Resumes have evolved to become works of art that require extreme care and attention to detail during the writing process. Upon initial screening procedures implemented by applicant tracking systems (ATS), hiring managers and recruiters carefully scrutinize resumes to ensure that they are optimized and the candidate fits the role. With this in mind, simple resumes should be carefully crafted from top to bottom, leaving little room for error. In this article, we will describe what specifically to list in the top section of your simple resume with great detail.
In the heading of your simple resume, your name should be listed in a large font at the very top of your resume document. We recommend that your name should be no more than double the size of your resume text font (size 10-12).
Your contact information should also be included in the heading of your simple resume. In your contact information, you should include your business professional email address, physical address (city, state, zip code), and your contact number.
The “Professional Summary”
The professional summary section of the top of your simple resume details your strengths as a potential candidate. It works to explain in detail you’re the longevity and extent of your professional experience. Some may also refer to this as a qualifications summary. This works to make your qualifications and experiences immediately noticeable. This also works to utilize industry-specific keywords and key phrases to better optimize the client’s resume document.
Here is an example of an optimized professional summary:
“SENIOR SALES ANALYST with more than 20 years of experience in sales, reporting, financial analysis, econometrics, business intelligence, training and development plans, and team leadership. Dedicated, results-oriented leader with a record of interpreting sales performance and providing strong process improvement recommendations to senior leaders. Astute forecaster leveraging aptitudes in sales projections and profit and loss (P&L) oversight to create insightful projections that enable informed strategic-planning decisions.”
The “Areas of Expertise”
The areas of expertise, also known as skills, the section of your simple resume exists to provide you with the opportunity to align your simple resume with the skills and expertise that is outlined in a job description. In this section, create an italicized, bulleted list in the form of 3 columns. In each column, list three skills in a bulleted format. Match as many of your skills to the job description as possible.