Resume is only a page or two in length but it’s a most important part of your job application. It’s a daunting task but it is how you tell the story of your professional history to potential employers. In order to stand out from the crowd, your resume needs to be consistent, concise, and clear and easy to read. It’s like an advertisement and YOU are the product. Your goal is to get hired.
Given below are some tips and guidelines to help you write one that best presents your career goals.
- Choose from three formats
- Reverse Chronological – This is the more traditional format and most commonly used among job seekers. It starts by listing the work with the most recent position listed first. Below your most recent job, you list your other jobs in reverse chronological order. This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work history. If you are just starting your career, or if you are changing career fields, you might consider a different resume types.
- Functional – While chronological resume emphasis on career progression, a functional resume focuses on your abilities, experience and skills. In this type of format instead of having work history at the top, you place professional experience or accomplishments and various skills that you have developed in your professional journey.
It may not include one’s employment history. Its aim is to hide facts that you have imperfect work experience or transferring industries. It also sometimes includes resume summary or headlines at the top with your skills and achievements.
It is also beneficial for people who have just started with their career or have limited work experience.
- Combination- A combination resume is a mix between a chronological resume and a functional resume it merges bits and pieces from both. It focuses like the functional format; at the top of the resume is a list of one’s skills and qualifications. Below the body of the resume contains one’s chronological work history. However, it does not focus on the work history.
It is basically designed for those who already have a job, quite a bit of experience or for those who wants to change their field or industry.
This kind of resume helps you to highlight your job profile, while still giving the employer all the information he or she wants.