Resume – which format does what?
Resume format – full article
Traditional Chronological format lists your work history starting with the most current portfolio you hold (if you are still employed, it means your existing one).
Functional format groups similar items into the same category, regardless of how recent or long ago the event occurred.
Combination is simply a combination of the first 2, but since it’s a personal blend, there’s no hard and fast rule – just add and mix them in! So by that token, it therefore means whether it’s a roaring success or dismal failure, it’s not a science – but an art!
Resumes can also be formatted in a variety of ways – including paragraphs, bullet points etc.
The subsequent paragraphs indicate the advantages and disadvantages of the different formats were explained above.
Paragraphed Resumes result in all points collapsed in minimal space. This therefore means, that there may be diamonds – but they are in the rough!
Bulleted Resumes are easily digestible, but no clear priority system is laid out. The only exception being the sequence in which they are laid out – which may or may not be able to be altered.
Other resume details NOT to leave out – personal email address and URL if Web resume is available for viewing.
Writing Your Resume
Be honest and thorough. Exaggeration about your skills and experience will be quickly discovered and make it harder to either gain or keep a job. Scrawling a few ideas “off the top of your head” isn’t too useful either, as it suggests you are not too serious in your hunt for employment.
Make some time to sit down with pen and paper and write a list of your skills, experiences and personal attributes. Even though job adverts don’t often talk much about character qualities, when employers are asked what they think makes a good employee, character qualities are usually top of the list. So don’t neglect to share something positive about your character and personality.
Putting a Resume together requires excellent presentation as well as “selling” your skills and abilities. As a minimum you should use headings to cover personal details and contact information, personal and character qualities (even better if backed up by references or work reports), specific skills, interests and any relevant work or voluntary experience.
There is a bit of debate about whether including a photo with your Resume is a good idea or not. Many Human Resources professionals consider it to be an inappropriate practice, because it allows an employer to make judgements about the age, gender, and race of the applicant. However, a passport-sized photo on the Resume can be useful too, helping an employer to keep track of candidates.
So get your paper and pen at the ready, or start tapping away on the keyboard if that’s your style, and start the ball rolling. With a bit of good planning you won’t need so much good luck!