Three Types of Resumes
Chronological: The focus of this format is to list your work experience in reverse order. The drawback is that gaps in your employment history will stand out. Only use this layout if you have solid and continuous employment.
Combination: This resume lists your skills and your work history. This is the ideal format because it is the most flattering to the candidate.
Functional: Highlights your abilities and focuses less on your work experience. People that have little recent job experience should use this type.
What Employers Like to See
Potential hiring managers might have to sort through hundreds of resumes. Therefore, you should design yours so that the reader can quickly pick up your best points. Here are some tips:
What to Leave Out
While your personal details might be important to you, they are not relevant to an employer and can be detrimental to your application.
Don’t list personal hobbies, references, salary requirements, past salaries, reasons for leaving jobs, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, number of children, or your photo!
Words to Describe Your Past Duties (Pick some of these words to begin your sentences. You will find that you did more than you thought at your prior positions):
Achieved, administered, advised, analyzed, assembled, assisted, attained
Calculated, captured, chaired, choreographed, changed, clarified, collaborated, compiled, communicated, completed, conducted, constructed, controlled, coordinated, copied, corrected, created
Defined, delegated, demonstrated, designed, developed, directed, distributed, drafted
Edited, educated, enabled, established, evaluated, examined, executed, expanded, explained
Facilitated, focused, founded
Handled, helped, hired
Identified, implemented, improved, increased, influenced, informed, initiated, inspired, interviewed
Launched, led, lobbied
Maintained, managed, marketed, maximized, modified, monitored, motivated
Obtained, organized, originated
Persuaded, prepared, presented, preserved, procured, proposed, publicized
Recommended, recorded, recruited, reduced, restored, restructured, revised
Saved, served, scheduled, sold, solved, strengthened, stimulated, supervised
Taught, trained, translated
An Example Resume
Amy T. Worker
100 West Road
Town, NY 11902 Objective: Office Manager
12 Years proven track record in office management
Skilled in analyzing situations and resolving problems
Creative with budgeting and cost saving procedures
Speak and read English, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Achieved numerous rewards for outstanding performance
Office Manager 2007 – present
ABC Widget Company, Westchester, NY
As an office manager of a 50 person office, I coordinated all aspects of daily operations for clerical and paraprofessional personnel. I analyzed and organized procedures and flow of work for typing, bookkeeping, payroll, flow of correspondence, and requisition of supplies. I established uniform procedures and maintained and enforced a budget.
Assistant Office Manager 2002 – 2007
LBH Manufacturing, Jupitor, NY
I was responsible for clerical employees in a multi-lingual, international manufacturing company. I formulated procedures for systematic retention of records, with separate files in English, Spanish and French. Initiated cost reduction programs to reduce waste for a savings of over $25,000. Prepared employee ratings and assisted in employee benefit and insurance programs.
B.S. – Business Administration
Hofstra University, 2000
Over 30 graduate hours in Business Administration with courses in Finance; Employee Benefits; Motivation; Accounting; Management
I have conversational competence in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
Final Resume Tips
Your resume format will and should be different depending on your circumstance. You may be changing careers, an older worker, a homemaker, a recent high school or college graduate, or a laid off worker. In each case, you want to highlight your assets and downplay your weaknesses. A student might talk about his work related experience or internships instead of his work history. An older worker should probably leave off the year of graduating college but include recent continuing education credits. If you don’t have experience in a particular field, you can list your relevant capabilities and achievements instead. If you don’t have recent work history, try highlighting your school courses, accomplishments, volunteer work and personal attributes.
Writing a good resume can be intimidating. Just remember that the people that will be reading it are just people. Whether you are bringing years of work history or rather years of life experience, you still have a lot to offer a company. If you are confident in what you have to contribute, others will be to.