Something that a lot of people, recruiters especially, forget is that everyone is not taught the same resume format. Recruiters can tend to assume that candidates will provide them with the same resume template as every other candidate out there. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. As far as the whole resume goes, in my professional opinion, the general format is dependent on your industry, your career and educational experience, and several other factors. However, in terms of your professional experience, there are a few things that you should include 100% of the time:
The order you put this information in can differ, but as long as this basic level of information is included, recruiters and HR managers will be able to understand what your background is fairly easily. Each of these items will help explain to a recruiter or HR manager what your past experience is without having to dig too deeply. This works especially well when you are applying to companies in the same industry as your previous position. The past companies you worked for, as well as your job titles, will show what kind of industry experience you have, the dates will show exactly how much you have, and the descriptions will tie a neat little bow around all of that.