How to Pick a Resume Format
A resume format helps to organize and accentuate important information.
Here are some tips on how to select the best resume format for your work history, which includes choosing a chronological, functional, combination or targeted resume format. Grab an employer’s attention by presenting information in an organised way that best showcases your qualifications for the job and draws them away from any weaknesses in your background.
- Any gaps in your work history greater than 6 months can be covered up by using a functional format for your resume. Give emphasis to a single section titled “highlights of qualifications” and include the skills that qualify you for the job. Place your employment history at the bottom of your resume and include names of your prior employers, job titles and dates of employment.
- For career changes, homemakers re-entering the workforce, or fresh graduates, pick a functional format. Draw employers’ attention to your skills and education that qualify you for the job. Use less space on your resume for your employment history.
- Consider if you have the necessary experience directly related to the job you are applying for. Choose a chronological format, if you meet the pre-requisites required and draw attention to your strengths using a chronological resume.
- Choose a combination format for your resume if you have both good work history and at least some relevant experience. You should feature skills and education at the top of your resume and indicate past job positions you have held under the “employment history” section.
To create an effective resume, tailor it to the job position you are applying for. Consider if a different resume format will help you qualify for each job.