Choosing the Right Format
Just like different formats and editing platforms in the newsroom,
also have different formats and editing techniques. If you
experience and qualities, but format them incorrectly on
your résumé, you
may spend more time job-hunting than originally anticipated.
Years ago there was only one format for a résumé:
the chronological format.
Back then, people worked for the same company for 30 years
A chronological résumé worked well for job
seekers of that era. However,
the job market has definitely changed since then. Moms are
work, students are going to school later in life, and there
variances in work history to deal with. Therefore, it's important
a format that will showcase your skills and work history
in the most
favorable light, and downplay any gaps or problems.
Here are a few different résumé formats to consider:
The Chronological Format is best used when you've worked
employers or if you plan to stay in the same occupation.
It also serves
well when your job history shows real growth and development
and when prior
job titles are impressive. Chronological Résumés
work best in traditional
fields, such as education and government jobs.
The Chronological Format is not advantageous when changing
you have changed employers too frequently, or your work history
is spotty. It
also doesn't work well if you've been doing the same thing
for too long, or
you are re-entering the job market after a long absence.
The Functional format works best when you're entering the
job market for
the first time, or you want to emphasize strengths and skills
that were not
used in recent work experience. It also works well to tie
in unpaid activities
that you enjoy.
The Functional format is not recommended when you want to
management growth pattern or in highly traditional fields
such as teaching,
preaching or politics.
3. Executive Accomplishment
The Executive Accomplishment format works well for managers
who are seeking
their next challenge. Use it if you've been laid off from
position, or you've been out of work for longer than a few
4. Creative Alternative
The Creative Alternative Format throws out all the rules.
design is used to show future employers your creative and
It should only be used in areas where this kind of creativity
is related to
the job target. When done with great skill, it can be very
effective. It does
not work well if you are applying for a job through personnel,
you are not
sure of your creative ability, or you are seeking a management
The Electronic or ASCII résumé is designed
to be specifically scanned by
computer. It is usually posted online, or pasted into an
email when you
apply for a job with a specific company. The electronic résumé
keywords that employers search for on their computer. It
does not utilize
fancy typeface, italics, columns, borders or shading. It's
not designed to
be an attractive document.
6. Web Folio
Web Developers and Graphic Artists are utilizing the latest
format to hit
the market. By having a specific website showcasing accomplishments,
samples, and history, job seekers can now email a link of
their site to
Decision Makers without having to send tapes, résumés,
and references. The
advantages are cost savings and innovation. The one thing
to keep in mind is
that not all browsers see websites the same. Your project
must be flawless
and seamless in order to make a great impression.
Most veteran journalist who plan to stay in the business,
will use a
chronological format. New graduates or career changers will
want to utilize
the functional format. As we become more computer savvy,
web folios may
someday replace traditional résumés. Befriend
a Web Developer now!
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