There are four basic styles of resumes -- and what will work best for you may depend on your circumstances and history.
We label these resume styles as:
1. Chronological – which works well if you have a solid work history with no employment gaps.
2. Functional – which is a style that is often used if your work history has some gaps where you weren’t employed.
3. Targeted – which is a resume style that focuses on what the employer wants in an employee.
4. Guerrilla – which is a targeted resume that breaks most of the rules. It may be an excellent option for a professional person who is searching for a new job.
If your situation is such that you have a solid work history without any employment gaps, you may want to use a chronological resume. But for most of us, that just isn’t the case especially in today’s economy.
For many job seekers -- that leaves a functional resume as an option. However, job finding experts caution against using a functional resume because it is a red flag that recruiters often see as a deal breaker. It signals there have been some things in your past that you are covering up.
So, I’d like to suggest you develop either a targeted resume or a “guerrilla” resume …
And, for the next several days, I will cover how you can put together a targeted resume that will help you in your job search.
But first, I need to explain a few things.
With a targeted resume, your resume will focus on your skills and experiences – not so much on your chronological work history.
With a targeted resume, you will not create just one resume – instead, you will develop a basic resume that can be adapted to each job. You will have a resume for each job you want.
With a targeted resume, you will be attempting to show that you are a good match for the position being advertised.
An outline for a targeted resume:
1. Contact Information
2. Objective Statement
3. Skills and Experience
4. Work History
5. Education and Training
6. Additional Honors, Awards and Activities
Come back tomorrow and we’ll break it down.