Resume Tips

Why Do I Need a Resume, and How Do I Start to Write One?

It’s the first meeting between you and a prospective employer–do you want to be remembered as…

  • Wrinkled and unorganized?
  • Neat and structured?
  • Long and boring?
  • Precise and interesting?

Your Resume is the first impression an employer has about you and you want to make a good first impression!

Resumes Tell the Employer a Great Deal about You

A Resume’s purpose is to land you an interview. Resumes tell where you have been, where you are now, and where you are headed. It is a brief summary of your education, skills, credentials and work experience. Never falsify information, but emphasize the good and de-emphasize the bad.

The Different Types of Resumes

1. The Chronological Resume

The chronological resume is the most common. It is a chronological listing of your jobs and experience with most recent mentioned first. It’s best for…

  • People who have practical work experience without long periods of unemployment or substantial job changes.
  • People who have demonstrated growth in a single profession.

2. The Functional Resume

The functional resume focuses on your skills and accomplishments. It highlights what they are, not when you developed them. It’s best for people…

  • With lots of job experience through many jobs.
  • Just entering the work force with no track record.
  • Returning to work after a long absence.
  • Changing careers and want to highlight their skills and credentials.
  • Closer to retirement than they are to entering the workplace.
  • Military personnel who are seeking civilian jobs.

3. The Combination Resume

It’s best for…

  • People who are advancing in their prospective careers and have established track records they want to keep.

Resume Writing Tips

This Resume Blue Print gives a good view of the content, formatting and style of how a resume could look.

  • Do not include the following:
  • A Resume Title–your resume should be organized in such a way that it is obviously a resume.
  • Availability–it is apparent that you are available; you are looking for work. The lifespan of your resume is decreased, as is your efficiency, if you do not get a job before a specified date on your resume.
  • Salary–if your request is too high, you will be eliminated immediately. If it’s too low, an employer may still cast aside your resume, or worse–they may pay you what you asked, which could be thousands less than you are worth.
  • Mention of Age, Race, Religion, Sex, or National Origin–it’s just not good business sense. Discrimination continues to exist, even in this day and age.
  • Photographs–pictures are unnecessary, unless you are seeking a modeling or acting career; then, a portfolio is recommended.
  • Charts and Graphs–nobody’s resume should have so much void space that you feel the need to fill it with a chart or graph. If it does, fix it. You can do better.
  • Weaknesses–it is counter-productive to describe your weaknesses on your resume. The purpose of your resume is to accentuate the positives.
  • Reason for Leaving a Previous Position–this is inappropriate for your resume. If the employer wants to know, he or she will ask you during your interview.
  • References–do not list references on your resume, because it is unprofessional. State instead prepare a list of references on a separate sheet of paper and supply them upon request

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