Resume Format Helps Position You


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found that 25 percent of résumés were structured in a format that did not position the candidate most effectively. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: Most recruiters prefer résumés to be formatted in a reverse chronological format. Many recruiters dislike functional résumés, where the skills and relevant accomplishments are separated from the employment history and placed on the first page of the document, because it is difficult to connect where the candidate did what he or she says was done. WHAT NOT TO DO: Many professionals trying to minimize career issues such as gaps in employment use a functional or ‘skills based’ résumé. Most recruiters are attuned to this strategy and, therefore, go directly to the candidate’s career history to try to find what he or she is hiding. WHAT TO DO: Whenever possible, candidates should use a reverse chronological format to keep responsibilities and accomplishments under their respective job titles. In some circumstances, a hybrid combination of functional and reverse chronological will strategically minimize obstacles and meet the prospective employer’s needs.

*Graham Management Group (GMG), a Canadian firm specializing in career-transition solutions for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals, examined and analyzed 1,000 résumés submitted in 2009 to the group by senior-level Canadians. GMG performed the analysis by methodically applying validated strategic résumé principles and theories in a structured manner across all documents. We’re excerpting some results of this analysis over the next several weeks.