The Two Column Resume Format (And Why You Should Use It)

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  1. Roe says:

    I’ve been using a format similar to this for a while now and I agree it’s fantastic. The other change I made to my resume to differentiate it from others is to list my experience quickly at the top without specifics about what I did at that job aside from job title. Then immediately below this small block of job history I write a paragraph for each job about my duties and accomplishments. This works well because rather than a bullet list for each company that may be very similar to each job as well as every other resume, I get the opportunity to enumerate exactly what I did at each company that makes me employable.

    • Charles Chen says:

      I’ve personally debated on the narrative paragraph vs. the bullet list as well and I’ve settled on the bullet list format as I find it easier to convey the information in a way that lends more visual clarity to the reader.

      The challenge with a narrative paragraph for me, when I’ve received resumes like this from candidates, is that it can be difficult to take notes against it and make mental spatial notes on what I want to hit in an interview. The bullet list format seems to be more conducive to this use case, but I think good middle ground might be a combination of both, which I’ve seen as well; a short narrative body of text describing your primary duties and a bullet list that highlights major accomplishments, technologies used, and/or accomplishments.