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Resumé
File or document containing information on the person's education, experience, and affiliation with organizations.
Format of Resume
Name and Contact Information; /Profile: Professional Summary; Employment History.
Profile: Professional Summary
Important details about the person. Gives the prospective employer and a glimpse of professional skills and accomplishments.
Chronological Resume Employment History Format
Employer and Job Title; Dates of Employment for each; Begins with most recent job and ends with first job.
Functional Resume Employment History Format
Focuses on skill areas; /Includes Employer Names without dates
Education History
Attended schools and when; degrees and certifications completed; Professional Development Activites—Workshops or Conferences attended;
Additional Skills and Information
Computer, technical, and related—Languages; Outside of professional career—voluntary or community work
Most common Resume format
Chronological
Chronological Resume
Work history is listed by job title beginning with the current or most recent job
Chronological Resume Best Suited For...
Steady employment history; position that matches or logically progresses from previous jobs; conventional position, such as an office clerk, accountant, or teacher.
Functional Resume
Less popular resume; highlights your skills without revealing the dates associated with your job history; minimizes specific job titles; emphasizing abilities and skills in functional skills category.
Functional Resume Best Suited For...
Employment history of many different jobs or possess very diverse skills; skills that relate to the position, but not a lot of previous work experience in the field; gaps in employment history, are a recent graduate, or are changing careers; mature worker who wants to de-emphasize your age
Combination Resume
Combines the functional and chronological formats; includes functional skill categories, but also lists the dates of previous employment
Combination Resume Best Suited For...
Obtained the required skills from seemingly unrelated industries or jobs; Are trying to change careers and want to emphasize transferable skills; Have had a steady work history.
Custom Resume For Job
Use the entire resume to highlight skills and expertise as they relate to the specific job
Exemplify Summary
Include specific examples in the body of your resume to reinforce statements as "a consistent top seller for your region."
Key Words
Recruiters often scan a resume in under 15 seconds. They are looking for key words that show you have the skills and knowledge required for the position.
Consision
Recruiters want to see your accomplishments, skills, and experiences in as few words as possible.Bullet points and very concise language can showcase your communication skills while highlighting your areas of expertise.
Past Accomplishments
Hiring managers want to compare your skills and abilities to the other candidates they are considering
White Space and Bullet Points
If the hiring manager is scanning to see if you meet the requirements but can't easily spot the information, you may get overlooked.
Ease of Reading
Using verb tense consistently; Varying word choice; Using bold and italics; Using a larger point font; Using a conservative font; Including adequate white space; Spell check.
Qualification
Don't submit your resume for a position for which you are not qualified; No. 1 pet peeve among HR professionals;
Lying
Including false, inaccurate, or misleading information brings your ethics into question and can be illegal
References
At least have reference information listed on a separate document that can be easily supplied if requested
Fonts
More than two fonts can make a document difficult to read; easy-to-read fonts, like Times New Roman or Tahoma.
Clip Art
Any style or formatting design should be minimal; design abilities on your resume may be more acceptable and appealing to a creative profession.
Pictures
Photo is not necessary unless specified by the position.
Personal or health-related information
Birth date, height/weight, health or marital status, religion, or affiliations in clubs that are not related to your career should not be included.
Salary information
...should be omitted unless specified.
Misspellings
Misspelling words, especially words about the position, make you appear careless and unreliable; proof reading and spell check.
Webpage portfolios
Great for showcasing your work, especially if you are in a technical or creative industry; beneficial for college graduates and entry-level job hunters
Blogs
They are a good alternative for those whose careers may not produce actual physical work samples to showcase.
Online professional profiles
Offer the advantages of highlighting your expertise, posting related links, and offering recommendations from colleagues all conveniently located in one spot; consider that the social interactive nature of profiles make it difficult to control all content on your page.
Online social media sites
Should only be linked if you use them for professional branding and networking and not for personal social interaction
Updated, professional, and polished site
Grammar; Appealing design and format; no inappropriate or person information
Photos
Advantage for potential employers but may make you vulnerable to discrimination based on your physical appearance