Cover Letter / December 22, 2018 / Alfreda Graham.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some cases where a functional resume is best: When youre new to the workforce or coming back after a long absence When you have large or many gaps in your work history When youve worked for only 1 or 2 companies over many years When you want to make a career change When youve been in the workforce for many years and you want to de-emphasize your age Youve worked at a number of different unrelated jobs. Tips for using this resume format. Highlight your most relevant assets for each job youre seeking up front in the resume in their general order of importance. If you dont have much formal work experience then list any skills or experience that can translate into such including volunteer work and internships. Be honest though; dont make stuff up.
As mentioned earlier interviewer cant spend time reading about your skills education and experience from varied fields. He/she is interested to know about the skills that a particular job profile demands. Considering the aspects listed above some of the resume formats are standardized. Chronological Resume Format: It is most popularly used resume format. Though the name of this format is chronological the information is written in the reverse chronological order i.e. from latest to prior. The education and experience is written in the reverse chronological sequence. It gives the correct career graph to the employer Functional Resume Format: It highlights the experience and skills. This is best suited format for students or people who are applying for a job after a gap of say one year or so.