If there’s one thing that will determine if you get hired or not, it’s your resume format. This is because a well-formatted resume is a good sign of your professional expertise and shows employers that you are serious about pursuing a career in their industry. So it’s important to get it just right. This means knowing what to put in your resume, where to put it, and how to use it to your advantage.
In that first article I went over how to construct a basic resume format, but today I’ll focus specifically on how to choose which one works best for you in terms of the overall design of the document and how to make sure it all looks good on the paper. As in my last post, this one assumes that you are new to the job market and therefore have no connections to any companies you can think of. In this case you need to make sure the font is simple and easily readable. You don’t want it to be too fancy; employers will pick up on this. You should also make sure the background color matches the font. Having a good balance between black and white is also a good idea.
There are four major resume formats that are recommended. They are chronological, functional, personal, and targeted. Using these in your resume format will help you show employers your ability to organize information and prioritize tasks, as well as show them how you present yourself on a personal level. It gives the hiring manager a clear picture of how you see and handle work related issues.
The chronological resume format is perfect for showing your work experience and education. It lists your highest education first, then your work experience, any certifications you have earned, and finally your work history. List everything in chronological order, from highest to lowest. You can use this format with other information as well, to provide an overall overview of your career. This might be a good choice when gaps in employment are large or gaps in work experience are long. Gap in education might not be considered, but a lack of any kind of work experience won’t be.
The functional resume format is similar to what is used for informational documents. It’s designed to match a specific job to a specific skill set. It lists your skills, jobs, and positions that are related to your work experience and education. For example, if you’re a recent graduate of college with a degree in communications, a functional resume might list your skills in this area.
The personal resume format is very similar to functional resume formats; however, it focuses more on your personality. This means that you focus on your skills, achievements, and life experiences that make you uniquely qualified to do the job. It makes making sure you have the right resume format important!
In addition to these three basic formats, there are also several others that you can use to create a well-designed resume. Some of the other resume formats include the chronological, functional, and reverse-chronological resume formats. With the chronological resume format, you list your chronological years of experience from the current employers, while the reverse chronological resume format lists your chronological years of education from the previous employers. While the chronological resume formats offer clear formatting, they can be difficult to read.
In the reverse-chronological order, the chronological resume format usually includes a column for your educational background information. This can be hard to read if you have a lot of work experience listed. The reverse-chronological order also doesn’t allow you to list your work experience as a candidate. Usually, this works best with recent graduates. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t list work experience at all – employers like to see a mix of education and work experience, so they’ll forgive mistakes in the format a bit – but make sure you clearly indicate which years of school you graduated in.