I look for three things when I read a resume:
- What did you do?
- What can you do for us?
- Can you do the job that we need you to do?
The only resume format that I care about is the format that gets me these questions answered within 20 seconds-30 seconds.
I want the resume format to work for me not against me. This means, no fancy words, no thick verbiage, no apologiae, not your autobiography, no braggadoccio - I hate braggadoccio. And no b.s. like "Supervised 600 computers", to which I will ask under my breath "And you did that by yourself?" about two seconds before I toss the resume into the garbage pile. Tell the truth, stick to it and give me no headaches. And b.s. gives me headaches. And I do get annoyed when the format works against me. Make the resume as simple, straightforward, and fast as a hard TKD kick to the head. Don't screw around with optics - they are at best a distraction to me. Keep the colored paper, the fancy fonts, the nice illustrations and pictures to yourself. To give me these is like casting pearls to a swine. And I am the swine from hell :)
In summary, my focus is content. If the content is not there or it is inadequate, that resume flies into the nearest circular file. Keep in mind that I have 50 other things to get done and that reading resumes including yours - and even mine - is definitely not a hobby of mine.
Fill up your resume with content. Review the format so that I can find skills under "SKILLS", work experience under "WORK EXPERIENCE" and education under "EDUCATION". Re-read your resume to make sure that I can go through your resume in 20 seconds-30 seconds. If you want to give me an impression when I read the resume, give me the impression that you are a top notch professional and that you don't screw around. Write your resume to make it easy for me to decide that I want to see more of you - at an interview.
I ask for two things from you:
- Don't waste my time.
- Don't drive me crazy.
Having said that, I wish the best of luck to you :)