If you have never produced a resume or have not produced one in quite a long while, it is important to understand the most current resume formats, based upon your personal situation. Certainly, CV and resume templates are available all over the Internet, as well as in current library-based resources, and the individual who is quite literate and able to present him/herself in a most positive manner can probably create his/her own ruseme following the models provided.
There are four types of job seekers these days, and each type will need a specific type of resume.
- The Job-Seeker who is currently employed and is seeking a more fulfilling position within his/her current career field: This individual is the traditional seeker, with a steady and progressively more responsible employment history, and s/he will want to write a resume in traditional or chronological form. Once the header of basic personal and contact information is placed at the top of the resume, these job-seekers will produce resumes that include educational background and then employment history in reverse chronological order. The goal is to demonstrate that the career history demonstrates increasingly more responsible and valuable positions within their career fields.
- The Job-Seeker who is currently unemployed or underemployed and/or who has a spotty employment record, including gaps and numerous job changes: If you are in this situation, you will need to write a resume that focuses on your career goals, your educational background and the accumulated skill set you have developed over the years in the work force. You will not be creating a resume divided into employment sections; you will be building one sectioned by the most relevant skills and qualities, so as to downplay the holes in your employment.
- The Job-Seeker who has just completed his/her academic or vocational training and is looking to land that first job in his/her field of preparation: If this is you, look at resume formats that address your current status in the job market. Once you have listed your basic information and provided a statement of your career goal, you will obviously list all of your academic, vocational and/or professional training. Once this section is complete, you will have to look at other skills and qualities developed during non-employment activities – internships, co-curricular activities, leadership positions in organizations, volunteer work, etc. – anything you can think of that has assisted in your development of employability. Another section of your resume should include any honors, awards, or specific recognitions you have earned.
- The Job-Seeker looking toward a multi-national employment potential or for a position within the field of education: Normal resume templates will not address your need, and you will need to look for models of a curriculum vitae instead. These types of resumes are far more focused on narrative renditions of the position responsibilities of the jobs you have held, including publications, presentations, awards, honors, and specific accomplishments. Finding a model specific to your type of position will help considerably.
Once you have studied the resume or CV templates and formats best suited to your situation, it will become the most important task to use the verbiage and the presentation methods that will allow you to stand out among your competitors. This task will take a great deal of thoughts and brainstorming and, in many instances, help of a creative and effective writer. You have to capture the attention of the decision-maker, if you are to gain that interview! If you still feel you cannot cope with this task on youyr own, you can always buy a resume from a professional writing service.