Drafting A New Resume? A Simple Guide To Choosing The Right Format For You
So, you’ve read our resume guide and are finally ready to tackle your first draft. You know one resume type doesn’t fit all, but you still aren’t sure which one fits you. It’s true, there are quite a few resume styles out there, some with profile pictures and even those with creative infographics. But, don’t feel overwhelmed … choosing your best fit from the 4 main resume types is a sure way to create a draft that will make you proud.
As the go-to for those looking to completely change careers or have gaps in employment history, functional resumes, also known as skills-based resumes have a format that illuminates your experience and skills.
It is typical to begin with a summary of your professional accomplishments and experience. To highlight your achievements and specific skills, you can also include a headline for the resume’s summary.
Some choose to forgo the inclusion of employment history altogether and while unnecessary to include specific employment dates and employer information, it may be helpful to include a brief paragraph or list showing your work history. If work history is included, it is best to place this info toward the end of your resume.
Chronological resumes are the most common of the four main types and are preferred by most employers. A chronological resume provides the employment history details many employers seek. If you have a solid work history and are looking to stay on the same career path, a chronological resume may be the best choice.
Your first thought may be to include an objective, but that really isn't needed and many employers prefer to not see one. So, when drafting your chronological resume, begin with what employers want to see … your work history. Start with your most recent position and list the rest in reverse chronological order. Include your specific accomplishments for each position and not necessarily a list of job responsibilities. Also, include dates of employment, company name, and location. You should include any relevant certifications, special skills, and volunteer positions held as well.
If you don't have time to create a targeted resume for each position, be sure to do so for those that are an ideal match. Targeted resumes are specifically created for a particular position for which you are applying.
Include a clear picture of the skills and experience you possess, that are directly related to a specific position. When drafting, make sure your work history, accomplishments, and skills are direct reflections of the position’s requirements. It is also very helpful to conduct a little research on the company to learn about their culture and accomplishments. Once you've learned that info, you can better tailor your resume to fit their expectations and preferences.
This resume combines the best features of functional resumes and chronological resumes. The unique format helps you to emphasize your strong employment history and the reasons you are the best fit for the position.
Include your qualifications and skills at the beginning of the resume in either list or paragraph format. Your chronological employment history should follow. If including education info, certifications, or relevant volunteer experience, begin with your most recent information and continue from there. Here's an example.
Hope all goes well!