Resume Building Chronological Resume Most resumes use the chronological format by BudCrain


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Chronological Resume
Most resumes use the chronological format. It is a simple format in which the most recent
experience is listed first, followed by each previous job. This arrangement works fine for
someone with work experience in several similar jobs, but not as well for those with limited
experience or for career changers.

• It is the simplest and quickest resume to build.
• Many employers want to know details about where you have worked in the past,
   including dates employed.
• This is a good resume style to use if you have a good work history in similar jobs to
   those that you are seeking now.

• A chronological resume may display your weaknesses.
• It will quickly show things like gaps in work history, frequent job changes, lack of work
   experience related to your job objective, recent graduation, and other situations.
• If you have one or more of these situations, a traditional chronological resume may not
   be best for you.

Functional Resume
The functional resume, also know as the Skills Resume. In this format, your experience is
organized under key skills. A well done functional resume emphasizes skills that your
objective requires. These should also be the same skills that you are good at and want to

• Allows to you to present accomplishments from all your life experiences and strengths.
• A well written resume presents your strengths and avoids showing your limitations.

Some employers do not like this type of formatted resume as it does not give a lot details
about work history, timelines, etc. It is also a much harder resume to write.

The Combination Resume
A combination resume includes elements of both the Chronological and Functional Resume
formats. This a good type of resume to use if you have a reasonably good work history but
want the advantages that a Functional Resume has.

When to Consider a Functional Format
If you have held a number of different or unrelated jobs during a relatively short period of
time and are worried about being labelled as a job-hopper, the functional resume could be
the answer for you. This format also works well for those entering the workforce for the first
time or after a long absence (such as recent grads with no prior formal work experience,
stay-at-home moms or dads now seeking outside employment, or caregivers who have
spent a year or more treating an ill or aging family member). It could also be a good choice
if your prior work experience is more relevant to your current job target than what you are
doing presently.
                           SAMPLE FUNCTIONAL RESUME

                                         Lyle Smith
                    1226 Maple Street * Vancouver, B.C. * V7L 2Z3
                       (604) 555 1234 *

Executive Assistant position organizational, customer service and project management
skills proven by 10 years of successful, profitable self-employment.

Skills Summary
•   Project Management      •    Customer Service          •    Accounting
•   Computer Savvy          •    Marketing                 •    Scheduling
•   Insurance Billing       •    Front Office Operations   •    Presentations
•   Report Writing          •    Written Correspondence    •    MS Office/Internet Literate

Professional Experience
• Prepare reports for insurance agencies, meeting industry requirements and deadlines.
• Author professional correspondence to customers and vendors.
• Rapidly learn and master various computer programs.
• Design and deliver a series of classes for local businesses and associations on the latest
  trends and technologies in business communication.

• Built a clientele supported by 60% referral business.
• Launched a small business, building revenue from $0 to $50K in the first three years.
• Create special promotions, write/design print and outdoor advertising, and coordinate all
   media buying.

• Facility rental/maintenance
• Contracts obtained and completed
• Finances: accounts payable/receivable, billings, budgeting.
• Staff recruitment, management and team building.

Employment History
Sheraton Wordsmithing: Professional Communications:
Owner/Operator from 1989-Present.
Blue Canada Books Etc.:
Special Order Clerk and Assistant Purchasing Manager from 1985-1989.
Queen's University- Kingston, Ontario
B.A.: Professional Writing in English.

Kingston Community College
Microsoft Office Certification
Eight Tips to Keep Your Resume Concise
These tips will help ensure your résumé packs a punch and gets the crucial information
across to the reader:

1. Avoid Repeating Information.
Did you perform the same or similar job tasks for more than one employer? Instead of
repeating job duties, focus on your accomplishments in each position.
2. Eliminate Old Experience.
Employers are most interested in what you did recently. If you have a long career history,
focus on the last 10 to 15 years. If your early career is important to your current goal,
briefly mention the experience without going into the details. For example: Early Career:
ABC Company - City, State - Served as Assistant Store Manager and Clerk, 1980-1985.
3. Don't Include Irrelevant Information.
Avoid listing hobbies and personal information such as date of birth or marital status. Also,
eliminate outdated technical or business skills.
4. Cut Down on Job Duties.
Many job seekers can trim the fat off their résumés simply by removing long descriptions of
job duties or responsibilities. Instead, create a paragraph that briefly highlights the scope of
your responsibility and then provide a bulleted list of your most impressive
5. Remove "References Available Upon Request."
Many job seekers waste the valuable last line of the résumé on an obvious statement.
Unless you're using this as a design element, remove it.
6. Use a Telegraphic Writing Style.
Eliminate personal pronouns (I, me, my) and minimize the use of articles (a, an, the) when
preparing your résumé.
7. Edit Unnecessary Words.
Review your résumé for unnecessary phrases such as "responsible for" or "duties include."
The reader understands you were responsible for the tasks listed on your résumé.
8. Customize Your Résumé for Your Job Target.
Only include information relevant to your goal. This is particularly important for career
changers who need to focus on transferable skills and de-emphasize unrelated career

Resume Resources on the Net:

BCIT Student Employment Services



Building Futures Today – Aboriginal specific

BC Work Infonet – Youth website

Government of Canada Youth Employment Centre

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