Do You Have The Correct Resume Format?

 By: Gwen Enzo
Do you have the job that you like? Are you looking for a career shift? Do you get replies from the companies you are applying? If not, then you perhaps you are in need of a format. When formatting your resume, there are important things that you need to remember. It is important to highlight the most relevant information and design a visually pleasing document.

You should learn how to choose the resume format that would be best for you. The three most common resume formats are Chronological, Functional, and Hybrid. Chronological resumes list your professional experience in chronological order, starting with the most recent job first. Functional resumes focus more on your skills by providing special categories in which to showcase them. Hybrid resumes combine chronological and functional formats.

After choosing the format (for 80% of our clients a chronological resume), you should learn how to arrange your resume. It should be arranged from the most important down to the least important. The importance and relevancy of your information should be listed in descending order with the least relevant information at the bottom of the resume. After an introductory statement or paragraph, you need to provide the credentials that employers will be most interested in. Are you planning a career change? Did you just earn your degree? Have a list of exceptional achievements you would like to highlight. Whatever the situation, prioritize your credentials and DO NOT save the best for last.

Be specific in the content of your resume. This level of detail shows the reader the contributions you have made in the past (and therefore the contributions you can be expected to make in the future.) This also makes the resume easy to read.

Poofreading is also important…. did you catch that one?. You have to make sure that you're resume has know typos - get a team to review your resume. When you are sure its perfect, have other people proof it! If even won word is misspelled the reeder will assume that you didnt no how to spell the word or that you didn't care (this is even worser!).

You also have to ensure not to overload the page with text. Your resume should have enough white space to keep your text readable. To keep your document printable, frame all of your text (including the header and footer) appropriately by keeping enough indents as required. Less is often more - 1 page can be better than two ….. your document should be focused and answer questions - not create more questions. You can provide additional details in an interview. A resume is a tool to get interviews - it is NOT your career autobiography.

Remember that resumes are like snowflakes - no two are ever exactly alike. Make sure that you present your unique credentials in the most flattering way possible.
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