This format highlights specific skills, responsibilities, & accomplishments - also shifting emphasis of the Résumé away from recent appointment . Keeps skills and work history separate.
Use this format if: you
are changing careers / fields
have interruptions in work history, demoted
returning to the workforce after a hiatus
you are a consultant, selling a service to customers
Strengths: showcases your strengths & transferable skills from many sources - even unpaid work / can highlight experiences that have no direct relationship with recent jobs / flexible to prioritize sub-headings to tailor the Résumé to your needs, future oriented
Weaknesses: not preferred by some traditional employers who may expect to see traditional lists of responsibilities & accomplishments linked to specific positions / should not be used if applying for position in same field as current position - do not emphasize career path
This format emphasizes a consistent work history & diverse skill sets . Demonstrates how skills contributed to accomplishments.
Use this format if : you
want to apply for a broader range of jobs
Strengths : showcases steady work history & diverse skill sets / allows broader range of professional objectives / ideal for consultants as it specifies how their skills influence the company's success
Weakness : skills and accomplishments may need to be adjusted when one is applying for positions in multiple industries / conservative employer may still desire chronological Résumé
Combination Format - Contact Information - Headline - Summary of Qualifications - Career Highlights (list out skill sets) - Professional Experience - Education & Professional Development, Training and Certifications ++ Awards and Recognition ++ Professional Affiliations ++ Publications, Presentations, Patents ++ Endorsements ++ Other Skills
10-second rule: Your Résumé only has 10 seconds to impress or be rejected. "Summary of Qualifications" maximizes the success of your Résumé within this tight time-frame - summarizing your professional worth.
- highlight your best selling points (don't be modest!)
- include 5 - 8 components
- years of experience / areas of expertise
- awards or recognition
- industry specific certification or professional training