Cover Letter / December 23, 2018 / Clarissa Mendoza.
Deciding on a resume format is the first major decision to be made when creating your resume. The overall look of your resume depends on the resume format font and outline you choose. The two main types of format in use are the chronological and functional formats. When to Use the Chronological Resume Format A Chronological resume is the easiest to create and it is also the most widely used format. Chronological resume format allows you to list your job experiences starting with the most recent and moving back in time. This allows employers to see your progression in the career field. If you are staying in your career field this format will allow employers to see if you are qualified for the job you are applying for. It may not be beneficial for people changing career fields.
A functional resume format is also applicable for career changers as their professional experience might vary considerably from what is being offered. But more often than not they will have acquired some skills from their previous career that are applicable to the new career path they have chosen. Choosing which resume format to use is entirely up to you. But it is important to keep these key differences and advantages in mind in deciding which one you are going to choose. In many cases you might be able to use both types and it is often termed as a combination resume format. If you do opt to combine the strengths of both resume formats just make sure to limit the length of your resume and stick to information relevant to the role.
When you search for job openings online some companies will have on their websites which online resume format is acceptable. If you dont know which format is acceptable to a certain company call them and ask. The worst thing you can do is send an online resume in the wrong format and have it ignored. PLAIN TEXT RESUME This format is also referred to as ASCII. Many companies used to accept this type of resume a few years ago when searching for a job on the internet was still new. When this format is used the resume is written in plain text with no formatting. The resume is sent in an email to the employer. Unfortunately because the resume is unformatted it looks pretty ugly and is hard to read. With the advancements in word processing and email functions companies are turning towards more professional looking online resume formats.
If you are contemplating on adding some images on your resume dont. It is completely unnecessary and will distract the employer from your most important assets. You can present your creativity in other ways. The best resume formats are those that are simple but professional. Allow for margins on your pages. A good resume format uses a margin of about an inch on all sides and the top and bottom of the content. Use left-justification. Do not make all your resume content centered. It doesnt look very professional. Keep the font size and style uniform. It is best to use one font style while varying the font size among headlines and other content. Presentable resume formats normally have headlines that are set at a maximum font size of 14 points while the font size of other contents are generally set at a 12-point maximum.
Before you can know which of the top resume formats will work best for you it is important that you understand the purpose of each of the formats. There are three primary resume formats. Chronological Resume This format places a great emphasis on your work history and education. This is the format most people think of when they hear the term resume. For decades this was THE resume format. However times have changed and now other formats have become acceptable for resumes. You should consider using the chronological format when you have a strong work history and academic achievements. Not all of us have that strong work history displaying a clear career path. For many reasons including the unavailability of the right job many of us have taken a job outside of what would be considered a normal career path.