Format To Follow While Writing A Resume

Format To Follow While Writing A Resume

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A resume should be drafted in a manner that highlights your eligibility for a specific job. Choosing a proper format for the outline is a very critical job. It structures your draft according to the need of the time and improves your chances for a callback. If a proper format is not followed, the document looks haphazard, and the relevant details are lost.

There are three kinds of formats that are usually followed, reverse chronological, functional, and hybrid. If you want to know which format is right for you, read this article.

Reverse chronological order

This format is popular among those who have a plethora of work experience and, based on that, are well qualified for the position. This structure highlights the work experience and career trajectory of an individual. This is recommended for those professionals who had a linear career path. 

In this format, write your personal details at the top left or top right corner of the page. Now, start writing about your work experience in detail. Mention the name of the organization, location, and your role in that company. Include all the technical information about the job and any skill you developed working with them.

Try to balance your skills. For example, if you worked on a project beyond your area of expertise, you can lead your statement by writing that you are eager to take up new challenges and learn. Write about your most recent work first and then continue in descending order. 

Functional format

This format is popular among freshers and professionals with non-linear career history. If you want to change your career or have a history of frequently switching jobs, it is advised to follow this format. This structure focuses more on the skills you have developed.

You can start by giving your personal information at the top, followed by a summary statement. This part should contain your career summary and your career objectives. You can write about the areas that you have worked in and a brief detail of the job. Your career objective should highlight the importance of the employer's organization in achieving your goals.  

Next, you can write about the skills or technical details. Make sure to mention only those skills that are relevant for the job, and you must keep it specific. Write about the value of your craft to the employer's organization. Use plenty of keywords in this section to highlight the importance of your technical knowledge. 

Lastly, if you have any significant professional achievements, include them too without going too much into the details.

Hybrid format

This format, as the name suggests, is a combination of functional and chronological format. It highlights your skills as well as work experience. If you have limited details to put out, it is recommended to use this format to make a resume.

Start by giving your details at the top, followed by your skills and achievements. In the skills part, write about your technical details and mention any accomplishment related to that skill. Use Bold and Italics to highlight the relevant keywords.

Subsequently, write about your work history in reverse chronological order and mention your professional achievements.

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