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RESUME WRITING

Creating a Resume

Types of Resumes

Formatting Essentials

Action Verbs

Top 10 Things to Avoid

References


Types of Resumes

Chronological

Combination

Functional


Chronological Resume

The chronological resume is the more traditional structure for a resume. The Experience section is the focus of the resume; each job (or the last several jobs) is described in some detail and there is no major section of skills or accomplishments at the beginning of the resume. This structure is primarily used when you are staying in the same profession, in the same type of work, particularly in very conservative fields. It is also used in certain fields such as law and academia. It is recommended that the chronological resume always have an objective or summary, to focus the reader.

The advantages: May appeal to older more traditional readers and be best in very conservative fields. Makes it easier to understand what you did in what job. May help the name of the employer stand out more, if this is impressive. The disadvantage is that it is much more difficult to highlight what you do best. This format is rarely appropriate for someone making a career change.

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Name
Street, City, Province  Postal Code
Phone Number   Email

 

JOB OBJECTIVE (if including)

Very concisely state what job you would like next.

SUMMARY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

COMPANY NAME, City, Province, 20xx-present
Job Title

COMPANY NAME, City, Province, 20xx-present
Job Title

COMPANY NAME, City, Province, 19xx-present
Job Title

EDUCATION

Degree, Major (if relevant) 20xx
School, City, Province

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Organization, Position Held, 20xx-present
Organization, Position Held, 20xx-xx

REFERENCES

Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
School Reference, School, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Community Service Reference, Organization, Position, Phone Number and/or email address

 


Combination Resume

A combined resume includes elements of both the chronological and functional formats. It may be a shorter chronology of job descriptions preceded by a short "Skills and Accomplishments" section (or with a longer Summary including a skills list or a list of "qualifications"); or, it may be a standard functional resume with the accomplishments under headings of different jobs held.

There are obvious advantages to this combined approach. It maximizes the advantages of both kinds of resumes, avoiding potential "turn-off" of either type. One disadvantage is that they tend to be longer resumes. Another is that they can tend to be repetitious — accomplishments and skills may have to be repeated in both the "functional" section and the "chronological" job descriptions.

http://www.cyber-north.com/resume/

Name
Street, City, Province  Postal Code
Phone Number   Email

 

JOB OBJECTIVE (if including)

Very concisely state what job you would like next.

SUMMARY

SKILLS

KEY SKILL

KEY SKILL

WORK HIGHLIGHTS

EXPERIENCE

20xx-present       COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                              Job Title

                              Briefly describe duties and responsibilities

 

19xx-xx               COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                             Job Title

                             Briefly describe duties and responsibilities

 

19xx-xx               COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                             Job Title

                             Briefly describe duties and responsibilities

EDUCATION

Degree, Major (if relevant) 20xx
School, City, Province

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Organization, Position Held, 20xx-present
Organization, Position Held, 20xx-xx

REFERENCES

Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
School Reference, School, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Community Service Reference, Organization, Position, Phone Number and/or email address

 


Functional Resume

The functional resume highlights your major skills and accomplishments from the very beginning. It helps the reader see clearly what you can do for them, rather than having to read through the job descriptions to find out. It helps target the resume into a new direction or field, by lifting up from all past jobs the key skills and qualifications to help prove you will be successful in this new direction or field. Actual company names and positions are in a subordinate position, with no description under each. There are many different types of formats for functional resumes. The functional resume is a must for career changers, but is very appropriate for generalists, for those with spotty or divergent careers, for those with a wide range of skills in their given profession, for students, for military officers, for returning homemakers, and for those who want to make slight shifts in their career direction.

Advantages: It will help you most in reaching for a new goal or direction. It is a very effective type of resume, and is highly recommended. The disadvantages are that it is hard to know what the client did in which job, which may be a negative to some conservative interviewers.

http://www.cyber-north.com/resume/

Name
Street, City, Province  Postal Code
Phone Number   Email

 

JOB OBJECTIVE (if including)

Very concisely state what job you would like next.

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

KEY SKILL

KEY SKILL

WORK HISTORY

20xx-present           COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                              Job Title

19xx-xx                  COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                              Job Title

19xx-xx                  COMPANY NAME, City, Province
                              Job Title

 

EDUCATION

Degree, Major (if relevant) 20xx
School, City, Province

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Organization, Position Held, 20xx-present
Organization, Position Held, 20xx-xx
 

REFERENCES

Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Work Reference, Company, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
School Reference, School, Position, Phone Number and/or email address
Community Service Reference, Organization, Position, Phone Number and/or email address