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November 28, 2018

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Resumes

Your resume is a key marketing tool. It is essential that your resume is current, has a clear target, and reflects all that you have to offer.

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There are 3 basic types of resumes: chronological, functional, and combination. The type of resume that is right for you is dependent upon your job target and your past work experience.

Chronological:

  • best if you are applying for positions similar to current or previous
  • lists your work experience, training, and education in reverse chronological order, highlighting your most recent experiences first
  • the most common style of resume chosen, and thus employers tend to be most familiar with it

Functional:

  • highlights skills and accomplishments rather than focusing on past employment details
  • most useful in situations where large gaps in employment can be found

Combination:

  • blends elements of the chronological and functional styles of resumes
  • generally includes chronological background information while also highlighting skills and accomplishments

Other Very Helpful Tips:

  • Use a cover letter!: Tailor a cover letter specific to each position you are applying for. This is a great way to highlight skills, clarify your intentions, and show that you are excited about the prospect of working for this company.
  • Make sure the information and dates you present are accurate
  • Be truthful, don't exaggerate your qualifications
  • Highlight your strongest skills, qualifications, and attributes in the first part of your resume
  • Don't provide personal information such as age, marital status, gender, etc. on your resume
  • Tailor your resume to each specific job
  • Use headings to organize your information so that pertinent details can be located by employers at a quick glance
  • Contact anyone listed as a reference, and obtain their permission. Ensure the individuals you have chosen will provide positive feedback about you to potential employers