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TYPES OF RESUMES
There are two kinds of resumes.
The way you arrange your resume depends on how well your
experience seems to prepare you for the position you want. Basically,
you can either describe your most recent job first and work backwards
(reverse chronology) or group similar skills together. No matter which
format you use, the following advice applies generally.
||Use specifics. A vague description of your
duties will make only a vague impression.
||Identify accomplishments. If you headed a
project, improved productivity, reduced costs, increased membership,
or achieved some other goal, say so.
||Type your resume, using a standard typeface.
(Printed resumes are becoming more common, but employers do not
indicate a preference for them.)
||Keep the length down to two pages at the most.
||Remember your mother's advice not to say
anything if you cannot say something nice. Leave all embarrassing or
negative information off the resume--but be ready to deal with it in a
positive fashion at the interview.
||Proofread the master copy carefully.
||Have someone else proofread the master copy
||Have a third person proofread the master copy
||Use the best quality photocopying machine and
good white or off-white paper.
A reverse chronological
resume is the easiest method to use.
It is also the least effective because it makes when you did something
more important than what you can do. It is an especially poor format if
you have gaps in your work history, if the job you seek is very
different from the job you currently hold, or if you are just entering
the job market. About the only time you would want to use such a resume
is when you have progressed up a clearly defined career ladder and want
to move up a rung.
Resumes that are not chronological may be called
functional, analytical, skill oriented, creative, or some other name.
The differences are less important than the similarity, which is that
all stress what you can do. The advantage to a potential employer--and,
therefore, to your job campaign--should be obvious. The employer can see
immediately how you will fit the job. This format also has advantages
for many job hunters because it camouflages gaps in paid employment and
avoids giving prominence to irrelevant jobs.
You begin writing a functional resume by
determining the skills the employer is looking for. Study the job
description for this information. Next, review your experience and
education to see when you demonstrated the ability sought. Then prepare
the resume itself, putting first the information that relates most
obviously to the job. The result will be a resume with headings such as
"Engineering," "Computer Languages," "Communications Skills," or "Design
Experience." These headings will have much more impact than the dates
that you would use on a chronological resume.