The Anatomy of an Outstanding Résumé [infographic]

April 1, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Education, Lifestyle

The importance of résumés has been ingrained in me by my mother for a very long time, and she has worked in human resources longer than I’ve been alive. A good résumé is vital to securing employment in today’s job market. When done correctly, your résumé should show that your education, experience, skills and achievements reflect what is required of the job to which you are applying.

I have not sent out a single résumé in recent years that hasn’t been proofread at least five times. And yet every time I do, I feel paranoid that my résumé will be the one that gets tossed aside for not standing above the others. I’ve even been working on a complete renovation of my résumé recently hoping to show off some of my design skills and making it eye-catching at the same time.

While résumé design does matter, the quality of the content is key. Although this infographic says otherwise, the objective statement isn’t really necessary anymore. It has become replaced by the executive summary, which is where you explain who you are and what you’re looking for. It seems companies are more interested in personality than immediate goals.

My advice aside, take advantage of these helpful tips to improve your résumé so that you are able to win potential employers over in a matter of seconds.



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  • Marie815

    Two things I’m not crazy about in addition to what Aisling mentioned in the intro above…No one calls the category “School” – it is and should be “Education.” But far more important is the way the graphic lists dates. #1 They are far from the most important piece of information and should be listed either to the right side of your entry, or at the very least, after the employer or job title. #2 The example lists no months. Rookie mistake. With the exception of club/organizational involvement list both month and year. Don’t make me wonder if you started all your jobs in December ;-)

  • More Than A Resume

    There are too many incorrect statements in this infographic to make any of it believable.