Chronological Resume
The Opening Section/s

There are many options for the beginning of a resume. It may include:

As a rule of thumb, the opening portion of the resume should not exceed 1/3 of the page (but it may go longer if including a technical skills section). Limit your opening to no more than 2 of these opening sections.

The most important functions of the opening section are to provide focus by specifying the area or position of interest and providing targeted skills, attributes or qualifications.

Any highlights or key qualifications listed in the opening section must be fully supported by your resume content.

Think of this section like a sign in a store window meant to draw in customers—it is easy to read at a glance and offers a few quick highlights of what is inside. Provide quickly relatable information to draw the reader into your document.

TIPS for the opening portion of your resume:

As a rule of thumb the opening portion of the resume should not exceed 1/3 if the page (but it may go longer if including a tech skills section)

Limit your opening to no more than 2 sections. For example an objective and skills summary, a professional summary and core competency list, an objective and a key word list.

Any highlights or key qualifications listed in the opening section must be fully supported by your resume content.

Writing Your Objective

The Objective is popular for entry-level job-seekers or career changers. It should be a clear, concise statement identifying a position or area of interest. If embellished, be employer focused mentioning what skills and attributes you bring to the company, not what the company can do for you.

When writing your Objective, remember to

Samples:


TIPS:

The Objective is best used when you cannot readily "profile" or describe yourself in light of the desired position.

Be as specific as possible - Give the prospective employer something he/she can connect to hiring needs.

Writing Your Career Profile

The trend for resumes is leaning more towards the Career Profile or Career Summary. The purpose of this section is not to summarize your resume or career but rather to "hook" the reader. With these high-impact statements, the writer describes him/herself relative to the position requirements, sometimes implying rather than stating a desired position. Highlight your skills and achievements in a compelling statement that shows employers how they will benefits by hiring you.

Alternate names for this section could include Career Highlights, Key Achievements, Core Competencies, or something similar. It may be formatted as text, bullets, keyword lists, or some combination thereof. Don't make the mistake of providing multiple redundant sections with different names.

TIPS: Creating Your Career Summary/Profile

  • Highlighting your most important skills and achievements which align with the position's needs.
  • Keep it brief. No more than a few lines, a couple of bullets, a short keyword/core competency list, or some combination thereof.
  • Although sometimes called a summary, the purpose of this section is not to summarize your resume or career. Focus on experiences and skills that you have that are important to the employer.
  • Try to avoid empty or generalized statements such as "excellent communication skills."
  • Avoid using personal pronouns (I, my, me, etc.) whenever possible.

 

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