Resume Format

Different kinds of Format to Make a Acceptable Resume

Good resumes arouse interest, focus interviews, and serve as a reminder of your background. They can be effective marketing tools when dealing with potential employers and network contacts.The main purpose of your resume is to draw attention to how you can be of value to the employer.Here three most common resume templates and how they can best serve your prospect

  • Chronological Resume

    The chronological resume is a straightforward list of positions arranged in reverse-chronological order. It is best used to document a work history that involves positions of increasing responsibility and is the most common type of resume. It is especially good for beginning job seekers with little related experience but solid work history. The prospective employer can size up your background rapidly with this format; however, gaps in your work history will stand out. The chronological style is a good choice unless you have employment gaps, are changing fields, or are returning to a field after an extended absence.

Advantages: Employers are most familiar with this format, and often prefer to see experiences listed with skills used and dates performed.

Disadvantages: This format displays any gaps in employment. The Functional resume may be a better choice for career changes or job applicants who have inconsistent work histories.

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  • Functional Resume

    The functional resume draws attention to your areas of expertise by listing them clearly, drawing on both paid and unpaid experience to describe your skills. Functional resumes are useful if you want to camouflage gaps in your work history or irrelevant past experience. They work well if you have a lot of experience in your target job field. Employers tend to be suspicious of strictly functional resumes, however, since they're sometimes used to hide a spotty work history, so use them with discretion. They are most useful when pursuing a career change.

Advantages: This format allows you to highlight related and transferable skills, to emphasize professional growth and minimize unrelated experience, as well as to camouflage employment gaps.

Disadvantages:Some employers will be suspicious of skills listed separately from positions. In addition, when you want to highlight employers that you have worked for that have been highly prestigious; this format is not very useful.

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  • Combination Resume

    A combination resume uses the best aspects of the functional and chronological styles. It describes your functional skills and includes a chronological summary of your work history. In this respect, it's more flexible than either of the other two options; however, its form can appear cluttered or disorganized if you have a lot of information. If you choose this type of resume, try to make it streamlined.

Advantages: Hybrid resumes allow you to highlight unique skills and capabilities that would be of interest to an employer, while also clearly stating company names, job titles, and dates.

Disadvantages:Unless a hybrid resume is succinctly written, it can be lengthy and difficult to read. This format is also not useful if you are looking for a position in a highly traditional field or if your skill base is weak or outdated.

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