Your resume is one of your best marketing tools
The #1 goal of your resume is to tell your individual story in a compelling way that drives prospective employers to want to meet you! In today’s competitive job market, a well-designed resume stands out from the crowd and indicates to employers that you have something extra to bring to the table. Learn more
A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Below your most recent job, you list your other jobs in reverse chronological order.
Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. This is the most common resume type.
This type of format 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 type.
One of the most popular formats is the functional resume. This format deemphasizes work history and puts skills and accomplishments front and center. After your name and contact information, you go straight into your most relevant skills and accomplishments. Your work history is listed with minimal detail at the bottom of your page.
A combination format is a mix between a chronological format and a functional format. At the top of the page is a list of one’s skills and qualifications. Below this is one’s chronological work history. However, the work history is not the focus of the resume, and typically does not take up much space on the page.
With this type of format, you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide your chronological work history. After all, most employers want to see your chronological work history, even if that history is not very extensive.
This kind of format helps you highlight what makes you the best fit for the job, while still giving the employer all the information he or she wants.
A targeted profile that is customized to specifically highlight the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. It definitely takes more work to write a targeted format than to just click to apply with your existing resume.
However, it’s well worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.