Cover Letter / December 24, 2018 / Magdalena Schultz.
I was delighted to learn about the many resume formats available but first I had to spend some time contemplating which format was best for me. I did not simply pick the format I thought was the prettiest but instead focused on which format would be the most appealing to potential employers. I had to do a great deal of investigating to make this decision. The first step was determining the number of formats available. Then I took a close look at each format and the benefits it offered. I also spent time searching for information on why each format is most useful. In conclusion I decided to test out a few resume formats before making my final decision. I did not take this process lightly and designed entire resumes with a few different formats. After designing these resumes I critiqued them objectively as though I was the potential employer and considered whether or not I would hire someone with this type of resume. The process of selecting a format was certainly not an easy one but in the end I was satisfied with my decision. I knew the format I had chosen would help me to stand out. One of the first things to consider before you decide which resume format you will use is the industry you are hoping to work in. Although no particular format is considered to be right or wrong certain industries have a preference for certain resume formats and care should be taken to cater to these preferences. In this article we will take a look at the chronological format and also the functional format.
Keep reading to learn more. The Chronological Resume Format What it is. This type of resume format is the traditional and still most common format. Its also the easiest to write. You organize it in reverse order by employer with your most recent job listed first. When it works best. This kind of resume format highlights your career progression and growth. Employers like it because its usually easy to read and can be scanned quickly for your employment history. Here are the situations where it works best: When youve worked steadily and consistently with no major gaps in employment. When your job history shows that youve moved up in responsibility steadily. When youve held standard well-recognized jobs for well-known companies. When your most significant achievements have occurred recently.
There are a number of situations in which this resume format works well such as: When youre trying to make a career change. (You can list your relevant skills and experience up front then any relevant education. Next list your job history but only include the relevant duties performed at each. When you have done almost the same duties everywhere youve worked. (Listing the same duties over and over under each employer is redundant. Instead you can highlight your most significant skills and experience up front along with any special awards or achievements. Then list only company-specific duties under each employer. Tips for using this resume format. Take the tips listed above for each of the other formats and incorporate them. Also keep in concise and interesting. Avoid boring job descriptions.
Resumes are scanned into these databases. This can lead to some problems as old scanners can sometimes dramatically change the look of your resume. It is beneficial to build both a scannable resume and a printed resume which you can bring to your interviews To overcome this you can create a scannable resume. A scannable resume is a traditional resume stored preferably as a plain text file and with little formatting. How Long Should a Resume Be? Another important decision you have to make about your resume format is the length of your resume. There are no specific rules on how long your resume should be. Resume length can vary depending on your situation. The length of your resume will depend on how much space you need to compactly and precisely list your relevant skills and accomplishments.
Know how to make effective use of tabs and spaces. Understand that the employer might be reading your resume using another word processor. Consider this when formatting your resume or otherwise he will be reading a disoriented jumble of content. That is why it is best to use basic fonts styles spacing and markers. After you have finished modifying the resume format to your satisfaction get a print out. Dont use colored papers. Use a white and clean paper. Ensure that the resume format from the print-out appears exactly like the one set in your computer - correct margins font styles and spacing. Make good use of white space. Avoid crowding the contents on one side while leaving another side with plenty of white space. It wont appear attractive.