The three main resume styles are:
This style of resume uses dates to document your tenure at each employer and lists previous employer name and location. Often, a description of the company's product and / or service is included. In addition, a candidate's title, responsibilities and job duties are listed in point form.
This style of resume details skills and abilities rather than current and past employment. Skill categories that are included on this type of resume include Business Experience, Organizational Ability, Leadership, Supervisory & Management, Project Management etc. This resume style is used if you have not found work in over one year, graduates, candidates who have worked in many different jobs for one year or less or candidates that have substantial employment gaps in their work history.
This style of resume is a compromise and gives a potential employer the work history data along with an Skills & Abilities profile that can offset periods of unemployment.
NECESSARY RESUME INFORMATION
Include the following on any type of resume style:
- Contact information including your name, full address, telephone number(s) including your cellphone and email address.
- If you are applying for a specific position, include the desired position on your cover letter. Do not put the position objective on your resume since you may forget to remove or replace it when you apply for a different position.
- On a chronological resume, list your duties and responsibilities for each position from most recent to prior but keep the resume to a maximum of three pages.
- Include beginning and ending month and year for each position.
- Include degrees, diplomas, licenses, certifications, seminars, training, courses and professional designations that apply to the position for which you have applied. Always specify if you have completed the course and if you received a degree, diploma etc.
- Avoid sending resumes with a small or elaborate typeface. Do not use borders, shading or information fields on resumes.
- Your References should be previous immediate supervisors or managers who were involved with you on a daily or at least weekly basis and who have consented to act as a reference. Always ask for a written reference when leaving a position on good terms. Three references are usually acceptable.
- Employers check references to verify resume information so be sure your resume is accurate. Include supervisor name, title, company name, telephone number including work extension and email.
- Always proofread your resume for spelling, layout, information and date errors. The resume represents YOU and any errors do not make you appear to be a candidate worth interviewing.
- Ensure you do not simply list your previous employers and no detail of duties and / or responsibilities.
- Never send your resume with a position that finished one or two years prior to the current date without explaining what you have been doing in the interim time period.
- Include keywords that are applicable to the vacant position. These keywords are used by search software designed to shortlist potential candidates.