A resume is a presentation of your professional person where yours experience, education, knowledge and abilities are to be presented. It should be based primarily on facts, while in the cover letter you have the opportunity to sell yourself and with reference to the facts in your resume explain why you are best suited for the job. It is your chance to make a good first impression and be reminded by the responsible recruiter. Keep in mind that your application documents have a single task: to get you to an interview.
Many people think it is an easy and not very time-consuming task to look for a job. Rather, it can be a full-time job in itself if it is to be done properly and successfully. Therefore, make sure to set aside time to write a really good resume that you can use as a starting point when you are looking for a job.
On average, a recruiter spends between 20 and 30 seconds on your resume. During that time, you can read and see about half an A4 page. This means that it is incredibly important that you catch the reader´s attention early on.
Before you start formulating your professional person, it may be good to choose whether you want a chronological, functional, combined or a more creative resume. What suits you best depends in the industry in which you operate and the type of service you are looking for. Below you will find a guide on how to create a winning concept that suits you and hopefully land you the dream job.
In a chronological resume you present your experiences and qualifications along the way they occurred. This structure is by far the most common and is a good fit when:
• You are looking for a job in a more traditional and conservative industry.
• You have worked for a long time in one area and want to highlight your many years of experience.
• You want to emphasize that you have deepened yourself or been promoted within a area/field.
In a functional resume, you present your experiences and qualifications along which subject area they belong to. This structure fits well when:
• You have had several smaller positions in the same area.
• Your employment titles do not clarify your duties and ability.
• You have had similar duties but at several different companies.
• You want to tone down any gaps.
In a combined resume you present your experiences and qualifications along a combination of a chronological and functional resume. This structurer is becoming more common and is a good fit when:
• You want to highlight some special achievements and skills.
• You have experience in several different subject areas.
In a creative resume you exemplify your skills through the application itself, much like a resume and work sample combined. This structure fits well when:
• You are looking for a job in a creative and modern industry.
• You are looking for a position such as art director, creative director, graphic designer etc.
• You want to stand out among the amount of applications the recruiter receives.