Writing your resume is both art and a science. We usually learn how to write our first resume in high school. When we enter the workforce and its complex market and severe competition, we often try to find ways to make our resumes stand out. Before talking about how to make a resume stand out, let’s first take a look at different types of resumes:
1) Chronological Resume
For this type of resume, the structure follows a sequential order in listing your current and previous jobs. You start with your present, or most recent, position and continue with previous positions, stopping at the last job you choose to include on your resume. Under each position, you list your primary tasks, accomplishments and skills used or acquired throughout the employment period. This type of resume also includes a section for education, interests, and other achievements. It sometimes has a section for technical skills as well.
John Smith, from Jobs In GTA, explains that this type of resume is the preferred style for most recruiters, as it allows them to get a clear idea about your career path and the advancements you have achieved.
2) Functional Resume
Functional resumes list skills in a more detailed way, shifting the focus from job titles to skills and qualifications. This type of resume does not elaborate in depth on each former job position. Instead, it highlight specific skills and areas of expertise that are directly related to the job to which you are applying. A functional resume lists skills and qualification, and under each item, includes specific examples or situations where the skill or expertise was used.
3) Combination Resume
The combination resume is a hybrid of the chronological and functional resume. It includes a well-written section dedicated solely to your skills, abilities and talents, as well as the chronological work history section. Depending on the information you would like to emphasize, you can add more information under each position, or only add the necessary information such as start and end dates, job title and company name.
4) Make Your Resume Stand Out
The type of resume you choose depends on many factors, such as work history, whether you are making a career shift or changing location, and what information you would like to highlight. Here are some tips to help you craft the best resume:
- Use a chronological resume if you have a stable and clear career path that shows your career advancement.
- Use a chronological resume if your last position is the same or similar to the position to which you are applying. This highlights to the hiring employer that you will not need much on-the-job training.
- A chronological resume that shows your promotions within a company will reflect your loyalty and your increasing mastery. This is especialy true if your career history does not include many gaps.
- Use a functional resume when there are keywords or critical qualifications and skill-sets for the job description that you want to emphasize.
- If you are a fresh graduate and you do not have much of a work history to highlight, a functional resume will be your best option. You can highlight the skills and talents you have without drawing attention to your limited work experience.
- A functional resume is also preferable to customize the resume to different jobs, especially when you have a diversified employment background.
- If you are changing careers, a functional resume will enable you to highlight related skills and qualifications to the new career path.
- A combination resume will help you highlight your career path, mainly if you worked for well-known employers, as well as your skills. However, if you are using a combination resume, it should be sure to be concise and to the point.