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Guidelines | Format | Chronological Resumes| Functional Resumes | Do's and Don'ts

Résumé Guidelines

As you move further away from your college graduation, your résumé needs to reflect your experiential growth and development. All résumés should include your contact information, experience, and education.

As an experienced employee, you can add one of the following categories , as long as it does not detract from the core of your résumé:

  • Summary of Qualifications (as it relates to the job description)
  • Key Accomplishments or Strengths
  • Professional Profile

Deciding On A Format

Chronological Résumé

Typically, recent grads are directed to use a chronological résumé format, whereas the experienced may choose the Chronological or Functional format, or a combination of the two. In any case, the Chronological Résumé is the most common format. It presents your work experience in reverse chronology (most recent first) and provides clear job titles, employers, and periods of employment.

Chronological Résumés are most appropriate for candidates with stable, solid career progression through one or, at most, two fields and highlights growth and maturity throughout an organization or career. It is the format employers see most often and provides an easy‐to‐follow structure for interviews.

Use Chronological Résumé format when:

  • Job objective is similar to recent experience
  • Applying for position in highly traditional fields or organization
  • Work history is NOT spotty
  • You have NOT changed employers frequently
  • Definite progression in responsibility and level over time
  • Prestigious past employers

(These guidelines are used by Lee Hecht Harrison, a career development consulting firm.)

Examples of Chronological Résumé entries:

Youth Program Director, Western Bible Church, Plainview, GA 2012 ‐ Present

  • Annually recruited, trained and mentored teams of 8‐10 adult volunteers to provide structure and oversight for 100 participants at weekly youth program
  • Prepared weekly messages, skits and curriculum for students pertaining to biblical doctrines,current events and issues of interest to young adults
  • Organized special outings and retreats and fundraising events

Children's Program Director, Downstate Baptist Church, Smithville, AL 2010 ‐ 2012

  • Created seasonal programs and activities for 20 elementary age children
  • Communicated regularly with parents and developed relationships with them
  • Led weekly training sessions for volunteer staff

Functional Résumé

If you are re-entering the work force or are switching fields (e.g. ministry to marketplace), the Chronological Résumé format may not best highlight your capabilities .

The functional résumé format emphasizes your skills and accomplishments as opposed to simply listing job titles and the dates during which you performed each job. Functional Résumés do not necessitate listing positions in chronological order. The first job listed should be the one whose skills most closely match the skills required in the job for which you are applying.

This résumé format focuses attention on skills and achievements, rather than place of employment, which make it ideal for mid‐career changers or recent grads. However, employers can be suspicious of these résumés because they are often used to hide spotty employment records.

Use Functional Résumé format when:

  • Job objective is very different from experience
  • Emphasizing skills/abilities not used in recent work experience
  • Experience gained in unrelated types of work
  • Entering the job market after an absence
  • Seeking position in non‐traditional field

(These guidelines are used by Lee Hecht Harrison, a career development consulting firm.)

Example of Functional Résumé entry:
Services Marketing Manager May 2003— April 2005
Orchestrated the development of sales tools and customer-facing reports used by Services Sales and National Account Service Managers to demonstrate the value of Maintenance Agreements to customers nationwide.

  • Created and rolled out the EXPERT View Report with Monetization to demonstrate the financial impact of downtime without a service agreement
  • Managed an inter-departmental team to develop TCO/ROI Tools and trained Services Sales Team

Final Do's and Don'ts

You will find three sample résumés attached for your reference. We recommend sticking closely to the simple, easy‐to‐read format and structure:

  • Use 10 or 11 pt. font, Times New Roman or Arial
  • Use bullets to break up each point and utilize consistent formatting
  • Begin each description with a strong past-tense action verb
  • Maintain consistency with punctuation. If you use periods at the end of each bullet point, check to be sure you always use them

Here are a few additional, but definite, don'ts:

  • Don't list your EDUCATION before your EXPERIENCE if you have been out of school more than three years, you should be selling your experience rather than your academic record at this point
  • Don't worry about the month and year of start/end dates – the year is sufficient
  • Don't include personal information such as age, marital status, number of children
  • Don't include a snapshot
  • Don't use “I” in your statements
  • Don't list references
  • DO NOT use abbreviations (i.e. HR for Human Resources). Use professional or technical jargon only if it is relevant to the position

Take your time. Be specific and detailed. Don't just write down a list of duties or titles. Be sure to include results, successes, and accomplishments that will show prospective employers what you can do for them as a result of your experiences.