Are your current job title and responsibilities marketable toward your new career objective? Are you trying to secure a position similar to your current job or conducting a transition search?
Generally, if you're seeking a position that's considered the next logical move up the organizational chart - where your current job title and skills are marketable toward the desired position - a chronological resumé is probably best. If you're conducting a transition search, where your current job title and skills are not directly applicable to your objective, a skill-based or functional resumé likely will be most effective.
Evaluate your resumé format based on results. How many calls have you received compared to the number of resumés you've submitted? An effective resumé will yield approximately one call for every 10 resumés submitted. If your resumé isn't drawing attention, it's time to fine tune or change formats.
Focus on Appearance
In one study, 60 percent of employers said they formed an opinion of a candidate based on resumé appearance alone. While many resumés are submitted electronically, with companies providing a template in which to insert the contents of your resumé, it's important to have a finely tuned and polished paper resumé to take to the interview. To this end, consider the following resumé tips on appearance:
- Don't crowd information onto the page; use ample margins and subheadings, thereby increasing readability.
- Proofread your resumé several times before the final draft is printed. Have someone who knows you well review your resumé as well.
- Use off-white or white textured bond paper. Never use colored paper.
- When you have several years' experience, your resumé will probably extend beyond one page, but remember:
- Always begin page two with a major subheading.
- Only use two pages if the material is meaningful and marketable toward your objective.
- Don't exceed two pages.