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What is the purpose of having a resume?
Having a resume is the first step to getting an interview. Your resume provides the employer with their first impression of you. Most employers review resumes in 30 seconds or less. They will decide to consider or contact you for an interview based on what information is on your resume. It is important that you tailor your resume to the job position you are applying for. To make a first and lasting impression is to have your resume free of misspellings and grammatical errors.
What should be included in the body of your resume?
What are the different types of resume formats?
There are several resume formats to consider.
Chronological Resume Format
Most commonly used format. Start out by using your work experience first and begin with your current or your most recent job position and continue in reverse experience. List your key accomplishments and skills under each position. Currently enrolled students or recent graduates, list your Education first and then your experience. With extensive work experience, list your experience first and Education after you list all or most of your work experience.
Functional Resume Format
This type of format organizes your information that highlights your skills and abilities from various work experiences you obtained or currently working at. This resume is good for those changing your career field or has gaps in your employment history. It can be categorized into clusters that relate to the position you are applying for.
Combination Resume Format
This resume is a combination of chronological and functional resume format. In this resume your work experience, skills or accomplishments are all mentioned here in the resume.
Federal Resume Format
A federal resume specifically designed for Federal Jobs. This is your application for any federal jobs you apply for. This is the most important document you will write as a part of the application process. You can have between 2 – 5 pages. It includes all of the heading information, country of citizenship, high school credentials, salary history, references, name of supervisor and contact information, and position details to emphasize specific results and specialized skills. To create a federal resume refer to the USAJOBS Resume Builder and www.resume-place.com.
Curriculum Vitae is known as CV and the difference between a resume and a CV is the length, content, and purpose. The length can be extended between 5 to 8 pages. Most candidates that use the CV format have a master’s or PhD degree. It is used to apply for teaching or research opportunities. For example, university teaching, administration positions, and scientific research positions. If you are applying for a teaching job at a university, check with the university’s website the protocol to develop your CV. On your CV you can add your publications, presentations, professional development, research topics, and affiliations.
Use of Resume Templates
Although you can find resume templates online to construct a resume, we do not recommend using one. Templates prevent you from developing a resume that best utilizes space on the page. Also, it limits how you can use the space. We recommend starting with a blank word document and using resume samples as a guide when creating your resume.
Action verbs are used to start each sentence in describing your work experience. Action verbs are power verbs that add power to your experience. This helps you to explain your accomplishments effectively. See examples of passive verbs and action verbs below:
WITHOUT action verbs or use of passive verbs:
WITH action verbs:
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