Professional Resume Layout

An important aspect of your resume to consider is to ensure that you have a professional resume layout. Often times we see a resume layout which gives the feel of a teenager writing it versus a working professional. We'd like to take the opportunity to highlight some things that can help you ensure that your resume is using a professional resume layout.

In one of our past (and most popular) posts we provided a useful resume layout example. Taking a look at these examples, you get a sense of the professional resume layout we are talking about. Each example gets straight to the point of conveying the candidate’s professional background, which is clearly conveyed in their professional resume layout.

An important thing to avoid in order to ensure you have a professional resume layout is to avoid words such as "I", "You" or other similar pronouns. Using these types of words takes away of the professional feel of your resume layout and detracts from the impression that your prospective employer will have of you.

Another important cliché to avoid in your professional resume layout are any attempts at humor or "cutesy" type comments (unless you are applying for a comedy club perhaps). These types of statements in your professional resume layout immediately flag you as someone who is likely not up to the professional standards of the company.

Lastly, when considering your professional resume layout, avoid any statements about yourself or your personal life. Stick to your accomplishments, skills, and any other aspect of your professional background that will be of value to the employer. Follow these tips when refining your resume and you are well on your way toward a successful professional resume layout.

Resume Layout- How To Use Your Resume To Prepare For An Interview

If you've spent enough time looking at resume layout examples and learning how to use your resume to get an interview, you're ready to prepare for the all important interview.

As we repeatedly stress on this site, your resume layout does not need to tell your entire career story. Instead, the resume layout just needs convince the employer to call you in for an interview. Once you've landed the interview, your work with your resume layout isn't done. You need to carefully prepare for the interview and you can do that in part by studying your resume layout.

Try to put yourself in the shoes of the employer conducting the interview and imagine the questions they might ask after reviewing your great professional resume layout. For example, in the experience portion of your resume layout you may may mention "delivered $150,000 in cost savings by qualifying a more efficient assembly machine". After reading this in your resume layout, its reasonable to expect the interviewer may ask questions such as "how did you qualify this machine" or "how did you calculate the estimated cost savings".

The key is going through line by line of your resume layout and asking what questions might this spark in the person interviewing me. As you may already have guessed, you can also specifically place things in your resume layout or word it in such a way as to cause the employer to ask you a particular question. For instance you may want to impress them with the overwhelming amount of training you've received in a particular area but don't want to bring it up out of the blue. By hinting at this experience in your resume layout, you may be able to catch their curiosity and make them ask the question to which you have an impressive answer.

As hopefully we've demonstrated here, your resume layout is a valuable tool not only in acquiring an interview but also in ensuring that you make a great impression once you're there. Stay tuned to Resume Layout Advice for more great advice.