The Concepts Of Resume Writing

The Concepts Of Resume Writing

You need a resume in order to get your foot in the door.  However, there are some people that don’t know what to do in order to get to that point.  It may be more than a minute before anyone calls you for an interview.  With the competitive job market, you definitely have to be on your

What about a special writing service?  That could work, but you would have to pay hundreds of dollars for them to do it for you.  Then, there is no guarantee that their work would help to open doors for you, either.  You decide to try it anyway and you don’t get the results that you want.  Then you are out of hundreds of dollars for something that you thought was a guaranteed thing.  Now what?

Have you ever thought that maybe your resume writing style might be the culprit?  You may not be writing your resume the correct way.  So you will have to change what you are doing and make some adjustments.  Once you make those adjustments, you will be able to see resume writing in a new light.  Your calendar will be filled with more appointments than you can shake a stick with.

When your resume writing stumps others, then it can serve as a marketing and sales tool to get your foot in the door with prospective employers.  Your resume must sell you in order for a prospective employer to consider you for a job interview.

One thing with resume writing is that there are so many people that are applying for the same job position, the competition is very tight.  It’s so tight, that if you are not in the top one or two percent, then you may not stand a chance.  Your resume will just get discarded as though it was never there.  The employer just glanced at it and put it in the pile to be thrown out.  Forget about the cover letters.

If you resume writing does not stand out from others, then you run a great risk of getting your resume trashed.  Your resume has to grab an employer’s attention.  Otherwise, you are just another number among hundreds or maybe thousands that are looking for a job.

Everyone is using the same resume writing style and using the same instruction books.  However, their efforts along with yours have proven to be futile.  Unless you straighten up , fly right and take a new approach with this, your resume will keep going in the rejection pills.  Being different is the key to having a winning resume that potential employers will love.

Stop being like the status quo.  They do the same things over again and see the same results.  You get the same thing with the same method.  Stop putting yourself in the trash pile.


Best Resume Format

Best Resume Format

What is the BEST Resume Format?

There are generally three basic formats in resume writing.  Chronological, Functional and Combination. The BEST resume format? There is NONE. Yes, you read right. There is NO single format in resume writing which is the ONE or the BEST.

You choose the most suitable one which meets your needs. If that is the case, then which one should you use?

Type 1: Chronological

In a Chronological resume, your work experience is stated according to dates, starting with your most current job to your earlier positions.

This type of resume is the most commonly used, perhaps because of its simplicity as well as the recruiters’ ease in seeing your career track clearly. You may also like to use this format if your work history is consistent and strong, with no gaps in between.

Type 2: Functional

In a Functional resume, your work experience takes priority over dates. Related experiences, skills, and knowledge are stated.

This type of resume is typically used when you are changing careers, or when there are gaps in your work history. (for example, a duration where no work activities take place like time off, personal matters etc.)

Type 3: Combination

In a Combination resume, your relevant work experiences and achievements are stated according to dates. As the name suggests, it is a Combination of Chronological and Functional resumes.

This type of resume is very useful in providing relevant work experiences, and with dates to guide the recruiter through your work history.

Personally, I use the Combination format, simply because it is more targeted. This format allows for greater customization in matching my work experiences to the position. And I used this even when I was making a career change.

Since I have gone through a few positions by now, I have accumulated enough work experiences to sift and pick out the ones which matter.

The dates make it easier for the recruiter to know when I had gone through any particular experience. So to me, doing it in such a way increases my chances of getting it picked up by the recruiter. And it did!

On the Usefulness of the Resume

The usefulness of the Resume is clear. It creates the opportunity for you to meet up with the recruiter, and eventually, convince him that you are the right one for the job.

As a trainer, interaction with my learners during our CV and resume writing sessions provided me with more insights.

We have found good resume writing to be especially useful in these situations:

  1. Little Education

You have little education. However, you have a wealth of work and life experiences.

  1. Poor Grades

You have a good education, but your results or grades are average or poor.

  1. Problems With Law

You have had brushes with the law or had been convicted before.

  1. Application Form

You applied for a job and only an application form is provided. It does not allow you to ‘sell’ yourself to the recruiter, especially if you had been in any of the three situations above.

For situation 4, I strongly recommend that you attach a copy of your resume with the completed form. This allows you to elaborate on your achievements way beyond the few or tiny fields provided on that form. And therefore, increase your chances of getting that interview!

I believe resume writing is a skill anyone can pick up and improve on.