You are viewing a preview version of this site. The live site is located at: https://jfedgmw.org
What is a Resume?
A resume is a sales tool. When a person is seeking a new position, he/she must consider many aspects of their background before actually writing their resume. In addition, a person must know to what kinds of companies their resume will be sent and for what kinds of positions. Just as a salesperson must know his product and his market, a job candidate must know him/herself and the market to which the resume will be directed.
The first task in preparing a resume is to analyze your work history. Among other questions, write down answers to the following. Your answers will help determine the format of your resume (more on that next). For example:
Types of Resumes
Resumes generally follow one of three formats: Chronological; Functional; or, Combination. Based upon your work history, you should be able to determine which format will be the most effective.
Chronological: Most employers prefer this format because it most easily presents the information they seek. Employers look for a solid work history, relevant experience in the job to be filled and experience in their industry. This format is simple for resume screeners because the information can be compared to the job specifications without interpretation.
Functional: Many career counselors prefer this format because it focuses on a person's skills up front without giving the employment history at the beginning of the resume. It is most often recommended for persons changing careers, because it allows a person to present the transferable or newly acquired skills to a prospective employer. It is also effective to use this format when there is little paid work experience, or when the recent experience is not relevant to the job for which you are applying.
If a person has a poor work history (many short-term positions or lapses in employment) this format works best, since dates do not stand out at the beginning of the resume. It is possible that a prospective employer can become interested enough from reading the skills portion, that an interview may follow. This format points out your selling points before revealing any negatives.
Combination: If your employment experience is solid, this format highlights both the skills you offer as well as your work history.
Examples of all of these can all be found in the many resume books in the library.
Writing that Winning Resume
The following facts should help you put together a winning resume:
Good Luck! Your next position may be just around the corner.
For more information about this or other topics related to your job search, contact Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest or the author.