Resume Tutorial

Consider your resume your personal agent. It should represent you in the best possible light to a potential employer, promoting your skills, talents and experience. Successful resumes look polished, speak well, and tell the whole story in concise, articulate language. Every 'i' must be dotted and every 't' must be crossed-one typing error or misspelled word could cost you a job. You should proofread your resume carefully on a hard copy, and then pass it someone else to scrutinize before you fax, mail, drop off or e-mail it. No matter how qualified you may be for a job, if your resume is not perfectly presented, it may not make it to the list of "potential candidates."

Make sure to include all contact information, which these days may involve a variety of numbers including cell, phone and fax, and an e-mail address. Generally, this is placed at the top under your name.

Employers now expect resumes to be presented in one of three standard formats, which are described below. And, depending upon your needs, there are a few additional ways to enhance the style you have chosen, such as including a quote from a reference letter. More enhancement ideas are outlined below.

Resume formats
There are three basic styles of resumes that employers expect to receive: chronological, functional and combination. Each one is organized differently and each has its pros and cons. The following descriptions will help you decide which one is most likely to land you a job in your field.

Chronological
In this style, you list your last job first, showing work experience in reverse chronological order.

Who should use
This benefits those with much experience in a particular career.

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Combination
This style combines the skills and achievement section from the functional format with the employment history listing from the chronological format.

Who should use
This is a good format for almost anyone; however, re-entry people, recent graduates and career changers find it particularly useful. It must be well written and laid out, however, to keep an employer's attention.

Advantages Disadvantages

Functional
This style focuses on achievements.

Who should use
Job seekers with specific skill sets and re-entry people and recent grads may find this style effect. Advantages Disadvantages
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