4 Resume Styles That Always Land The Job - Plus Tips To Learn When To Use Each Style

1/25/2016

When it comes to applying for a job , all that you want to know is how to best present the required qualifications and related work experience in a way that will create a professional image that says : "Hey, forget everyone else, I'm the girl (or guy) for the job " and therefore  convince the Hiring Manager  to meet you; right?!

 But that may not be as easy you may prefer it to be because we all know that getting that coveted interview comes down to how the resume is formatted and prepared.
Which is no wonder one can be at at a loss when it comes to choosing the best resume  style and format  for job applications especially since we now have the likes of functional resumes, combination resumes, and the oh-so-popular  infographic resume! I mean,  Talk about utter  confusion!

 But fear not, because today's article is designed to walk you through the 4 Best Resume Styles that have proven to land the job, PLUS, I also bring you the tips regarding when and whom each style of resume may be best suitable for. And the 4 Resumes in question  are:

. The Reverse Chronological Resume Style

. The Functional Resume Style

. The Combination Resume Style

. The Creative Resume Style


1. Reverse Chronological Resume Format

This is an "oldie but a goodie" type of resume format as everyone knows the rules with this format and is therefore easy to write because it highlights your work experience and job history in reverse chronological order, meaning the  format lists  the most current career experience listed at the top which helps to present a timeline view of your entire employment history, including  responsibilities and accomplishments. Which is super amazing because most employers prefer this format as it makes it easy for them to scan whilst they learn about who you are professionally.

. Who Should Use It


Anyone who has a solid professional background with no gaps in between should use this format. Best suited for professions like accountancy, law, banking, office assistants and other clerical staff..
Note: A Reverse Chronological Resume follows the following  Format

1.Your Full Name and Professional Tittle Across The Top  
e.g.
* C h l o e    O ' B r i e n *
Office Assistant

2.Your Full Contact Details
Your contact Details should immediately follow your name and tittle.
They should include your home address, email address, Phone number, Link to your personal website, link of your basic social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook,  and Google +,) because let's face it, any hiring manager will google you these days. So why not  make it easy for them to find you?!

3.Your Professional Summary Statement
This is a very short statement that encapsulates who you are professionally and what it is you do best.   It should be geared towards giving the hiring manager a brief summary of your experience ans skill, plus a snapshot of who you are as a professional. for example, you could say something like this: 

4.Your Professional Experience
Take note that under your professional experience section,it's not enough to just list your previous job tittles because what hiring managers are looking for these days is to see the kind of impact you delivered and what value were you to the organisation you've worked for. Therefore, beside each job tittle, you should quantify your role by saying "In which I achieved x,y, & z!" This lets the hiring manager know that you are a results-driven individual and therefore makes them want you as part of their organisation because no one wants to hire someone who's not gonna deliver the goods, you know?!

5. Your Education
This is were you should provide the name and location of your university/College , your degree, and the year in which you graduated. for instance,
B.A. in Sociology,
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
2006


6. Additional Skills
This is the section of your resume where you could add any other information you think might add your chances of landing that coveted job, for example, like an additional skill you did not have a chance to add elsewhere in your resume. But bear in mind that it is highly advisable that you add a skill that is somehow related to the role you're applying for.

2. Functional Resume Format

This is the sort of Resume style and format that focuses heavily on highlighting your skills and capabilities whilst downplaying previous work history in the hopes of demonstrating to the hiring manager that you're a suitable candidate for the job. And the reason why this format works is because this is the kind of Resume that has proven to land people jobs as people continue to use it to show the prospective employer how their current skills and expertise  can best be suited for the job, irrespective of the fact that they have zero experience in the said role because they have taken the time to appropriately tailor  their skills to the  role so perfectly that it gives  the hiring manager no choice but to hire them, thus proving the resume format to be quite effective.

