There are two basic resume formats: CHRONOLOGICAL and FUNCTIONAL

The chronological resume lists jobs in order, starting with the most recent job you held and working backwards. Functional resumes group accomplishments under specific areas of skills and abilities. The other resume formats are a combination of these two basic types. Most employers today prefer a chronological resume.

Always begin a resume with your name, address, and telephone numbers (work and home, if possible). This information should be centered in the middle of the top of the page and your name should be bold face so it stands out. If you do not have a telephone, find a phone number where you are confident you will receive all your messages in a timely fashion. In addition, there are companies that provide telephone services for a fee.

Employers surveyed explained that they did not like flashy writing, bright colors or resumes with pictures on them. Also, they do not want your resume enclosed or encased in plastic or in a folder. It is too much work to get at the resume. The exception to this is someone seeking a marketing or high level sales position. Employers generally agreed that they like a lot of white space and a professional presentation.

There are three elements (listed in order of importance) that make more of an impression on an employer than any resume you could put together:

  • An influential networking contact who speaks highly of your skills, qualifications, and personality.
  • Accomplishments and skills that match the position.
  • A dynamic presentation of yourself to the employer.