Back to the Basics There are three widely used resume formats today. The first, and most common, is reverse chronological order. It highlights your work history (when, what and where) Second, functional or skill-based, which focus more on what you can do not where or when you did it. Third is hybrid, commonly known as combination, because it takes the advantages of both a functional and reverse chronological order formats.
Reverse Chronological The reverse chronologicalformat focuses on what you are working toward. It is easy to follow and suggests your work history has a progressive configuration.
Reverse ChronologicalThe list below suggests advantages to using a reversechronological resume: This format highlights the years and experience you have with specific companies, draws a timeline. Does not leave the hiring manager wondering when/where the experience came from, supporting fact versus deception. Reflects an understood progression of work history. Great when trying to influence based off your previous employers reputation. Details what your responsibilities were at each position held.
Length 1-2 pages If you are a professor, inventor or scientist a Curriculum Vitae is what you will need to compile. C.V. are much longer.
Layout White Space is important on the resume. It allows the eyes to focus and to not over stimulate the reader. Use Bullet Points Font Not too large, not too small Consistent throughout Not too fancy
Header Name Permanent Address Phone Number Create a clean, professional voicemail. Email Address Keep it professional! No firstname.lastname@example.org
EducationRule of Thumb: If you are a recent graduate, your education should be listed at the beginning of your resume. If you are a seasoned professional, your education will be at the end.
Education List education institution, followed by the name of the degree and the major Include GPA if above 3.0 or greater as well as academic honors Example:EducationCollegeName, B.A. Communications Town, MT 1999HonorsDean’s List 12 Consecutive SemestersAcademic All-State 8 Consecutive Semesters
Work HistoryJob titleName of organization, and, if applicable,divisionWork location (city, state)Dates (month/year)Accomplishments / Responsibilities
Objective Yes or No Career change – Yes OtherwiseUse a Summary of Qualifications to make a powerful statement. It will not only show the hiring managerwhat you achieve but they will understand how you would benefit them as well.
HeaderQualifications or Work Experience*Company One, Sunny, CA Sept 2009 - *PresentPlanning and Scheduling Coordinatoro Ensure on-time, efficient appointment management for 110+trucks.o Assess teamwork, flexibility, adaptability, coordinating skillsand common values and goals of current company clientele.o Communicate regularly with director of operations, salesmanager and fleet managers to address ongoing strategies andconcerns. Reverse Chronological
*Organization One, Glendale, UT March 2003 – September 2009Director of Drivers Services and Retentiono Orientate prospective drivers to company policy and procedures.o Processing new hire paperwork.o Keeping owner operator files up-to-date.Hardware Design, Magnum, AZ June 2000 – February 2003CAD Programmero Design and creation of desk structures using CAD programming.o Schooling coworkers in first aid and safety procedures.EducationLarge High School 1996-2000Graduated (H.S. Diploma)Specialty Vo-tech Yolanda, FL 2001-2002Graduated 12Volt/Low VoltageUniversity of Maryland 2001-2002 Reverse Chronological