Resume Help - Sample Resumes
How you present
and sell your potential to your future employer will be different to a
student, seasoned professional or career mum.
There are two types of sample resumes that fit a variety of employment
situations, chronological and functional. A chronological resume
highlights your work history by date and a functional resume puts more
emphasis on your skills.
Chronological Sample Resume
The body of a chronological resume includes a listing of your work
history, beginning with your most current job.
Other sections may include a job objective; information on your
education; a summary of skills; volunteer experiences and other
work-related associations; and community activities.
Bear in mind information near the top of the page will determine if the
hiring manager reads on. It can be effective to state your job objective
and/or your qualifications in a sentence or two before presenting your
The session on work history may be titled Work History, Job History,
Employment or Experience. List your latest employment first, then
previous job according to dates. State your job title, employer, and
dates of employment for each job.
Under each job title briefly outline what you were hired to do. This is
your role responsibility. Then list your achievements to demonstrate how
much, how often, how well and what results you produced.
List your formal education and training in a section titled Education,
Training, or Education and Training. Typically, the most recent
schooling is listed first. This section may be presented either before
or after your work history. It will depend on which is most important in
the qualifications the employer is looking for.
Functional Sample Resume
A functional resume is useful when you want to switch career fields and
need to identify skills that may be used in a new situation. You will
have limited work experience but still have skills that can be
identified and grouped.
The body of a functional resume highlights your major skill areas.
Emphasis is placed on your skills, not on work experience. Job titles,
dates, or name of employers may be left out. However, other sections may
include a job objective, information on education, a summary of
abilities, memberships and other work-related associations.
You might label the section describing your skills in a variety of ways,
Cluster your skills from paid and unpaid experiences under one heading.
For example, if you provided word processing on one job, did filing on
another job, and acted as a receptionist someplace else, these
activities could be listed under the heading of Office Skills.
To make your functional resume as reader-friendly as possible for
employers, include as much context as you can within each functional
description. That way, the employer has a better idea of which skill
aligns with which job.
If you're unsure whether a functional resume is right for you, try it
both ways and show the two formats to people in the field you wish to
enter. See which one they feel presents your skills more effectively.
Remember, selecting a sample resume format you like does not mean its
the right one for the position you are applying for. Make sure you
tailor your resume to suit the skills and experience required the
employer or recruiter outlines in the job description.
Otherwise, contact The CV Company to write your resume for you using one
of their professional sample resume formats.
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