What is a resume?
A selected summary of significant facts about you
Presents only work related and educational experience
Summarizes job relevant experiences so that potential employers can quickly see why you are the right person for the job
What do resumes do ?
Get INTERVIEWS, not jobs
Save employers time and trouble of meeting everyone who is interested in working for them
Address the kinds of questions that employers typically ask without meeting face-to-face such as:
a.can this person do the job?
b.Can this person make a contribution beyond just “doing the job”?
c.Is this person qualified?
d.What kind of person is this person?
Three types of resumes
Chronological resumes are the most common and they provide dates of employment listed by year. This format is typically used when:
a.The path of your work history looks good on paper
b.Positions you’ve held and your professional growth need to be highlighted
c.There are no long unemployment stretches
Functional resumes allow you to focus the reader on your list of skills and achievements while de-emphasizing job titles, places and times these skills were acquired. This format is particularly effective for applicants who are:
a.Looking to switch careers
b.Reentering the workforce
c.Have past employment gaps
d.Recent college graduates
Hybrid resumes are a combination of the chronological and functional resumes.