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Developing Resumes

Selecting a Resume Style
There are two styles -- the Chronological resume and the Skill-based Functional resume. Choose the style that suits you best.

The Chronological Resume

If you are...

(1) changing jobs within your industry,
(2) seeking upward mobility and more responsibility in a similar career path, or
(3) currently employed with a steady work history and no unexplainable gaps,

you may wish to use the chronological resume style. This style simply lists your employment history, beginning with the most recent position and working backward. This style will deal more with the content of your work -- that which will be familiar to the potential employer. You can insert accomplishments in this style if they are geared to the specific title you held.

This style contains the following information.

Identification. List your name, address and home telephone number. No abbreviations.

Background Summary. List general functions and responsibilities which you have performed during your career that support your employment objective.

Business Experience. List employers in chronological order, starting with the most recent. List dates of employment, as well as the name, city and state location of employer. Also list your title, a brief description of your general responsibilities, some specific key functions and three or four significant accomplishments that support your job objective. Give this information for each job you've held during the past 10-15 years that is directly relevant to your present job objective.

Education and Training. List degrees earned; dates are not critical. Also, list all courses taken that support your job objective. For jobs that do not require a college degree -- and if you don't have one -- leave this section out of your resume. If you've gone to college and are short of a degree, you may wish to indicate the number of years you have completed. List certifications that apply to your job objective.

Professional Associations (Optional).

Publications (Optional).

The Skill-Based Functional Resume

If you're...
1) making a career change,
2) have a short work history, or
3) wish to high- light particular results,

you can use the skill-based functional resume style. This style will allow you to stress skills that are transferable, and will keep the reader from getting too involved in the content of your responsibilities with previous employers. You can play-up your accomplishments and play-down your experience, or lack of it.

This style contains the following elements:

Identification. List your name, address, and telephone number at the top of the page. No abbreviations.

Employment Objectives or Professional Experience. State briefly and clearly.

Background Summary. List general responsibilities and job functions you've performed during your career that highlight your strengths and problem-solving

Significant Accomplishments. List five to ten significant accomplishments in your field of expertise. Be concise.

Business Experience. List dates of employment, titles held and companies. (Leave out details.)

Education and Training. List degrees, college or university, and courses taken that support your objective. List professional certifications.

Professional Associations (Optional).

Publications (Optional).

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