Cover Letter / December 23, 2018 / Delores Kane.
Obviously there is a lot of competition out there from other job seekers vying for the same position. Youll need to start your resume writing by deciding on a format. There are essentially 3 different resume formats: the chronological resume the functional resume and the combination resume. Each has its advantages and disadvantages which is explained below. The Chronological Resume Format The chronological resume format is the most common and the one that people are most familiar with. In the chronological format each of your jobs and corresponding descriptions of responsibilities are listed in chronological order starting with the most recent job. Dates of each job are included on the resume and it usually includes a career objective section skills & attributes section or profile section and an education section.
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.
If you have large gaps in employment you may want to just list your past employers but leave out the dates. You can deal with any questions during the interview. When it doesnt work well. If you know that in your career track the chronological resume format is strongly preferred you may have to go with the flow. Or you may decide to take a combination approach as described below. The Combination Resume Format What it is. A combination resume format takes the best features of both the chronological and the functional resume formats. You get a chance to present a strong summary of your skills and accomplishments up front (functional) while also providing a detailed employment history (chronological) that supports the statements made in the first section. When it works best.
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.
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.