Sunday, October 21, 2007

Resume format tips

A good resume that presents your information in the correct format is your most important job searching tool.

If you are job hunting, you know that one of the most important tools at your disposal is your resume. If you’ve been working at the same job for a long time, you may not have needed to put together a resume for many years. However, the job market is volatile these days and your situation could change quickly. Or you may simply wish to look for a better job. Whatever your situation, you’ll benefit from thinking about how to best present yourself in a resume. One of the first questions you’re likely to ask yourself is what format should I use?

There are two main types of resume format. The first is a chronological format, and the second is a skills format.

The chronological format presents your work history in chronological order, usually from the most recent job backward. This is a good format to use if you have a solid employment history with a steady career development curve. In this format you can demonstrate your dependability and professional growth.

If you are just out of school or returning to the workforce, or if you have holes in your work history, you may choose to use a skills format for your resume.

In the skills format, you target the skills you offer, using your work history to support these skills rather than as the core of the resume. This format will enable you to list time spent performing the various skills described without listing the exact dates you worked the jobs. Remember too that you can include volunteer or other unpaid experience in skills you list in your resume.

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