Monday, October 8, 2012

Resume Basics for Private or Government Resume, Part 3

Part 3: Choosing a Format

There are three basic formats that are found when writing a resume: a skills-based resume; a reverse chronological resume; and a combination resume. All three have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the job for which you are applying, you may choose one format or the other. It is good to try all three styles to see which one presents the most powerful image. Whatever style you choose, you will always need to include your work history.

Which Format Is Best for You?

Reverse ChronologicalSkills-basedCombination
What It IsBegin with your most recent position and work backwards, typically focusing on the last 10 to 15 years of experienceSummarizes your professional skills and minimizes your work historyUtilizes the best of the reverse chronological and skills-based styles
When to Use ItWhen seeking a position in the same field
Your career path has shown steady progress and increasing responsibilities
You can demonstrate measurable results from your work
You've held impressive job titles and/or have worked for big-name employers
Your work history has no gaps
You are changing careers and utilizing your transferable skills
You have been employed by the same company for a long time
You have held several jobs that are dissimilar OR very similar in nature
You are a new graduate with limited work history, but DO have relevant coursework or training
Your work history contains gaps in employment
Each position you have had involved a different job
You want to highlight internships or volunteer positions that are related to your field of interest
Significant skills are highlighted and supported by your employment history
CautionsCalls attention to employment gaps
Skills may be difficult to spot if they are buried in job descriptions
Employers are used to viewing reverse chronological resumes. Be clear about why this is the best format for you!
May be more difficult to write
Be sure your format supports your objective and is arranged in a logical, easy-to-follow manner

1 comment:

  1. Reverse chronological format is the best format for preparing a professional resume and it makes recruiters to scan easily.