Cover Letter / December 22, 2018 / Lidia Jenkins
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.
Note that not everyone is endowed with the knowledge of how to write an impressive resume you may seek comfort in the fact that there are sample job resume formats to help you build your perfect resume. A job resume format varies from country to country; one thing that you have to keep in mind though is that your resume should be concise and clear where all your qualifications will be highlighted for your potential employer to see. Make it light understandable and easily readable. Avoid loud colors. Be wary of grammatical errors and typos. Check the proper formatting and layout. You should be detail oriented when writing your resumes meaning you should make it a point to check even the font size and the font style. A good resume will be no longer than two pages. A great resume will be no longer than one page. If you tailor each resume to reflect only the skill necessary for the job you are applying for you will have less information to put down.
The functional resume format is an effective way to reduce the number of pages that an employer will have to read and will make your application more impactful. The disadvantage to this resume format is that recruiters dont like it. They get suspicious about your job history if no dates are included and may toss it in the garbage if it raises too many questions. Although at one time I used a functional resume because in my chronological resume I had gaps in my work history that I suspected were keeping the phone from ringing with interview requests. I changed the format from chronological to functional and the phone started to ring! So for the best of both worlds you might want to try the combination resume if youve got gaps in your work history or have been out of the workforce for a while.