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POLL: Resume format, which do you use?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by GoodGame, Sep 29, 2011.

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What Resume format do you use generally?

Poll closed Nov 28, 2011.
  1. Chronological Resume format

    18 vote(s)
    39.1%
  2. Functional Resume format

    7 vote(s)
    15.2%
  3. Hybrid (Chrono-Functional) Resume format

    14 vote(s)
    30.4%
  4. Radioactive monkeys randomly type my resume; Downtown beats down the boss's door to deliver it

    17 vote(s)
    37.0%
  5. My unemployment might hurt Obama politically

    15 vote(s)
    32.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    A little informal poll for those of you who actually seek jobs and internships:


    Resumes are those short pages that summarize your existence for prospective employers, listing your education, work history, and supposedly making you look competitive/non-competitive in the job market. There are three main formats for resume writing: chronological, functional, and "hybrid" which blends the chronological and functional format into one. Chronological resume format highlights your work history, and ideally shows continuity (no large unexplained gaps in employment) and career progression (you got regular promotions). Functional resume format highlights that you got skills, earned at a particular time and place, and would be good for the job or at least a taking "stretch" job that is a little outside your prior experience. Hybrid format just blends the two like half-and-half, usually emphasizing the functional background first, and listing chronology as an afterthought.


    My question to the forum: What resume format do you use, and why?
     
  2. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Mine is chronological, and most of the resumes/CVs I encounter in my IT travels are also chronological. I use it #1 because that's the way I was taught and #2 it does a good job of organizing my accomplishments and skills into a coherent format. Don't make the resume-reader have to think any more than necessary. ;)
     
  3. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Night Elven Ghost Agent

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    Right now, I am using fuctional format because I want my employers to not pay attention to my two year employment void and rather see mee as an asset to hire, not an encumbrance due to my lengthy unemployment.

    I hate the way employers place in the section to add what jobs you were previously in a job application since it makes them more likely to discriminate against me based on my lengthy absence from a job.
     
  4. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    In the type of job I do experience is important and that is best portrayed with a chronological format
     
  5. Integral

    Integral Can't you hear it?

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    My resume follows a chronological format, though it's slowly (painfully slowly) morphing into an academic CV, which follows a somewhat different set of "rules".

    If any of you like what I write and need an economist intern next summer, I take requests by PM. ;)
     
  6. Neonanocyborgasm

    Neonanocyborgasm Deity

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    My resume is chronologic, but that is only because I have only ever worked one particular job type. I don't have to make it functional because it's functional by default. Other employments may differ. If you are in a career track where you may have variable job descriptions, it may be best to put the skills applicable to the job you're applying to first, and then either put others or omit them entirely. Prospective employers are only interested in skills you have that favor them, not all, so "padding" the resume doesn't usually do much good unless they are things that overall make you seem more competitive.
     
  7. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    I love the poll options :lol:

    My resume is a mixture of both, I've only had two real jobs (and one of them was under the table) and being a student on an archaeological dig last year so I have some of what I did and work related skills emphasized on it.
     
  8. Silurian

    Silurian Deity

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    I have a CV
     
  9. Dreadnought

    Dreadnought Deity

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    Chronological
     
  10. Gooblah

    Gooblah Heh...

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    Chronological, but possibly only because I have little to put on it XD
     
  11. illram

    illram Deity Retired Moderator

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    Chronological. Having a weird looking resume is a great way to get in the "no" pile.
     
  12. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    Chronological but I voted hybrid because I'm hot like that. I like the idea of a functional resume.
     
  13. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Mostly chronological. I currently work two jobs, but one is only a few hours a week, even though it is the newer of the two, I put it below my older (but still current) job.
     
  14. Silurian

    Silurian Deity

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    It depends on the job you are going for.

    If your Chronological CV does not show you progressing towards the roll you are applying for then it may not be the best way of presenting yourself. You could have relevant experience in a job, say 7 years ago, but not in more recent rolls. So someone reads your chronological CV and dumps it before they get to the relevant job.
     
  15. Defiant47

    Defiant47 Peace Sentinel

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    Hybrid. Relevant financial experience in chronological order and detailed clearly. Irrelevant other experience lumped together in a few lines below that.
     
  16. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    A thousand times this. I read over 200 resumes a day, and I'm going to delete the weirdo ones almost every time. I absolutely prefer Cronological ones at work.

    That sounds like something you'd want to address in the cover letter.
     
  17. Hygro

    Hygro soundcloud.com/hygro/

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    What if it's a really good skills one? Or does it not make it past the filter to begin with?

    Also, keep your resume one page for the love of all.
     
  18. Integral

    Integral Can't you hear it?

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    This, especially if you're a recent college grad.

    I've seen a lot of college students with two-page resumes, of which exactly 0 required or needed them to be that length.
     
  19. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    Nah, that's a misnomer. You should only keep your resume at one page if you're a new worker. Most of this stuff is digital now, so the page limit isn't as big of a deal, and having a page and a half resume won't disqualify you at all. Your resume should have all the relevant info, and none of the filler. If you have a page and a half of relevant info, use it.
     
  20. Silurian

    Silurian Deity

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    The last time I was given CVs to look at I was not given any covering letters by the agency that forwarded them to me. I had enough time to read them completely but if I did not well.
     

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