9 Tips to Help You Organize Your Resume and Get the Gig

April 15, 2015

Resume or

Nine times out of ten your closet isn’t the only thing that needs some organizing. It’s highly likely your resume could use a little attention too. As a matter of fact, resume organization is one of the key reasons that people never get a phone call for an interview from the recruiter.

Remember that half-eaten bagel next to the coffee grounds in the trash can? Due to poor organization, your resume might be keeping them company right now and keeping you from getting that dream job.

The good news is, with these 9 tips, it’s possible to clear the clutter on your resume and position yourself to get that phone call, invited for an interview and land the job:

1. Remember contact information always comes first.

The first thing employers want to see when reviewing your resume is who the person is that they could potentially consider for the job. Your name and contact information should be typed out over five individual lines and never as a single line.


 Joan Expert

1000 Resume Lane

Employment, CA 99999


2. Section headers come second and are always capitalized.

Sometimes it can be a bit tricky when deciding how different areas of your resume should be formatted. Section headers are one of those areas where it’s best to commit to all caps so that recruiters’ eyes quickly spot key information about your education, career highlights, work experience and skills.






3. Always leave a blank line before and after headers and job descriptions.

Leaving blank lines where necessary allows each section to have the appropriate spacing needed and it prevents information from running together which can create confusion for the recruiter. Remember, the more a recruiter gets frustrated from reading your resume, the higher the likelihood they will toss it.

4. Consistency is key!

Applicant tracking systems look for patterns of data so it’s important to keep formatting consistent. If you did it one way the first time, keep doing it the same way every other time.

5. Keep your sections separated.

Don’t clump together your achievements with your certifications. Keep them separate so that they are easily recognized by a recruiter’s eye when reading your resume.

6. Your resume should be in reverse chronological order starting with the most recent job to the oldest.

Also, never omit employment dates. Be sure to list the month and year you held each position. When listing your company’s name and the title of the position you held, putting it in bold also helps the recruiter easily identify your prior work experience. Finally, company summaries which gives an overview of what the company is about, should be italicized and placed directly below the name of the company and right above the title of the position you held.

7. Include all relevant education.

When listing your education, include the university name, your major and the month and year of completion. Without a month and a year, the applicant tracking system will think you are still in school even if you graduated years ago.

8. Tailor your resume for the job.

For each job that you apply to, your resume should specifically highlight key elements that would make you a great fit for that position. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to your resume!

9. Be thorough.

Review your resume many times and edit it to ensure that it’s consistent and looks great without being too cluttered. This will help make it stand out above the rest.

These are just a few of the many resume tips that can take your resume to the next level, increasing your chances of landing that dream job.

Ready to perfect your resume and send it out with confidence?  DOWNLOAD our resume guide for free.

VP of Marketing at Digital Astronauts

Ronny Cheng is one of the Co-Founder’s of Digital Astronauts and has helped drive lead generation in the software industry for organizations of all sizes — from start-ups to Fortune 500’s. He helped build one of the first online software review websites, specializing in CRM, ERP, and HR software. He’s a nationally published author with extensive experience working with the HR/Recruiting industries largest brands. In his spare time, you can catch him on Instagram doing his best food blogger impersonation.


Comments are closed.

The access_token provided is invalid.


Thanks for visiting the SkillGigs Facebook page! By using or accessing our Facebook page, you agree to comply with Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. As always, the content posted by fans of SkillGigs' Facebook page does not reflect SkillGigs' views or opinions. Just because you see content from other fans of SkillGigs does not mean SkillGigs confirms the accuracy that content. Our hope is that your experience on our Facebook page is just as awesome as your SkillGigs experience on our website. That’s why we’re asking all of our fans to follow a few guidelines to help maintain this standard. Please do not post content that: is fraudulent, deceptive or misleading; is threatening, abusive, defamatory, obscene, indecent or objectionable; violates any law or regulation; violates the intellectual property rights of another; is hateful or otherwise targets race, religion, political beliefs, ethnicity, gender, sex, or nationality; is spamming (including link baiting) or commercial in nature; or is otherwise offensive. We reserve the right to remove any posts that violate these guidelines or that we otherwise determine are not appropriate. By posting content on our page, you hereby grant to SkillGigs a worldwide, royalty-free license to use and fully exploit the content in any manner or media, forever, without any obligation to you. This includes the right to use any ideas you submit (including ideas about our products or advertising campaigns) in any manner that we choose, without any obligation to you.
SkillGigsTuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 2:25am Attracting #talent has become so creative! Check out how these companies support #employees with their families, education, community & more. #employeeperks #sabbatical #PTO
SkillGigsMonday, August 21st, 2017 at 12:03pm #SkillGiggers, I believe you deserve your market price...or anything more if you can swing it. Here are my tips for approaching the daunting topic - #salarynegotiation
SkillGigsSunday, August 20th, 2017 at 8:56am
Employers or hiring managers, you may know to make a good first impression with potential #talent by sharing the company benefits & activities, but how do you get them excited for the actual job? As we are in #tech, we are passionate about providing innovation junkies. Check out a few of my methods for charging up the talent. #hackathons
SkillGigsSaturday, August 19th, 2017 at 11:35am
Our tool offers candidates with all kinds of job type preferences. We know startups need to grow and the need to grow fast. Check out George Deeb's advice on when to hire #employees, #contractors or crowdsources for your #startup.
SkillGigsSaturday, August 19th, 2017 at 6:29am
12 Innovative Recruiting Strategies That Savvy Companies are Using via @hireonlinkedin gives you the cheat sheet on what top companies are doing to hire talent. I have to say - some of these methods are seriously cut throat!
SkillGigsSaturday, August 19th, 2017 at 2:11am I understand the struggle of making big #hiring decisions! If you are unsure about your current #sourcing processes, feel free to download our free #HiringManager Satisfaction survey.
SkillGigs - Job Searching Tips - Recruiting & Sourcing Advice