A Great . . . RÉSUMÉ
The two most popular resume styles are:
2. Functional or Skills Set
CHRONOLOGICAL: This is the “old standard,” where you begin by
describing the responsibilities, accomplishments, and duties of your
most recent job, and then work back through your work history,
doing the same for each job.
Strengths – This is the type of resume employers are used to seeing.
It can be very effective, particularly if you are looking for a job similar
to your most recent job, or one that is the next logical step up.
FUNCTIONAL / SKILLS SET: This style is becoming more popular
for several reasons:
CONCISENESS – Because you describe your best and MOST
ELEVANT experience in subject-related groups, you don't need
to repeat descriptions as you might in a chronological resume
where you have done the same thing at different jobs. This
style will often enable you to keep your resume to one page.
Also, if the relevant experience you want to emphasize is back
a few years in your job history, you can bring it forward and talk
about it first - so it is less likely to get “buried.”
FOCUS – You choose the focus, making this style especially
useful to job seekers who want to change fields or emphasize
selected strengths / talents.
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