The standard practice for applying for any job is submitting a resume that will entice an employer to call you in for an interview. See, the resume is like the first impression of who you are. Think of your resumes like your Facebook or tinder profile but for a job. Your profile must be appealing to gain friends or get a date. Therefore it’s essential to submit the right resume to entice the employer to consider you for the postion. If you were not aware, there are three types of resumes Chronological, Functional, and Combined.
- CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME: The Chronological Resume is the standard way to write a resume. The Chronological Resume is usually long, and it is best to submit if your work experience matches the job. Hiring managers tend to like this type of resume because it allows them to get a picture of you. The downside for you, however, is your resume may get discarded and not consider for the interview because the employer already knows if you a good fit or not.
- FUNCTIONAL RESUME: The Functional Resume is not the standard way to write a resume. However, a Functional Resume is useful if you know your work experience doesn’t match what the job entails. A Functional Resume is helpful if you have been a stay at home parent or a student with little or no work experience. If you have had little or no work experience, you can include volunteer work or memberships to local groups where you hold a title. With a Functional Resume, you can also leave out the work history altogether if you have none. Some employers don’t like this type of resume because they can’t tell without an interview if you are a good fit or not.
- COMBINATION RESUME: The Combination Resume is somewhat of a new way of writing a resume. A Combination Resume is a combination of a chronological and functional resume. The Combination Resume is useful if you have gaps in your employment because you get to highlight your skills first. The key is to highlight your expertise and make sure that it resembles the job description. Then you reinforce those skills with accomplishments that also resemble the job description. By the time the hiring managers view the job history and education, they are already into you based on the skills and achievements to give you an interview. Then it is up to you to ace the interview.
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