The education section is especially important for entry-level candidates, who may not have as much experience that ties them to the industry.
We suggest you use it as a coherent bridge: between the role you're applying for and your professional capacities.
List the most recent or advanced degree first, working in reverse chronological order, and include:
- name of the institution
- degree obtained (pursuing)
- location (city/ state)
- graduation dates.
A simple rule of thumb: always consider the relevancy of your education to the role.
Take for example the following scenario: you are applying for a job in operation management and logistics.
But, after high school, you decided it was not the best time to continue your education.
You should definitely leave your high school diploma out of your resume.
Instead, focus on all certificates you happen to have that pertain to the job.
Achievements / Awards
A clear basic resume template also curates your career highlights with either your achievements (strengths) or awards.
These two (or three) specific sections bring recruiters’ attention to:
- achievements/ strengths - the array of skills (you have grown over time) that make you a strong candidate;
- awards - unique accomplishments within your industry or field that help you stand out.
Tips for building a simple/basic resume
The first tip to achieving a timeless, classic feel of your simple resume is this - be consistent all through.
The basic template shifts the focus from design to the actual resume content. So, be mindful of even the smallest design elements you decide to include.
Furthermore, when building your next simple resume, consider these four aspects.
Simple Resume Design
The design needs to be clean and straightforward.
All sections need to be efficiently organized while avoiding cluttered layouts, many decorative elements (e.g. icons), and excessive use of graphs.
Within your basic resume, include the five standard sections that allow hiring managers to determine whether you qualify for the job. Those include:
- Summary (or Objective)
Basic Resume Fonts
The end goal of your resume is for you to land the job - that's why you should prioritize legibility over creativity.
The simple template allows you to do just that.
Use classic, easy-to-read fonts (e.g. Bitter and Oswald), as they are more widely accepted for professional presentations.
The font size of your basic resume content should be between 10 - 12 points. You should use a bit larger font size for your name (14 - 16 pt); resume section headings, like Experience and Education, and headline (12 - 14 pt); and subheadings like job titles, company names, etc. (11 - 12 pt).
If you decide to spice up your simple resume with text in bold, italics, or underlined - do so to emphasize vital information.
Make sure that no matter the font you select, it does not take away the focus from your expertise.
Simple Resume Colors
Including colors on your resume that are too bright and contrasting may distract the recruiters. Thus, making your profile seem cluttered and unprofessional.
Simple resume templates avoid any over-the-top color combinations by sticking to a limited palette.
Most often, basic resume colors are neutral with:
- one primary color - this is usually in the grayscale, and
- one accent color - highlighting key information, like achievements.
If you decide to use different colors throughout your resume, do so sparingly and ensure that there is consistency all through your design.
Basic Resume Layout
The simple resume layout should be clean, easy to read, and polished.
How you order different resume sections is key to achieving a minimalistic and professional resume.
First off - stay clear of complex layouts.
As, when your resume is scanned by the ATS, a fancy layout could deceive the software. Hence, misaligning job requirements with, let's say, your education or hobbies section.
Next, select between a single- or double-column format to effectively utilize resume space. The single column can be an excellent choice if you happen to have less professional experience.
Your resume shouldn't be longer than two pages. In most cases, the one-page format is entirely sufficient. But, if you happen to have more than a decade of relevant experience, curate it via the two-page format.