Cover Letter / December 21, 2018 / Malinda Cobb
Finally never let your resume be determined by resume formats. It is also very important to avoid omitting or including information just because the format requires this information. Doing this can cause you to miss out on a good opportunity because there is missing information or extraneous information. When you are compiling your resume and considering resume formats it is important that you keep your resume as neat and as simple to read as possible. Some people think that it is more important to make your resume stand out so they choose to use graphics to generate some interest. Quite often this can actually backfire and the resume that looks less professional may be the first to hit the trashcan. It is in your best interest to keep resume formats clean and professional. You want to invite the employer to read the resume so keep your resume formats reader friendly. Use wide margins because thin margins and long long sentences can cause the reader to loose their train of thought and they can loose interest. Certainly you need to be professional but do not cause the reader to need a dictionary to follow what you are saying and do not use professional jargon.
Perhaps the format most people see most often is the chronological format for resumes. This format is essentially a timeline where previous work experience is listed according to when it occurred. You can use either chronological order or reverse chronological order on your resume but most people opt for reverse chronological. This type of format is so popular because it lends itself well to many industries and positions. Of all of the resume formats available the chronological one offers the ability to show how you have progressed in your career. This is because if you have worked your way up from a junior position to a senior management position it will be obvious with this format because the potential employer will see the advancement. For some people the functional format may be the best alternative. In particular those who have held a number of different jobs and cannot demonstrate longevity may opt for the functional format because it shifts the focus away from this fact and more towards the type of work the job seeker has done instead of where and when this work was done. In general any of the resume formats can work well for you as long as you also make sure the information on your resume is well written. It certainly goes without saying that care should be taken to avoid mistakes in grammar or spelling.
The Combination Resume Format The combination resume as its name implies combines the best of both the chronological resume and the functional resume. A functional resume format is followed but the job dates are included. The employer is primarily interested in knowing what value you can bring to the company so that if your first page (or the first 2/3rds) of your resume can effectively show what value you bring to the company then any gaps may be overlooked in favour of bringing you in for an interview. A resume is basically a summary of your past employment history achievements skills educational attainments and competencies acquired through the years. Your resume is your sales letter to a prospective employer to tell them that you are the best candidate for the role.