Resume Tips Overview
It is critical to carefully prepare a professional-looking resume that highlights your skills and qualifications to impress the employer and meet the goal of being selected for an interview.
There are basically three types of resumes: Chronological, Functional, and Combination.
- Chronological - most frequently used format-begins with most recent position and proceeding in reverse order
- Funtional - this type emphasizes skills and accomplishments before you list your actual employment experience. This format allows you to highlight talents and abilities that are directly related to the job opening
- Combination - combining the chronological and functional styles
If you have gaps in your work history, are changing careers or you have had many jobs, you may be tempted to organize your resume in a functional format. A word of caution, however, many prospective employers say they prefer chronological resumes. They are used to seeing them formatted by career growth and development without any gaps in work history. So a functional resume can throw up a red flag.
If you decide that a functional resume is best for you, address any potential problems head on by explaining briefly in your cover letter; why you have had gaps in your work history or had multiple jobs and why they may be a plus for the employer.
The PAR Approach
Many resume experts agree that a winning resume must be accomplishments based and not merely a job description. The PAR approach - Problem/Action/Result - examines the experiences from each job and finds those skills and accomplishments that may give real value to the employer.
Look at it like this:
- Problem or Situation - What did you face when you initially took the position or during your tenure there?
- Action - What did you do to address and overcome them?
- Result - What improvement was made? How can it be measured? What are the numbers?