December 3, 2017
Ok, so there’s no easy way to say this. Yes, your Instagram feed looks a-mazing. Your YouTube channel, super entertaining. Your Facebook profile picture, err… glad you changed that party picture for a job search worthy one. Your Snaps are hilarious. Your WhatsApp picture is cute. And, you’ve done a great job retweeting really good content that makes you seem intelligent, thought-provoking and worth hiring.
There’s just one teeny weenie little detail. Where’s your resume at? Employers will look at your resume first and if that’s sharper than all your social media networks combined, you will land an interview.
“I don’t even know what’s the best resume format to use,” you say. Luckily for you, the Resume Builder team is super obsessed with resume formats, always readily available to give you the best resume tips and help you land your dream job.
Resume Formatting on Fleek!
Just in case we didn’t stress this enough: the format of your resume is a BIG DEAL. Phew, we’re glad we got that off our chests. Three is the magical number where all your dream jobs come true, or, it could just be the types of resume formats you can choose from: chronological format, the functional format and the targeted format.
If you have no clue which resume format is the right one for you, don’t feel ashamed, most people experience the same thing when starting their job search. Here’s a rundown of each type of resume format:
The Chronological Format
Do you have a substantial amount of work experiences and work history? If so, this is the best approach for you, since most employers ask you for your work history. You want to include in there your volunteer jobs, odd jobs and any other experience that you can add to your chronological resume format list. Be creative but keep it real!
Start writing this type of resume by listing your most recent job and work it down until you list your very first job. If when doing this exercise, you suddenly realize your work history is not as extensive as you thought it would be, quit writing and go back to your resume drawing board.
What are the cons of writing your resume in this format?
• It reveals to employers any time periods where you were unemployed
• Doesn’t showcase your amazing talents
• It’s not ideal for individuals who don’t have a lot of working experience
MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAYS!
Do use this type of resume format if your work history is extensive.
Don’t use this type of resume format if your work history is thin because you will show employers that you are inexperienced.
The Functional Format
Another popular resume format is the functional format. The functional format is perfect for individuals who don’t have a lot of employment experience because, instead of showing employers your work history, it highlights the goals you want to accomplish and your attributes, keeping the fact that you are inexperienced low-key.
However, because of the lack of employment history, this type of resume format is often overlooked by employers. Employers want to see if the applicant has any work experience related to the position they are hiring for, so they can make the most informed decision. If you decide to use this resume format, be aware that it can be more challenging for you to sell to potential employers why you are the perfect match for this job, but don’t panic yet!
Some employers do understand that it’s difficult to get experience if you can’t find a job, so they might hire you if your skills and goals are exactly what they’re looking for. Use this resume format if you work as a producer, freelance writer, designer or possess most-desired hard skills.
MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAYS!
Do use this type of resume format if you have in-demand skills.
Don’t use this type of resume format if you have extensive work experience.
The third resume format is known as the targeted format. TBH (to be honest for those non-millennials), the targeted format is a fusion of the chronological format and the functional format. Why?
It lists your work history while showing the employer the goals that you, as the potential applicant, want to accomplish. The main reason why this type of resume format is so popular amongst employers is because instead of being a general resume that will be sent to multiple job openings, the targeted resume, as the name implies, is meant to target specific job openings. *Cue fanfare*
Writing a specific resume shows employers that you really want to work at their company because you took the time to write exclusively for their job post. The main issue you may encounter with this type of resume is that if you want to apply to several job openings, it can be super tiresome to write multiple resumes. Well put your big boy (or girl) pants on! This type of resume is the one that stands out the most.
MOST IMPORTANT TAKEAWAY!
The best way to decide which type of resume format you should use depends on your experiences and the amount of time you’re willing to put into each resume.