads likely don’t have, they have an advantage because of their fresh eyes and mind. Many positions are geared towards recent grads, so having your education at the top can help you be identified and distinguished.
HR departments and hiring managers admire your extracurricular and leadership experiences, so make sure that those are included and towards the top.
For most of us:
  • Summary statement
  • Experience
  • Professional organizations
  • Education
  • Skills and certifications
Most of us have had a few years of experience under our belts, so when it comes to organizing your resume having a summary statement of those experiences will give the HR manager a brief and useful description of what you’ve been up to. The experience section is your opportunity to delve into the responsibilities you had at each position.
For career changers:
  • Objective
  • Relevant experience
  • Additional experience
  • Professional organizations/ community involvement (optional)
  • Education
  • Skills and certifications
Transitioning from one career to another is difficult enough, but crafting the perfect resume to show that your experience can be transferable can be even trickier.
Offer an objective that explains why you want the change, and what you have to offer. You can also split up your experience into the categories of “relevant,” and “additional,” as to highlight specific experiences.
For senior level candidates:
  • Summary statement
  • Experience
  • Professional organizations
  • Education
  • Skills and certifications
Although you may be at the seniority level, making sure your resume is easy to read and comprehend is still important. Make it easy for someone to skim your resume and still get the gist and the highlights of your experience and skills. No matter how far along you are in your career, your summary statement will always be crucial for getting your message along.
However, because you are likely applying to a senior level position, it is acceptable to submit a two-page resume. No one expects you to cram all of your senior level experience onto one page.
Although these tips are useful to formatting your resume, you still want to include personal touches that also help distinguish yourself and show your personality.