. Who Should Use It

It’s ideal for people with less work experience, like recent graduates,  career-switchers, or indeed anyone re-entering the workforce or with gaps in their work history. 
Note: A Functional  Resume Style follows the following  Format:


1.Your Full Name and Professional Tittle Across The Top  
e.g.
* E m i l y   W a t s o n *
Office Assistant

2.Your Full Contact Details
Your contact Details should immediately follow your name and tittle.
They should include your home address, email address, Phone number, Link to your personal website, link of your basic social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook,  and Google +,) because let's face it, any hiring manager will google you these days. So you want to make it easy for them to find you.


3.Your  Summary of Qualifications
This is a very short statement that highlights your most impressive and most relevant accomplishments, skills, and experience to the role that you're applying for.
The good thing about a Summary of Qualifications statement is that it let's you put your best traits and achievements from both your work history and educational history right at the top of your resume, which helps to  showcase you as an ideal candidate, if not a contender for the advertised role.

4.Your Relevant Skills & Experience
Unlike a Reverse chronological Resume Styled Format where you list your most recent job at the top and work your way down, a functional resume is were you tailor your work history and experience towards the role you're applying for the best way you can. As such, the order in which to list your relevant skills and experience is from most relevant to least relevant. Although, it is better to have at least 3 relevant skills and experience that are between 80%-100% relevant  and applicable to the role you're applying for in order to increase your chances as a candidate. Furthermore, quantify those relevant skills and experiences with evidence that helps prove your abilities, and where possible, always add numbers to quantify your achievements as this tells the hiring manager that your are capable of fulfilling the job requirements.
 Here's an example of a way you can list your relevant skills and experience on a functional resume

*Relevant Skill No. 1: Administrative
  • Handled Payroll activities for  more than 30 employees and ensured posting of checks before the end of the month
  • Answered an average of 40 incoming calls per day resolving issues with customers and billing departments
  • Assisted in document scanning of about 100+ pages  per day and logged them in the company's proprietary computer system 
*Relevant Skill No. 2: Analytical
  • Analyzed all company data entry systems and prepared recommendations for system-wide efficiency improvements
  • Converted manual payroll system into all digital payroll system, plus designed, implemented, and trained staff on usage.
  • Research of all client  loan discrepancies, and acted accordingly, consistently attaining 95% or more of customer satisfaction.
*Relevant Skill No. 3: Interpersonal
  • Supervised and trained staff of 3 regular clerks
  • Received "Team Player Of The Year" Award
  • Team Worker who is able to adapt within highly dynamic and changing situations in the office.
5.Your Employment Synopsis
This is where you list your work history, but because your work history will most likely not be related to the role you're applying for, it shouldn't really be the "meat" of your resume. For example, leave this towards the end of your resume and use bullet points to list  your previous work history, obviously stating the company your worked for, your role. plus the dates you were there. For example,

  • Gamma Corporations, Office Assistant, Jan 2011 - Present
  • Sema Copies, Payroll Clerk, Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
  • Blatche Industries, Assistant, Jan 2007 -Jan 2009

5. Your Education
This is were you should provide the name and location of your university/College , your degree, and the year in which you graduated. for instance,
B.A. in Sociology,
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
2006

3. Combination Resume Format

This popular resume format is a hybrid between the functional and chronological resume styles. However, it tends to focus heavily on relevant skills while still featuring  previous work experience within the main body of the resume. Therefore, it makes it  the kind of resume format that could be used by any seasoned professional looking to make a career change from one industry into another as the more transferable skills you have, the easier it will be to make that career switch. Although, having said that, this resume format still requires you to include details of past work experience, particularly if you've had an impressive set of accomplishment and duties in your previous jobs.

. Who Should Use It

Given that a combination resume format   focuses heavily on the applicant’s skills and abilities right from get-go, whilst still featuring the applicant's previous work history into the "meat" of the resume, this makes it more relevant to be used  by anyone looking to use their proven  skills and abilities in hopes of transferring them to a different but similar work industry whilst still demonstrating that they have a pretty healthy career timeline and progression .
For example it can be used by an Architect hoping to make a career switch into Graphic Design. Or a Graphic Designer looking to make a career switch into Digital Marketing. Because both of those jobs require skills that can easily be transferred to doing the other role perfectly.

