The employer uses the resume to screen candidates who do not clearly match their needs. The resume is not used to determine who to hire (that’s the interview). If the resume/application is incomplete, messy, or does not show the skills that they have requested the employer will most likely not even take the time to read it.Often candidates have little or no concern about the application because they do not understand its CRITICAL role in the hiring process. This is your chance to show an employer you have the qualifications they are looking for and more!
This format lists your education and experience in REVERSE chronological order - in other words you list the most recent dates and work experience first. This is also often the best way to start writing a resume from scratch because it is easy to do.Points in favor of using this resume format.*This type of resume is easy to read, it is also easy for employers to scan this type of resume outline to get a sense of your career history. *This is by far the most accepted format - estimates vary but best indications are that it is preferred by around 80-85% of surveyed corporate Human Resources professionals. *This format is also preferred (and often enforced) by most Internet job boards (it may be hard to enter online job application questionnaires non-chronologically). *This format is great if you have a steady employment history with no major gaps or changes of career direction. *It is great if you have good organization names as ex-employers. *It effectively highlights recent experience, so it is good if your best achievements have been recent. *Best for international job seeking as it is a universal format.Points against using this format.It may not be the best way of presenting a career history which is: *Messy *Inconsistent *Has gaps *Is very long *Not relevant (i.e. when you are looking for a career change)
Points in favor?Combines skills gained in a number of areas and groups them so they appear stronger.Includes:*Paid employment *Volunteer work *Student activities *Work experience *Classroom work *Project work *Social organization e.g. club or team activities*Great for when the required skills are something you have, but a traditional chronological resume doesn't highlight them sufficiently. *Good for a poor career history with good skills - as the history is minimized at the bottom of the resume. *Emphasizes what you have done and can do, rather than where or when you did it. *This format is good for starters with little or no career history such as recent graduates. *It is also good for people who have been out of the job market and are re-entering after a break. *It can be good for older workers who wish to de-emphasize the time span of their experience. *This is especially suited to applicants looking for a career change - change of field, sector or direction.Points against?*Unfortunately this format is not always well received by employers.*Many employers believe that this resume format/outline is designed to "hide something"! This is an important point, so you should be careful of using this format. *Many internet application systems ask for dated information, so it can be hard or impossible to make online applications in this format.
What is the combination format?A resume that begins with a functional summary of: *Your most relevant qualifications *Your key skills *Your key abilities *Your relevant experience*Then gives a chronological career history which is shorter than it would be in a chronological format resume, but which supports the summary. *This resume outline is a great compromise if you'd like to use a functional format, but are wary of employers disliking them. Points in favor?*This format, if done properly is well accepted by employers. *It is great for giving a chronological resume but highlighting your particular skills and experience etc for the position. *This format is also very useful where your relevant experience was gained some time ago and therefore needs highlighting. *This format can result in well-targeted resumes, as you can tailor the functional section to the employer's requirements shown in the job posting. *Great where your career history is not straightforward or has gaps. *Very good for justifying a career change. Points against?*Some employers still don't like it - they want to see what you did in each job in detail. If you are considering a career change this format is strongly recommended, it this case your resume may exceed the typical two pages... *It can be hard to input on some online applications.
*Resume objectives are most useful for new graduates, those who are changing careers, and/or those who have little or no work history.*When writing your objective, ensure that it is unique to your situation and the specific qualifications that you can bring to the position
*If the candidate is younger (under 18 and not attending college or the age 22 and has attended college) most employers will attribute a lack of experience to being too young or having been focused on education. For most employers, this is acceptable.*
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Be accurate, truthful, and positive. Never lie!</li></li></ul><li>A winning résumé grabs your reader’s interest<br />You want your resume to <br />STAND OUT NOT<br />STICK OUT<br /><ul><li>Focus on your accomplishments and skills