Cover Letter / December 23, 2018 / Melinda Lucas
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.
If you an entry-level candidate you can have a one page neatly typed compact resume. For professionals with a lot of experience a two or three page resume can greatly impress employers. Choice of Fonts Keep the font of your resume simple. Classic fonts such as Times New Roman and Arial are recognized by nearly all computers. If you use other font styles there will be a risk that the employers computer does not support the particular font. Also if it is too fancy it might turn off the employer. Remember that ... The most important information will be listed on the top of the resume as it is the first to catch the employers eye. In the middle is the part which will get briefly scanned. The bottom part of the resume will not get much attention unless you get the interview. Your resume structure should take this into account.
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.