Resume Wizards

Definition

The term resume wizard is used to describe a tool often found in word processing applications.  The wizard takes a stepwise approach to walking the user through the process of creating an electronic resume.

Explanation

Resume wizards are powerful tools because they allow the user to focus on the content of the document, rather than spending time and effort on the format of the resume.  The steps found in a resume wizard typically include:

  • Template Selection:  picking an overarching style for the resume, including page layout and font type.
  • Resume Format:  choosing between a chronological, functional, or combination resume.
  • Hints and Examples:  information the user can refer to, which will help them to fill out the resume format chosen.

Before using a resume wizard it's important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each resume format.  The optimal resume will highlight the job hunter's accomplishments while not drawing attention to any skill or work experience gaps.

Related Terms

resume format, chronological resume, functional resume, combination resume, cover letter