WHAT TYPE OF RESUME SHOULD I USE?
There are two basic types of resumes, chronological and functional. The chronological takes your career, starting with most recent employment, and gives the reader a time-based look at your experience and educational background. It’s easy to follow and can be very effective in demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility and achievement. Today, most resumes are developed using the chronological format.
The main alternative format is called a functional resume. The functional style tends to emphasize skills and accomplishments at the beginning of the resume. It is most effective when you are trying to switch industries or completely change the type of work you are doing. You should know, however, that the functional resume is not always popular with Human Resource professionals, who tend to suspect the candidate could be trying to hide something (like age) by using that presentation style.
OK, so which resume style should I use? In most cases, the chronological is a good choice and is universally accepted by employers. If you’re making a major career change, consider the functional format. But in either case, you have to be comfortable with how you tell your story, so if you are still unsure, create your resume using both styles and pick the one you feel presents your accomplishments most effectively. Because when we cut to the chase, what employers are looking for are problem solvers, professionals that can help their business succeed. And your resume needs to show them that you can deliver just those kind of results.
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