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Resume re-loaded - What you need to know about the different types of Resume writing

Creating a resume is one of the most important documents that you will ever have to write. A highly personal document is based on your unique characteristics and attributes and can be used to secure a job interview and the possibility of employment. When an employer takes a first look at your resume, they are really looking at the impression that you want to show to them. The job interview is the second opportunity to create a first impression, but if you don't create the right impression the first time, then you won't get the chance to improve on it when you get the all important face-to-face job interview.

Your resume is almost like an advertising and marketing campaign, and you'd do well to consider it as such. If you look at any of the great adverts that are out there on television or billboards, you don't find lots of sales information; you find that an advert will make you want to know more about the product, in other words, it piques your interest to a point that you want to know more. This is exactly what a well-written resume does.

The format

Creating a resume format is an important decision, and you should be aware that there are not hard and fast rules to resume formats these days. If it is your first time, or you are not able to get a professional resume done, then it is best to stick to a tried and trusted resume format.

Functional format:

This is one of the most popular types of resume format. It places all of your skills at the forefront and shows the prospective employer your greatest abilities. This format really shows the employers immediately what skills you have, how you have used them and most importantly what you have to offer any employer. You will have to categorize your skills into functions and discuss how you perform under each function. Start out by writing a function statement that gives a broad overview of what it is that you have to offer. This should be short and punchy and list the important key words that the employer is looking for. You should consider including your employment history for the benefit of the employer as it follows that it you are able to do the job, you must have had some experience in doing it.

Chronological format:

A more traditional resume format, where your employment history is listed for the reader in a reverse chronological order. That means you list the most recent job you have had first. You list the period of employment and then a brief job description of the duties that you had to perform. If you are using this resume format then you list all of the other details like education and skills training, after the work history. A chronological format can be useful if you would like to show a prospective employer how you have progressed through your career. However, if you have an employment history that has gaps in it, or too many job changes, then this is not the format to use.

Combo format:

A combination format can combine the best of both resume formats. Start by creating your functional format, wherein you list the job functions and your abilities and skills in short paragraph, then move on to the chronological resume format that lists the jobs you have worked in starting from the most recent first. You only need to list your previous employers because you will have discussed your experience and abilities in the functional section.

Whichever format you choose when you are creating a resume, you need to make sure that your resume, is concise and well written. Don't use long sentences and lengthy explanations. Keep it short and use words that best describe you and your abilities without becoming long-winded and too descriptive.