Resume & Career Advice

September 13, 2010

Resume Formats: Choosing the Right Style for your Specific Job Credentials

Selecting the Right Resume Format

Does your resume format complement your career strengths?

A resume is an important marketing tool. It is the first glimpse of your potential employer about how qualified you are to be given the job you are applying for. So out of the hundred resumes an employer checks every day, yours must stand out. Your resume must highlight your accomplishments, skills and experience related to the job you are applying for.

If you are a fresh graduate and lacks related experiences for the job vacancy, don’t fret. You can make use of a resume that highlights your educational background and trainings you underwent while still in the university. This type of resume indicates the schools you have attended, the date you graduated, earned or pursued degree, and most importantly, your GPA. Emphasize on the courses you have taken or major in that makes you qualified for the job. Indicate the strongest and the most pertinent information on the top of your resume. You can also indicate the languages you are proficient with, certificates or licenses, computer or software programs you are good at and on-the-job trainings you have attended. Did you also attend any organization in your school, or joined any voluntary work? Include this information on your resume, so that your employer would know that you are responsible and trustworthy person.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of working experiences or other job-relevant information, you would want to make use of a resume that highlights these experiences. You can jot down your related work experiences from previous to the most recent. Include work, volunteer positions, appointments, assistantships, internships and any other activities applicable to the job you’re applying for. However, do not include everything. Note which of the work-related experiences are relevant to your goals and what is required from the ad and qualifications. You can pick one work experience and write a short description of your key responsibilities and accomplishments in the job. Always organize your content according to the most important and make use of verbs and professional words and correlate job-specific terms.

Remember, your resume is the first glimpse of the employer regarding your potential for the job vacancy. Make sure it stands out by making use of formats applicable to your experiences and skills.

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