How to Choose Your Best Resume Format 2016

When people talking about resume format - they usually think about the design. But it's not about the design, it's more about how your resume is structured. In some cases, proper resume format could help you to stand out from a crowd.

Today we’re going to talk about some basic resume formats and how they could help you to conceal some your job history gaps and in the same case – could help you to highlight you main skills.

Basically, we can split up resume formats in three main directions:

  • Chronological resume format: The main idea here is to place your information in reverse-chronological order. It’s one of the most useful resume format and ideal to use for employers with a huge job history.

  • Functional resume formatDoesn’t matter what you did before and where, skills – that only that matters. You need to show your intentional employer your strengths sides.

  • Combination resume format: Mix of both resume formats. Most likely used by job seekers, who would like to combine their skill-set with huge job history.

Now let’s try to understand what are the main resume styles could be and how you could use them depends on your work experience and skills-set. The most common are these three resume styles below:

  • Professional resume style: Today it’s not so popular, because it’s 5-6 pages of text with tons of useless information. Usually it’s normal to use such style if we’re talking about federal jobs or government positions.

  • Academic CV: Have you ever seen ten pages resume? No, just have a look on academic CV. In some cases, it could be even more than 10 pages.

What are the most common blocks are included in resumes:

  • Achievements: HR’s would like to see what was done (numbers, results), rather than processes you keep.

  • Resume Keywords: According to the latest resume trends, more and more companies using ATS systems to help them sorting candidates. Including right resume keywords, could help you to get good position.

  • Resume buzzwords: Be careful with them. Do not over staff. Remember that the decision maker is HR, not machine.
  • Resume portfolio: If you are designer or an artist, it’s really important to include a link to your professional portfolio. Adding this link, you would help your potential employer to assess your professional level.

Once you decided what resume format to choose, it’s time to start preparing for an interview. Read our resume 2016 tips and see interesting video below.


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