How To Choose The Right Resume Format

Written by Fayola Peters

After a thirty (30) second glance lots of resumes get thrown intorepparttar wastebasket. One ofrepparttar 125474 reasons this happens is becauserepparttar 125475 resume writer has failed to userepparttar 125476 appropriate resume format.

Each individual has different work experiences and objectives. You may have gaps in your work history. You may be changing careers or have had jobs progressively inrepparttar 125477 same field.

You need to choose a format that is to your advantage and shows you asrepparttar 125478 best candidate forrepparttar 125479 job.

Here arerepparttar 125480 two (2) main resume formats used. Decide which is best for you.

1. The Chronological Resume Format:

Objective Summary Experience Education References

The chronological resume format isrepparttar 125481 most popular format used by persons, especially those who write their own resume. However, it’s not for everyone.

This resume format is for you if;

you have constantly moved to better and better jobs; all your jobs have been inrepparttar 125482 same field (more or less); you have no significant periods of unemployment. Fromrepparttar 125483 information above, should your resume format be a chronological one? If your answer is yes then you’re good to go. If however your answer is no thenrepparttar 125484 following format is for you.

2. The Functional Resume Format:

Objective Accomplishments Capabilities Employment History Education References


Written by Michelle Johnston

Searching for a job onrepparttar Internet should theoretically take a lot less time than it used to take inrepparttar 125473 old days before email and websites.. Right?

So how come so many people still seem to spend so long working on their job search these days?

Perhaps because so few of them have really thought about how to make best use ofrepparttar 125474 resources at their fingertips! So here are a few secrets behind effective internet job searching that should enable you to do a little work, and then simply sit back and letrepparttar 125475 jobs find you!

Firstly, of course, you need to develop a totally exceptional resume! I highly recommend that you do not write it or format it yourself unless you have a great deal of expertise in this area – it is well worth investing in getting an expert to do it for you – on averagerepparttar 125476 cost will be less than $100 and when you think that it could boost your annual salary by $10 – 50,000, or even that it could simply bring in your next job much more quickly - meaning that you get one extra month’s salary – surelyrepparttar 125477 investment is well worth it!

I can highly recommend Kate Yandoh to writerepparttar 125478 content of your resume – it is amazing how her words can turn a pretty drab resume into one that shines atrepparttar 125479 top of a pile - and there are a number of very cheap services out there onrepparttar 125480 web that can format a resume for you, making it more presentable and effective.

Ensure that your resume contains a number of contact details enablingrepparttar 125481 potential recruiter to contact you via a number of means – by telephone duringrepparttar 125482 day, by telephone at night, by email, by fax, etc. Make sure that this contact information is prominently placed atrepparttar 125483 top of your resume.

Think aboutrepparttar 125484 keywords you use within your resume. For example,repparttar 125485 objective or title of your resume must matchrepparttar 125486 title thatrepparttar 125487 recruitment agent will later be searching for so try to ensure that you userepparttar 125488 exact terminology that it is likely thatrepparttar 125489 recruitment agent will use when looking for you. Typing “Project Mgr” in your resume title is not going to match many searches whereas typing “Project Manager” will probably match quite a few.

If a particular skill that you have is known by more than one name, use both names repeatedly within your resume – for example, “Visual Basic” and “VB” are two different keywords that recruiters often use to look for Visual Basic programming skills – to ensure that your resume is caught in both types of searches, use both terminologies within your resume.

Just like in search engine searches, a job search engine checksrepparttar 125490 number of times you mention a particular keyword within your resume, so if you have a key skill you should ensure you mention it as many times as possible within your resume – perhaps once for each job in which you used that skill, as well as once for a training course you went on where you learnedrepparttar 125491 skill, and again for a certification you have in that skill.

If you cannot afford to have your resume written and formatted professionally, atrepparttar 125492 very least, ensure that somewhere early on in your resume, there is a list of your top skills (4 or 5 skills usually) and how many years experience you have in each of those skills (or any certification you have in that skillset).

The next secret is to ensure you have your resume in Word format, but also in plain text format. This is crucial, because so many web sites ask you to paste your resume into a text box. Ifrepparttar 125493 resume does not look good in this format, is not easily legible, you will lose out immediately to another candidate whose resume is!

Loadrepparttar 125494 Word version of your exceptional resume up to a web site. If you do not already have your own web site, there are lots of web sites that offer free web space and make it very easy to load up a word document to that space (see or ) – so that it is available to anyone who wishes to access it at all times – and ensure that this copy at least is kept completely up to date.

Atrepparttar 125495 top of your resume in both formats, ensure that there is a link torepparttar 125496 copy on your web site that is always up to date, with a piece of text saying ‘To get a formatted version of this resume please go to’ This means that anyone who ever gets a copy of your resume can always go to your website to getrepparttar 125497 most up to date version, and means that you can get job offers a long time after you sent out your resume! It also means that anyone who receivesrepparttar 125498 text only version of your resume can easily get hold of a nice, presentable, formatted copy.

Next go torepparttar 125499 top job web sites and post your resume to those web sites. For most of them nowadays, you can simply load up your Word or text format resume andrepparttar 125500 site does much ofrepparttar 125501 rest ofrepparttar 125502 work for you, though for some you will have to type in a fair bit of additional information.

Concentrate your job search on 4 or 5 sites. Ensure that that concentrated effort is spent onrepparttar 125503 websites that are most likely to have a job ofrepparttar 125504 type you are looking for. Before signing up with a job web site do a search to find out how many jobs matchrepparttar 125505 broad criteria you are looking for – most offerrepparttar 125506 option of searching before you type in any identifying information or load up your resume. This can save a lot of effort that might otherwise be spent typing in lots of details to a site that never has jobs ofrepparttar 125507 type you are looking for. As a general rule,repparttar 125508 sites that getrepparttar 125509 highest numbers of jobs are a good place to start – two of your ‘chosen’ web sites should be of this type at least.

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