It might seem like all resumes are the same, but after you have read a few, you will discover there are actually some massive differences. The format you choose can be the deciding factor between getting called for a job interview or sending out more copies of your resume.
There are many aspects that separate an attention-grabbing resume from an unsuccessful resume. Many job seekers make the mistake of thinking that the layout of the resume is unimportant. The reality is that the layout of your resume is almost as important as the information you include. There are three popular types of layouts you can choose to use. I would estimate that at least 90% of the resumes created are either set-up using a chronological resume format or a functional resume format. The third is the combination resume format that is use is some cases, but is growing in popularity.
A Chronological Resume Format
When you write a chronological resume, you will want to make sure your employment and educational accomplishments are listed in chronological order. The key is to put your most recent experiences on top and work your way down. The reason most prospective employers prefer a chronological resume to a functional resume is because it makes it easier for them to access your background and qualifications. It lets them see how quickly you have progressed, and how long you stick to employment commitments or shows if you have got laid off frequently or fired. It also shows immediately if you have any gaps in your work history. It is also a benefit to many job seekers because it can highlight impressive organizations where they worked and if their work history is solid and shows progression this is an added benefit. The downfall to some job seekers is… if their job history is not perfect it will show every gap or time periods where they didn’t progress within their career.
A Functional Resume Format
The second type of resume that you should know about is called a functional resume. Instead of listing your employment and educational history in order, when you are drafting a functional resume, you will want to turn the focus on your skills set instead of employment history. When you create a functional resume, the aim is to draw attention to the highlights you have experienced that are relevant to the position you are seeking. It includes skills-based, categorical sections, this helps to determine if you are qualified for the position.
Functional resumes are commonly used when a student is seeking an internship, a stay at mom or dad entering the workforce, or by someone who is interested in making a career change.
A Combination Resume Format
The third type of resume that you might want to consider is a style that incorporates both the chronological and functional resume format. This type of resume is appropriately called a combination resume, and it is becoming increasingly popular. The reason professionals are starting to use a combination style is because it gives them the freedom to draw a prospective employer's attention to their skills, while also showing they have a strong educational and employment history.
Once you have decided on the type of resume you want to produce, ensure that all the information is clear and concise. Additionally, do not overload your resume with information otherwise it will ruin your chances of getting an interview – remember to save some details for the interview.
About the Author:
Candace Davies is the owner of Cando Career Coaching and Resume Writing, which has operated online for over 9 years. Visit her website at http://candocareer.com. Candace is a Resume Writer and Interview Coach Strategist holding five career industry certifications. She loves to partner with wonderful individuals world wide who take advancing their career seriously.