I recently saw a white paper published by CareerBuilder called “How to Create the Perfect Resume”. After reviewing thousands of resumes in the past 17 years, I have developed some strong opinions on what a resume should look like and contain (to view a sample click here). I think CareerBuilder hit it out of the park with this white paper.

CareerBuilder advises placing your Personal Statement/Objective summary after your contact information, work history, and education. It would be nice if this order could become the new standard because I, for one, usually skip the objective statement to read recent work history first. Let’s face it, why do I care about your objective if you have not recently performed in a relevant role? I will only go back to read your objective if your work experience fits my position.

I have always suggested this section come immediately after the “contact information” (as you may remember from my earlier blog on formatting tips). However, this CareerBuilder white paper has made me rethink this stance.

See what you think. Click on the infographic below to read the full white paper.

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