BUT… before I start... The resume isn’t
the operative tool for getting looked at. Imagine how many resumes
the employer is seeing? What really gets you in the door is the
cover letter. Research the company you are applying for. Exhibit
passion for the job… discuss your qualifications in the
framework of what you learned about the company. Have someone
else check your grammar and spelling, as the cover letter and
resume speak volumes about how professional you are, and your
attention to detail. If you can establish your credibility in
the cover letter, close by mentioning some thoughts on what you
can do to improve something about the company’s products,
etc. A while back I had to write my resume, highlighting my skills
and business accomplishments. Since this was my first time to
write my resume I went straight to the Internet to research types
of resumes. I found three common types of resumes, Chronological,
Functional, and Combination of functional and chronological, now
the task at hand was which one to choose.
Chronological resume is almost always written
in reverse chronological order with most recent employment at
the top, listing strong achievements in recent positions.
Functional resume typically uses functional headings,
to highlight area of expertise or specific skills. Functional
resumes are mostly benefit someone making a career change, or
have employment gaps over a period of time, such as time off work
to have children, or someone who was in the military. Functional
resumes highlights areas of expertise and skills as opposed to
highlighting their employment.
Combination functional and chronological resumes
are the best of both worlds; this is the most common resume you
will see in the market place. Typically with the combination resume
you would begin with skills and accomplishments, then followed
by job titles listed in reverse chronological order. Combination
resumes is best for people who’s performed diverse range
of job functions. Anyone looking for quality employees wants to
know one thing, what can you do for the company.
In December I had placed an ad to replace our
administrative assistant. In all, our company had received over
300 resumes. For me, the combination resumes were straightforward,
easy to follow employment history, skills, and achievements, allowing
me to make quick decision to discard or arrange an interview.
Resumes are all about presentation, and making you look good.
Some employers conduct background and reference
checks while some do not. A recent article I read stated that
an estimated one third of all job seekers provide false or exaggerated
information on their resumes, one study indicates that men do
it more than women. I interviewed a promising applicant to replace
my assistant, the first interview went well, but there were some
things about her past employment that was not hitting true for
me, so I decided to have her back for a second interview. After
that, I went to the internet to do some checking, and found she
had blatantly lied during her interview; needless to say she was
A little resume sprucing is part of the process,
employers expect you to jazz up your resume to tailor it for their
job, but there’s a big difference between jazzing up and
When sending your resume include a cover letter
indicating how your background matches the job specifications.
When communicating electronically, use the header to your advantage,
reference the job number or position, resume attached achieves
nothing. Make your resume clear and easy to read, don’t
mix and match font sizes and styles. I tossed many resumes that
were hard to read due to font sizes and styles.