Writing a resume is hard work. You must write your resume correctly; it must be perfect! Any blunders in your resume could cost you the job. The entire resume-writing process can be confusing. We’ve all asked ourselves these questions: “Which information goes in?” “Which stays out?” “How exactly should I format my resume?”
If you jumped into a pile of books and articles on how to write the perfect resume, you’d drown in words, sentences and advice that all sound the same. So what in the world will make your resume leap out of the pile and scream out, “Grab me! I am the person you want to hire!”
The following tips are shortcuts to write a stellar resume for whatever sort of job you desire.
FORMAT WITH CAUTION
Your professional history will strongly dictate your resume format. We must choose one of three basic resume types: chronological, functional or combination.
THE CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME – This is the most common type of resume, the one that comes to mind when the word is mentioned. A chronological resume is appropriate if you’ve had steady work experience with little to no breaks, have kept each of your jobs for long periods of time, or have industry-related experience that shows your working toward a specific goal. The Chronological Resume is comprised of:
Objective (which we’ll discuss in a few paragraphs)Employment history (starting from your most recent job)EducationOptional section (for things such as military experience or any special skills/intereststhat may pertain to the job at hand)References
THE FUNCTIONAL RESUME – A variation of the chronological resume, a functional resume intends to highlight skills found outside of work experience; it’s useful if you’re in the process of changing careers, have little to no work experience or have held several, seemingly unrelated jobs. This sort of resume is comprised of:
Qualifications summary (a bulleted list of achievements or interests that qualify youfor the job for which you’re applying).Employment historyEducationOptional sectionReferences
THE COMBINATION RESUME – A combination resume is what it sounds like: a combination of the chronological and functional formats. It tends to be slightly more useful than the functional resume, as that format sometimes makes an employer suspicious that you’re hiding something (such as a lack of experience). The combination resume is comprised of: