There are three general formats for creating a resume: chronological, functional, or combination. Your work history and the type of job you are applying for will determine the layout style you should use.
- Chronological resumes are used for showing a steady growth in a particular career field. These are best used for someone applying to a job within their career-path to show an increase of responsibility over time.
- Functional resumes are focused on skills and experience rather than job history. These are best used for someone who may have holes in their work history or who have gained experience from being self-employed for a time.
- Combination resumes are, as it sounds, a combination of both a chronological and a functional resume. These are used to show off specific skills and how they were acquired. If you have developed a specific skill set from working in a variety of related fields, then this is the best resume option for you.
You will need to provide 2-4 professional references (people who aren’t family or friends)with their name, relationship to you, and contact information including their phone number, address, and email.
- The best references to use are a manager or superior to you in your work, or perhaps a college professor whose class you did well in.
- The place you are applying to may contact these people, so always call them in advance to let them know that you are using them for a reference and are currently applying for a job.