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Notes of a Résumé Writer

By Dear Sam Modified: February 22, 2013 at 11:00 am •  Published: February 22, 2013


You may not be a designer, but a compelling page layout critical to success

While some would argue that résumé format takes second seat to content, I would often argue, especially in the entry-level situation in which you find yourself, that the design and layout of your résumé are critical to your résumé’s success. In your case, you will be vying for limited positions amid a crowded field of similarly qualified candidates. When this is the environment, you must do all you can to get noticed; that means constructing a well-crafted and well-written résumé packaged in an aesthetically pleasing, compelling format. I urge you to take the time to reformat your résumé to become more engaging, eliminating the overused template you have used for a more unique presentation of your candidacy. Take a look at a library science résumé I completed for a client (also available online at, noticing attention to detail when it came to content and format.


The great news is that you have not had a tool to effectively open doors. Your qualifications are solid, your experience is on target, and once you revise the approach you are taking to presenting your candidacy, I am certain you will begin to yield responses. Best to you.


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