That's what your resume must scream-in
a suitably professional manner, of course. Here's the
point: trying to do something out of the ordinary with
any aspect of your resume is risky business indeed. For
every interview door it opens, at least two more may be
The best (and most businesslike) bet is to present a
logically displayed, eye-appealing resume that will get
read. That means grabbing the reader's attention right
away-on that first page. And that's one big reason for
short, power-packed resumes.
We all have different backgrounds. Some of us have worked
for one company only; some of us have worked for eleven
companies. Some of us have changed careers once or twice;
some of us have maintained a predictable career path and
some of us are just beginning our career journey.
For some, diversity broadens our potential, and for some
concentration deepens it. We each require different vehicles
to put our work history in the most exciting light. The
goals, though, are constant:
- To show off achievements, attributes, and accumulation
of expertise to the best advantage
- To minimize any possible weaknesses
Resume experts acknowledge just three essential styles
for presenting your credentials to a potential employer:
Chronological, Functional, and Combination (Chrono-Functional).
Your particular circumstances will determine that right
format for you.
Just three styles, you say? You will see resume books
with up to fifteen varieties of resume style. Such volumes
are, alas, merely filling up space; in the final analysis,
each additional style such books mention is a tiny variation
on the above three.