Expert Resume WritingThere is a lot involved in creating a professional resume format that is attention grabbing and lands interviews. Do you know that some job postings can bring in as many as 500-1, 000 resumes? And, recruiters will spend between 10 and half a minute critiquing a resume with the main goal being to cut down the piles of resumes that they obtain daily to a manageable stack of "keepers". Clearly, there is a whole lot of competition out there from other job seekers competing for the same position.
You have to pick to start out your resume writing by deciding on a format. There are fundamentally 3 different resume types: the chronological resume, the functional resume and the blend resume. Everyone has their advantages and disadvantages which is explained below.
The Date Resume Format
The chronological resume format is the most frequent and the the one that people are most familiar with. In the chronological format, each of your jobs and corresponding descriptions of tasks are listed in chronological order starting with the most recent job. Dates of each job are included on the resume and it usually includes a career objective section, skills & attributes area or profile section and an education section.
Typically the Functional Resume Format
The functional resume format is not as common and most often recommended for those who have gaps in their work history or for people who have been away of the workforce for a while. What is most prominent about this curriculum vitae format is the candidate's skills, attributes and achievements. A career objective should also be included as well as any educational skills. The actual jobs however , do not include the dates. The career history section will typically be limited to a listing of company names, location of each company and job titles. One advantage to using this format is that it usually shortens the length of a resume. If you've received a 25 year job history and several careers where you've performed many of the same duties, you can imagine how lengthy (ofcourse not to mention repetitive) your resume might get. Typically the functional resume format is a powerful way to reduce the number of web pages that an employer will have to read and will make your application more impactful. The disadvantage to this resume format is that recruiters can't stand it. They get suspect about your job background if no dates are included and may throw out it in the garbage if it raises a lot of questions. Although, at one time I used a functional resume because in my chronological resume I had gaps in my work history that I thought were keeping the phone from ringing with interview requests. I changed the format from chronological to useful and the phone started to ring! So, to get the best of both worlds, you might like to try the blend resume if you've got gaps in your job history or have been out of the workforce for a while.
The Blend Resume Format
The mixture resume as its name implies, combines the best of the chronological resume and the functional curriculum vitae. A functional resume format is followed nevertheless the job dates are included. The particular employer is generally thinking about knowing what value you may bring to the company so that if your first page (or the first 2/3rds) of your resume can effectively show what value you bring to the company, then any breaks may be overlooked in favour of bringing you in for an interview.