"It's All About You!" It's about performance in past jobs, especially accomplishments in those jobs. The résumé is a brief document highlighting and promoting a job seekers skills and abilities, and it is used to present a prospective employee in the best possible light for the purpose of getting to the interview. More and more employers required the résumé and a cover letter as part of an employment application.
Make a strong first impression by learning how to create a résumé that presents your skills and experience in the most positive light. Additionally, an effective cover letter can help you set yourself apart from other applicants by highlighting your background in a personal way, allowing an employer the opportunity to get to know you rather than just your skills and experiences. For help getting started, review sample résumé and résumé formats in the Job Preparation Center. Attend a workshop to get started developing your résumé. Then, if you need additional assistance, schedule an appointment with an employment specialist.
Common Résumé Formats
- Functional – The functional résumé focuses on your skills and experiences. It is a great option if you have gaps in your employment history or you are changing career fields.
- Chronological – The chronological résumé lists your employment history in reverse chronological order beginning with your current or most recent position.
- Combination – The combination résumé begins with your skills and experiences and is followed by a chronological history of your employment.
- Typos: Proofread your résumé for typos. Spell and grammar check may miss a typo; your potential employer won't. Read and reread your résumé. Ask a friend to proofread for you, too. You cannot be too careful where typos are concerned.
- Font and size: Always be sure to use a standard, easy to read font. Fonts like Times New Roman or Arial are easy to read and look professional. Yes, you want your résumé to standout, but not for the wrong reasons. Additionally, be sure that your font size is neither too small nor too large.
- Personal website: If you have a personal website and choose to list it on your résumé, be sure that all of the content is appropriate.