Answered by Sandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
You are correct…there are many different resume formats and I’m sure each recruiter has their own personal preference. Above all, I prefer a resume that is clear and easy to read with the name, phone number and email at the top. Work experience should be listed in order with the most recent employer at the top. It’s important to provide dates of employment and work experience (duties/responsibilities) directly under each employer so the recruiter is able to distinguish what you did and how long you worked at each position. This allows the recruiter to easily understand your background and the years of experience performing specific tasks and responsibilities. Avoid bundling your work experience from all employers together into one section on the resume. When this is done, the recruiter isn’t able to tell what the candidate’s role was at each position or the length of time the candidate performed the duties they’ve provided. I always recommend reading the full job description of the position you are applying for and then tailoring your resume by listing your past experience that matches the requirements/responsibilities of the position you are applying for. Because of this, your resume is likely to change slightly for each position you apply for. Be sure to provide your education on your resume, but I would avoid putting it at the top. Depending on the position, an employer is typically not focused only on a candidate’s level of education. They are focused on looking for information on the resume that demonstrates a candidate’s ability to perform the position they are applying for. Lastly, I don’t recommend providing references directly on the resume. If you have references that you want to share, type them on a separate document and enter a statement at the bottom of the resume that says “References provided upon request”. Keep in mind, these suggestions are my personal preference. There are many resume formats available online so I recommend doing a little research and viewing several samples before preparing your resume. Good luck!