Resume Samples: Chronological vs Function Resume Formats

Happy Friday! I’ve talked about these 2 resume formats before: chronological and functional. Both can work quite well, depending on your skill set, your career goals, and your experience. Here is an overview of each with a resume sample for each format. Chronological Resume Format:  This is the most common resume format. A chronological resume…

Your Resume is More Than a Laundry List.

When you think of a resume, you probably think of it as a list of the places you’ve worked and what you did at each job. Ahhh, but it’s so much more than that. So what is a resume? 1. Your resume is an opportunity to shine. Instead of listing every little thing you did…

Afraid to Make a Change? You’re Not Alone.

I heard a radio program the other day about the job market, and caller after caller spoke about their own endless period of unemployment. “I’ve been unemployed for 10 years,” says one caller.”Now that I’m over 40,” explains another, “nobody wants to hire me.” “I was an executive for 20 years,” says a mother of 4….

Writing About Yourself is Hard.

Many of my clients come to me and say “I’m a pretty good writer, but for some reason, I can’t seem to write about myself.” Welcome to the club! I am a professional writer, and write on behalf of others every day. You’d think it would be easy for me to sit down and craft…

Quick Resume Tip: How Long Should Your Resume Be?

Resumes are tricky – too long, and the reader loses interest. Too short, and it looks like you don’t have much experience. The length of your resume depends, to some extent, on your particular field and how long you’ve been working. There are some guidelines, however, to make sure your resume is the ideal length. …

How Many Resumes Do You Need?

Some of my clients ask me if they need to create a separate resume for each position they apply for. I think that this approach is a little overboard (and takes a lot of time). While it’s not necessary to create a new resume for every job, it can be a good idea to have…

Tips to Get Your Resume Noticed…

We all know that the competition is fierce when it comes to landing a job. There are potentially hundreds of resumes sent in response to any given job posting. So how do you make sure your resume doesn’t end up in a black hole? Here are some pointers:  1). Skip HR. Try contacting the hiring…

It’s actually okay to use “I” on your resume.

But you wouldn’t think so, because most people seem to have the view that using “I” is a no-no when it comes to resume writing, and that third-person (or no “person” at all) is the way to go. While I wouldn’t write an entire resume in a narrative, 1st-person format (although there are always exceptions),…