Resume Writing Tips, Part 2

Today, let’s take a look at the chronological resume, which takes aim at a particular position/skill set.  This is the type of resume that you probably use now or have used in the past.  It’s used when applying for a job where your job history matches the target and shows a sensible progression of career steps.

Although employers never hire resumes (they hire people) a good resume, if constructed and used properly, can be a great tool to showcase your relevant experience to the target market. And that is the goal of the chronological resume.  The resume is meant to grab the attention of the employer regarding your qualifications so they will call you for an interview.  Employers want to know what you did that yields results. Employers are always looking for what sets you apart from the stack of 40 other resumes sitting on their desk. Don’t try to be everything to everyone or you will find yourself editing your resume every two days!

So how do we grab the attention of the employer?  With a chronological resume.  If it’s focused on a particular position or industry and highlights your job experience in that position or industry, then it makes sense to use a chronological resume.  Following are a few resume writing tips for developing a chronological resume (tips 1-4 are in the previous post).

Resume Writing Tip #5 – Like the functional resume, a chronological resume also uses an objective.  Again, it should clearly state your purpose and target.   The objective should be about the value you can bring to the company, not your expectations about opportunities the company may be able to offer your career!

Resume Writing Tip #6 – Show qualifications that you can bring to the organization.  Communicate the knowledge, skills and abilities you can provide to perform the duties of the job.  Show how you can benefit the employer and be successful in this position.  Let the resume highlight your uniqueness.  Your combined assets, abilities, talents, experience and education are not like anyone else’s.

Resume Writing Tip #7 – A resume should not be an exaggeration of skills or an unorganized clump of job descriptions all printed on quality paper.  With new and improved ways to check background information, it’s important that only the facts are stated and no exaggerations.  A discovered exaggeration could mean losing the opportunity to move further in the recruiting process.

Resume Writing Tip #8 – In the overall look of the chronological resume, there are several general tips:

  • The resume should not show or state height, weight, whether you’re married or single, a smoker or non-smoker or willing to relocate.
  • Clean up any typing errors or grammatical errors. Find someone to proof read the resume.
  • The resume should be neat, clearly written and inviting to read.
  • The resume should be no more than two pages in length with the most important information on page one.
  • The resume should show the length of employment for each position.  Break it down to the actual month and year you started and left each position.

So to summarize resumes, they have two goals – to be a statement of purpose and proof that you are capable of accomplishing that purpose.  Networking will almost always outperform mass mailing.  Instead, take aim!  Make the right connections and stay focused on what you can do for the employer – not what they can do for you.

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