Resumes come in many different formats and are generally all
accepted by employers. It is most important a resume
grab the employers’ attention within 30 seconds.
The two most popular resume formats are:
- The chronological resume format
- The functional resume format
Remember that it is crucial
that you highlight your “selling points” to the employer regardless of which resume format you choose.
The traditional and most commonly used resume format is the chronological
format- so named because the core component of the resume
is a chronological review of your employment history. The advantage of
this resume format is that it highlights your past work experience and
details performed in those positions.
Personal information - What is your name and how can you be
Job Objective - What do you want to do?
Experience - What can you do?
Education - What have you learned?
Chronological resume format
The contact information should be placed on top of your resume. It should
include your name, address, phone number and email.
This is optional. The job objective allows employers to review and analyse your resume and indicates the direction you wish to take.
What you put in your employment section will depend on the position you are applying for. You should describe your experience in the most
interesting and concise manner. For each job you have held, list the
- Dates of employment
- Name of the company you worked for
- Position title
- Description of the duties you performed
Include your degrees, where you graduated, certification and awards
Skills and Abilities
This is the place to put important and/or interesting information that
does not fit elsewhere. Living in an age of technology, it is increasingly
important to include a section on computer skills.
References or referees are people that can attest to your personality
and vindicate your skills. Preferably you should have at least 3 people
who can serve as your referees. It is important to let your referees
know about a possible call so they are well prepared to respond positively.