How Should I Present My Resume?

Posted in Career Blog

There are a number of ways that you can present your resume for a job that you are interested in. How you present it really depends on your particular career qualifications, the desires of the employer, as well as what is most convenient for you. Below, we take a look at the most important aspects of resume presentation.

The first thing to consider when trying to decide how you will present your resume is what the right resume format may be for you. There are a three basic resume formats that most people use, and depending on their particular career goals and qualifications, one will necessarily be best for you. The three basic formats are: functional, combination, and chronological. Chronological is the kind of resume that most people use, and it lists your work history in a sequence, focusing on the achievements and responsibilities of each-from most recent to least. This kind is great for someone with a solid career history that wants to show up their employment background. A functional resume format focuses more on the skills and achievements of the applicant, and is best suited for someone with a disjunctive employment history-such as gaps in employment, many short lived jobs, or various types of jobs-as it steers attention away from this discrediting factor. Lastly, the combination resume format is a combination of the chronological work history and the skills/achievement sections-including attention given to both in equal measure. The person best suited to this kind of format should have a well rounded background in employment, as well as a number of impressive skill sets to offer, as well as achievements.

Employer Preference
Key to presenting your resume in the right manner is to-above and beyond all else-listen to the specifications of the employer in their communication with you and their job posting. This way, you know what information to include in your resume, what aspects to highlight, how to send it, and what extra documents should be included along with the resume. Know that in most cases, if a specific direction is not heeded by an applicant for a position; the hiring manager or employer will immediately toss the resume, without giving it a second thought. This is because it speaks to your ability to listen to and follow directions-key strengths in any employee.

Email or Mail
Most often, employers will either specify that they want you to present your resume to them by sending it by email or mail. In this day and age-while not obsolete-mailed versions of a resume and cover letter are almost obsolete. Again, it is vital that you listen to the direction of the hiring manager in the job posting, to find details on how to send them your resume. If it is not stipulated, and both addresses are given; consider what is most convenient for you-as well as what presentation may be better for your qualifications. Some applicants, for example, believe that paper form is more standard and attractive-without worrying about email formatting etc; while others, consider the convenience of emailing their resume paramount to all else.

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