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April 06, 2016
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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. 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.
This type is best if you are applying for positions similar to your current or previous positions. It lists your work experience, training, and education in reverse chronolocial order, highlighting your most recent experiences first. This is the most common style of resume chosen, and thus employers tend to be most familiar with it. View the sample below for further assistance.
This style of resume highlights skill and accomplishments rather than focusing on past employment details. It is most useful in situations where large gaps in employment can be found, perhaps causing your history to be viewed negatively by the employer. It also can be useful when making a career change, as it focuses less on the position and more on your abilities. View the sample below for further assistance.
Combination blends elements of the chronological and functional styles of resumes. It generally includes chronological background information while also highlighting skills and accomplishments. View the sample below for further assistance.
- 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 and cover letter to each specific job
- Use headings to organize your information so that pertinent details can be located by employers at a quick glance
- Ensure that you have contacted anyone listed as a reference, and obtained their permission to do so
- Be confident the individuals you use as references will provide positive feedback about you to potential employers
- Get help! Having a career development professional help you develop a resume, or provide feedback is an invaluable activity. They can help you fine tune your resume to give you an edge in the job market. Refer to the Job Search Resources section of this site for helpful links to career professionals.