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Different Types of Résumés

These are different to Curriculum Vitae’s in the way that they are laid out. You need to point out your most relevant accomplishments, skills and experience.

You may also want to list the skills that may not be relevant to the job that you may have gained through attending a course or seminars.

Targeted Résumé -

These are targeted to the specific job in question.

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  • The personal contact information needs to be put first.
  • Objectives - in two sentences describe your goals and objectives.
  • Skills and Accomplishments – write a summary of your skills, background and accomplishments
  • Education - should start off with the most recent relevant qualifications. Only list your highest qualifications, unless you have others that are relevant to the vacancy.
  • Job Histor y- Only list your previous employers, position held and main responsibilities.
  • Interests - List three interests that are relevant to the job. Also include memberships or any organisations that you are part of.

Chronological Résumé -

In this type of CV you need to list your job history in date order, starting with the most recent first.
The sections of this CV are-

  • Personal Details
  • Personal Profile
  • Career and accomplishments
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Professional affiliations or interests
  • References

You don’t have a lot of time to impress the employer so that is why you should keep everything as short as possible.

Personal Details- name, address, phone number and email address.

Profile
- This will be describing your career objectives.

Career and Accomplishments- Use this section mainly for your achievements and stress your value to the company. Using keywords and active verbs help to highlight your achievements.

Education- Include schools you have attended and then list any degrees, gained .

Work Experience- Here you can include all of your work experience, even if you haven’t got any job related experience. You could include if you worked for the Universities Paper or if you had to write a dissertation - this is the area of where to include this.

Employment - Only include this section if you think there will be enough room in your résumé.

References- ‘References are available on request’

Combination Résumé-
This usually is a résumé that is used by job hunters who have a solid background for the job that they are applying for. You will include sections that highlight your education and experience, followed by your job history. Stay focused though, less is more when it comes to writing Résumés.

  • Combines the best of chronological and functional CV writing skills
  • Emphasises your achievements and strengths, as well as experience
  • Starts with a profile then job history
  • Focuses on important skills which are supported by the job history
  • Accomplishments are noticed

Reasons why not to use the combination CV -

  • You don’t have a lot of work experience
  • You have several unexplained gaps in your employment
  • You change jobs frequently

Functional  Résumé-
These are most often used by people who may have gaps in their employment and they are used by people who may want to change their career.  The employer should brush over any gaps in the employment because the candidates' skills will be so good and will match the job description. 


You should use a functional résumé if-

  • You have a range of experience, but not necessarily in just one sector
  • Your experience may not be related to the job
  • Most of your work is unpaid, including volunteer work
  • You want to change careers
  • Some of your jobs were at the same level so would be pointless repeating your responsibilities for each job
  • You have gaps in your résumé
  • Listing your experience with dates would make you look over qualified, under qualified or too young
  • You may not be searching for work in a conservative field and your skills may not match up to what the employer wants

The way in which a Functional Résumé is set up-

  • Personal details
  • Objectives
  • Profile
  • Accomplishments
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Awards and Recognition
 
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