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This is the traditional format of a resume. It gives clear and unambiguous information about   the job titles, the dates (beginning and end) and places of employment. Under each of the major job headings you can expand your accomplishments. You have to be careful that you maintaining the relevance these have to the job you apply for.

Submitting a resume in chronological format is appropriate, when some of the following is the case:

You are looking for a job in the industry, sector or field, you are presently working
You have a coherent and continuos work history without any unexplainable gaps.
Your current position or the recent work history is, where you achieved something and where you see your future career.


Chronological Resume: An Example


The chronological resume is the preferred format by recruiters and employers. It is especially good for job seekers who

  • have a coherent (without "unexplainable gaps") job history and
  • who wish to make a vertical or horizontal career move.

John Tumbleweed III
113 Sun Street
Cloudville GA 30333
Phone: (404)333-1111
Email:
jtumble@yahoo.net

Objective

The Job you apply for

Qualification Summary

  • The specific experience you can offer in the field of the job your are applying for.
  • A summary of your relevant accomplishments

Work (or Professional) Experience

20xx-Present Job Title - Company Name - City - State
- a responsibility in your current or last job that you accomplished very well and that indicates your ability for the job you apply for.
- a job problem where you provided the major input for the solution
- another instance of having accomplished your responsibility well and with a visible or noticeable impact on the company or department.
- awards and recommendations for job performance that support in some ways the job objective you stated
19xx-20xx Job Title - Company Name - City - State
- a specific project or task you accomplished that will show and support the qualities required in your new job
- make some reference to the wider experience that makes you qualified for the new job
- quantifiable instances that show how good you are at your work
19xx-19xx Job Title - Company Name - City - State
- an action or event that shows the prospective employer what you will bring to his company.
- an event that shows your superior skill in a task that will be valuable to your potential employer

Education (and Languages - if any)

19xx Your highest Degree, Major (subject) - University, City, State
19xx Your next lower Degree
19xx Professional Training (if any)

Write your resume on plain white paper without any fancy embellishments. Use an easy to read font such as Ariel, Helvetica, Times Roman, Verdana.



Some further points to the above resume outline


Note above, the further you go back in your job history, the fewer points are made about your job achievements. Keep your resume that way, because employers are not interested in your achievements ten years ago, however brilliant they were.

Objective or Job Objective: You should in one short sentence write the job title you apply for and what you hope to achieve, as a goal, in that job. Don't make it too elaborate and be careful not to overstate your potential impact on the organization you are intending to join.

Qualification Summary: Give a short overall summary of what you bring to the job. But, make it specific!

Work Experience: You can also call that Professional Experience

Job Title, Company Name, City, State: Those are the minimum details you will have to give on any job you had in the past. There is a "school of thought", that maintains you should also give Reporting to: (with the Job Title of the Person your reported to). That would be logical, since the reader of your resume, can then place you into the job hierarchy (the level), or the organizational structure of your former employer. Some people also like an item called Responsibilities: A very short outline of the things, which were clearly your responsibility in your former job. If you select this option, the individual job description would look like that:


Work (
or Professional) Experience
20xx-Present Job Title - Company Name - City - State
Reporting to: Job Title
Responsibilities:
Name your main responsibilities
- a responsibility in your current or last job that you accomplished very well and that indicates your ability for the job you apply for.
- a job problem where you provided the major input for the solution
- another instance of having accomplished your responsibility well and with a visible or noticeable impact on the company or department.
- awards and recommendations for job performance that support in some ways the job objective you stated

There are different trends and ideas about the way you present the job content of your previous work. Some people and resume writers think you should "load" your resume with achievements and the results of the direct impact you had on your former company.That might all be okay, if you had a job, where the results of your work could be measured directly, for instance in accounts receivable, as warehouse manager, or in customer service as a key account manager, etc.. But if you were the bank teller or the receptionist or had a staff position as a financial analyst, the impact you had, if any, is far more difficult to estimate. You maybe make up things and "force past event" that then produce "achievements".

But you should remember, human resources managers are not fools, and they see and read hundreds of resumes. Another resume with "achievements" that are really "fluff" will not impress them.

Education and Training (including Languages): Some resume writers think that you should only mention the subject of your degree if it is relevant to the job you apply. Others think, education has its own value and should always be shown. Only mention GPA's (Grade Point Averages) or that you were "number one in a class of 285", if this is your first job after undergraduate college or graduate school.

Languages should be shown, though, if they are not required in the job minimize the information to some statement like Spanish - fluent spoken and written, without further details.

Desperate times, and in terms of employment we are in those, sometimes ask for desperate measures. Setting yourself apart from the rest, is a good thing and may bring results. But, think hard, when you write the content of your individual jobs, your personal achievements and the effect they had on the fortunes of your former employer, within the realms of reality!

Remember your Goal

Your resume is the first step and, at the same time, the key to getting an interview. It needs to be the best you can produce and show you in the most appropriate light for the job you apply to. Make sure your content is relevant to the job description for the job you apply to and has accurate information about yourself!



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