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Resume Content

Now that you have completed the exercises and have a good idea of your next career move, the logical step in the job search process is writing a resume.  In the majority of cases, resumes are the only documents a potential employer receives in determining whether or not to offer you  an interview.  

The content of a resume includes only that information that an employer needs to know about you to make a hiring decision.  The essential components of a resume are:  

Contact Information

Name

Address

Phone Number (include message number if you do not have an answering machine)

Email address (only include this if you check your email on a regular basis)

Summary Statement/Qualifications

Key knowledge areas i.e. industries, functions, regions

Highlight of relevant technical/specialized skills (marketing, strategic planning, advertising, etc.)

Complementary proficiencies (language study, computer skills, special interests as they relate to the position you are applying for)

Personal traits (i.e. teamwork, flexibility as they relate to the position you are applying for)

Employment History (Chronological or Functional format)

List your positions in reverse order (most recent first)

Highlight key accomplishments (cost savings, improved efficiencies, and special interests.  Remember your Accomplishment Statements)

Minimize “lack of experience” indicators such as…..

Chronological Resumes

A chronological resume presents your work experience within the time frames you spent in each job.  This is the most traditional and a good choice for individuals with steady and increasing responsible work experience and for job hunters whose recent employment is relevant to the job for which they are applying now.  Refer to the chronological resumes at the end of this section.

Functional Resumes

Functional resumes are really a combination of functional and chronological.  This combination style provides for a skills section, allowing you to group similar skills and accomplishments from throughout your paid and unpaid work history.  

Although many employers prefer the more traditional chronological resume, it is not always the best style for those whose career paths have been somewhat erratic, for those looking to change careers, or for those whose recent work does not support their career interests.  A functional resume focuses on what you have done rather than where you have been. Job titles, names of organizations and dates are not listed in the skills section, so volunteer jobs and gaps in employment can not be identified as easy as with the chronological style.  Examples of this style can be found at the end of this section.

Education

College/university degree- list degrees in reverse chronological order with the highest degree first.

Certification courses

Specialized training

Other Relevant information (only as it relates to the position)

Organizational affiliations

Professional Memberships

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