Cover Letter / December 23, 2018 / Denise Barnes
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.
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.
You can do this in your cover letter. A chronological resume format works best when you have acquired some professional experience and not fresh out from college. Functional Resume Format If you are fresh out of school and have no substantial professional experience to talk of it is best to use a functional resume format. This type of resume format puts more focus on your qualifications and skills rather than your employment and professional history. So rather than listing positions held in reverse order you will be listing out key competencies that are required and relevant to the role. An example could be "People Management" or "Customer Relations". Then proceed to enumerate tasks or duties you performed whether at school part time jobs or at community projects that help to reinforce this skill.