Note: A Combination Style Resume Follows The Following Format:

1.Your Full Name and Professional Tittle Across The Top  
e.g.
* O L i v i a   P.  W a t s o n *
Marketing & Communications

2.Your Full Contact Details
Your contact Details should immediately follow your name and tittle.
They should include your home address, email address, Phone number, Link to your personal website, link of your basic social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook,  and Google +,) because let's face it, any hiring manager will google you these days. So you want to make it easy for them to find you.

3.Your  Qualifications Summary Statement
A Qualifications Summary Statement is  a brief sentence or two used to demonstrate what you were able to achieve in your previous role using the skills and expertise that you'll list under your Professional Profile/ Core Competencies Section.  Here's an example of what a  Qualifications Summary statement looks like :
"Marketing Communications Consultant with over 4 year of experience with an excellent track record with Customer Relations Management. delivering creative Print and Digital Marketing Collateral and launching successful marketing campaigns."

4.Your  Professional Profile/ Core Competencies
Your Professional Profile is where you list you utmost core competencies so as to give the hiring manager a glimpse of the abilities you deploy when you're doing what it is you do best you do best. Simply put, it is a brief annotation  demonstrating your skills in terms your previous role(s), and it can look like this:

 Expert at html | CSS | InDesign | 3D Studio Max | Photoashop SC | CRM | Print & Digital Design | Digital Marketing | Social Media 


5. Additional Skills
Unlike a Reverse Chronological Resume Format where additional skills are  listed at the bottom of the resume, in a Combination Resume, Additional Skills are listed soon after your Core Competencies so as to give light to any other skill you may have. Of course, keep your additional skills as close and relevant to the role you're applying for as possible.

6. Professional Experience
Just like in the Reverse Chronological Resume Format, it's not enough to just list your previous job tittles, you have to quantify them by demonstrating the kind of impact and value you added to the organisation. And you do this by providing  evidence that helps prove your abilities, and where possible, always add numbers to quantify your achievements as this tells the hiring manager that your are capable of fulfilling the job requirements.

7. Your Education
This is were you should provide the name and location of your university/College , your degree, and the year in which you graduated. for instance,
Bachelor of Science, (Honours) Marketing 
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin
2012


4. Creative Resume Format

This is were anything goes because it is the  kind of Resume that typically showcases a candidate's creative flair meaning simple or formal simply won't cut it!
Regarding this resumes structure : There are no rules to follow with this one; except to list your skills and experience in the most creative and concise  way possible. As such; this would be a perfect resume style for anyone applying for a job in a creative field like architecture,  graphic design,  media and start-ups.

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. Who Should Use It

Because with Creative Resumes there's no one size fits all, I've decided to give you a few examples of the best creative resumes out there, and hopefully, this will get your creative juices flowing.

. Creative Resume Style Examples

. Creative Resume Style Example


. Creative Resume Style Examples


. Best Tip To Remember When Writing Your Resume

Always Tailor your resume to each job you apply for.  This shows initiative and your ability to pay attention to detail - which employers LOVE! 
That means that you read each and every job add and look at your very own previous experience and highlight the kind of accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand. Therefore; if you're applying for a job in marketing but also have past experience working as a waitress, there really is no need to include your stint as a waitress as it doesn't relate to the job at hand. What you could do is list your Customer Relations Skills you've acquired and have since come to perfect whilst working as a waitress and make it a point to highlight that, and then  at the very bottom of your resume under "OTHER" or "PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS" section, list your previous work experience as a waitress tittle. That way, there's no gaps on your resume and regarding timeline and you've highlighted the relevant skill  relating to the job you're trying to apply for. figure out what ll best work in your application for a particular job advertisement.

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