Your resume is the first impression you make on a potential employer, so it has to really sell you for the job. Last time, we discussed the best resume layouts of 2021, but that’s just the beginning.
After choosing the right format for your needs, you need to add content that helps the hiring manager learn more about you — and your fit for the position. Here’s some advice to help you learn what kind of information to include with each type of resume.
Three Most Popular Resume Layouts — and What to Include in Each
To recap, a chronological resume is the most traditional format. You’ll list your work experience in reverse-chronological order, starting with your most recent job. Of course, that’s not all the information you’ll include.
At the top of the page, you’ll list your contact information — i.e., email address, phone number, website (if you have one) — followed by an objective or summary tailored specifically to the job at hand. From there, you’ll highlight your skills most relevant to the job, list your professional history — including a few bullet points with each position that relates to the job you’re applying to — and share your educational information.
If you want, you can include additional information at the end, such as volunteer work or applicable side projects.
As noted last time, a functional format places a greater emphasis on your job-related skills than your employment history. With this layout, your contact information and objective or summary statement also come first, followed by a detailed list of your skills relevant to the position — i.e., use a sentence or two to add color to your expertise.
From there, you’ll list your employment history, educational details, and any other applicable information you think the employer should know.
A mix of the chronological and functional formats, the combination layout offers the chance to emphasize your work experience and relevant skills. Since you’re highlighting both of these areas, there might not be room for optional sections with this style — i.e., volunteer work.
Include your contact information at the top, followed by an objective or summary — if space allows. From there, you’ll either showcase your skills most relevant to the job or your work history first — whichever you think sells you the strongest, followed by the other. You’ll finish off by listing your educational information.
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