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In Creating an Effective Resume, author Mariann Siegert provides step-by-step guidance on creating resumes that highlight accomplishments and specifically target a potential employer's needs. The course covers how to build a resume that encompasses action statements, keywords, styling, and effective content, while addressing common stumbling blocks such as handling employment gaps and career changes. Framing the resume as a vital component of a personalized marketing campaign, Mariann shows how to conduct employer research and utilize keyword optimization techniques to increase a resume's potential of being found by employers and recruiters on resume banks and job sites. Also included are tips on writing cover letters and thank-you notes. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Combination or Chrono-functional resume is quickly becoming the resume of choice, and for good reason. It offers the best of both worlds. The main idea of the Chrono-functional resume is taking the most effective and beneficial parts from each format and putting them together. The Combination resume first showcases achievements by various categories relevant to the job target or target career. It then switches to the Chronological format by listing employment history.
This type of format has several aliases: Chrono-functional, Combination, and Hybrid. All of these aliases can be a bit confusing, but they all refer to the same thing. Combination resumes offer a lot of flexibility to lay out the document so that it works best for you and your particular situation. Because of the fact that you're including your matching functional skills and stating your key qualifications at the beginning of your resume, you will immediately be proving to the employer why you are the perfect candidate for the position.
Follow all of this with your reverse chronological employment history, keeping with the format most employers prefer. Because of the fact that you've included all of this information first, your Professional Experience section is going to follow. It also needs to be concise and focused. Make certain you avoid the long boring laundry list of responsibilities and job duties, but highlight your accomplishments and achievements instead. Keep focused and targeted in this section and throughout your resume on your targeted career and position.
Concentrate on your transferable skills throughout the descriptions of each of your past jobs. The remainder of your resume remains the same as each of the other formats. It'll include your technical skills, your education, your certifications, and other additional information. For assistance with writing each section, see the chapter on "Putting Your Resume Together." It's for good reason that this format is becoming so popular. This combination of formatting allows you to be flexible and allows you to highlight and showcase the most important transferable skills that match the employer's needs.
This format will enable you to better pinpoint and target your accomplishments and achievements against those of the targeted job requirements. And the beauty of this format is you still give the employer what they are expecting by including your employment history as well.
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