The first thing you need to know – is that there is no right or wrong way to do a Résumé, but there is plenty of strategy to consider! You have options for help with developing a résumé – do it yourself, hire a résumé writer, use an online service, visit the local Department of Labor, or purchase one of the résumé writing programs out on the economy.
What you do need to know, is that typically you get not only what you ask for, but also what you pay for. Most Credentialed Résumé Writers possess knowledge rarely shared with the job seeker through other forums, even the publications they develop. Capitalizing on this knowledge is what will set you apart from the rest of the candidates.
The data that serves as the foundation for the résumé is the key to helping you make it through the screening process, and helping get your foot in the door for an interview. A properly prepared Résumé will generate recognition throughout the entire selection process.
COMMON RÉSUMÉ DESCRIPTORS
ONLINE RÉSUMÉ DATA – Used for tackling the online job search through applicant tracking and complex, talent management systems. I personally label this form of data as the ACR (Applicant Tracking System – Compatible Résumé.
TRADITIONAL RÉSUMÉ – A one, two, or three page snapshot of a candidate’s experience and supporting information. Typically used for networking and interviews in today’s labor market.
ENTRY LEVEL – Prepared for students, recent graduates, job seekers just entering the labor market, or those with limited experience.
PROFESSIONAL – Provided for job seekers who specialize in a particular career field, have established a foundation for career advancement, are career oriented, and possess approximately five or more years of experience.
EXECUTIVE – Designed to strategically portray leadership and managerial skills, compliment achievements, aid in the pursuit of advancement or changing career direction. Is a sophisticated, powerfully written document that provides a clear and concise message to the recipient (distinct impact).
GOVERNMENT – Prepared with information not typically found in Resumes written for civilian or private sector positions. Job Seekers quickly find that the information required for different interests or branches in government vary, the variety of information, terminology used, and presentation requirements can be confusing. Appropriate portrayal of knowledge, skills, ability, competencies, and technical qualifications is vital.
CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) – A lengthy, detailed synopsis of an individual’s education, academic background, and on occasion employment history; content may include research results, publications, awards, honors, affiliations, and other information. The typical résumé is considered a CV in various parts of the world; the document is typically used to obtain positions in the academic community, scientific or research industry, to apply for fellowship or grants, and summarize an entire career.