A Resume is an individually designed document that focuses attention on those aspects of your background which are most relevant to your current employment objective. It should portray you in a positive professional manner and can open interview doors.
Your promotional brochure
Example of your communication and organizational skills.
This is the most common resume style. In the Chronological format, the emphasis is placed on employment experience. The applicant’s job history is presented in reverse chronological order, with the most recent placed at the top of the list.
Advantage - It is clear and unambiguous. Presents job experience is related to the job you are applying for.
Disadvantage - may highlight your lack of experience, gaps in employment or changing careers .
The format - work objective, career highlight, work experience to date, education & specialized training.
Highlights skills, experience and accomplishments without identifying specific dates, names and places. This format is organized by functions or skills, advertising the specific qualifications that the candidate can apply to the position in question.
Advantage - there is no chronological listing of employment.
Disadvantage - employer may think you are withholding information (inexperience or a long gap in your employment history).
The format - work objective, qualifications summary, relevant skills, education & training.
This kind of Resume brings together the best of both types. It features a functional section that highlights skills, accomplishments and experiences. It also includes a chronological listing of employment, education and employment related experiences.
The format - work objective, qualification summary, relevant skills, employment history (short), education & training.
Screen and eliminate poorly qualified candidates so that only a few are left for personal interviews.
Anticipate the dialogue- focus on skills, experiences & accomplishments.
Keep your notes handy- resume, notes about the company.
Avoid salary issues
Push for a face to face meeting- “I am very interested in exploring the possibility of working with your company. I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with you in person so we can further discuss my opportunities.”