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Resume Assistance

The most important step in getting a job is getting in the door for an interview. A resume that stands out from others is the best thing one can do to get that opportunity.

Job placement still comes down to what a candidate has to offer (skills, experience, accomplishments), but presenting oneself in the best possible light is key. Unfortunately, many job seekers are not capable of composing a resume that adequately highlights their abilities. They usually have problems drawing out their strengths and matching them with what employers are looking for (i.e. organizational, teamwork, communication skills).

Because each job seeker will have a different professional and academic history, and thus require a resume that meets the needs of his/her situation, it is important to provide instruction in all three of the most common resume formats.

Chronological

  • Information is listed in reverse chronological order.
  • Format stresses the progression of where and how you developed your skills and education, and stresses your most recent experience listed.
  • It is most effective for people with steady work history and those seeking work in traditional or conservative fields.
  • It is least effective for people with spotty work history and those who have changed positions frequently.

Functional

  • Information is categorized by function or areas of expertise.
  • Format stresses skills and abilities regardless of where and how they were developed.
  • It is most effective for career changers and people with diverse, unrelated experience.
  • It is least effective for people with a lack of relevant work experience or whose accomplishments are unclear.

Combination

  • Information is listed by function and in reverse chronological order; a blend of the other two formats.
  • Format stresses both skills and abilities and where they were developed.
  • It is most effective for emphasizing skills not used recently and with frequent temporary employment.
  • It is least effective for people with a lack of relevant work experience or whose accomplishments are unclear.

Remember to also include instruction in developing a strong targeted cover letter to complement and frame the resume in a manner that makes it seem like the job description was written just for that candidate.

After working with job seekers in your community to restructure their resume – incorporating and illustrating viable skills and utilizing more professional jargon – the difference in the number of interviews offered should be notably significant.

For more information on resume development assistance, please visit:
http://www.rockportinstitute.com/resumes
http://www.resume-help.org/