Creating a good resume is the key to finding a good job. If you do not have a good resume, you may find yourself with no job. One of the keys to effectiveness in assembling a resume is knowing how to put your resume job history together.
If you are looking for a job in the same industry in which you have worked for several years, a chronological job history may work just fine. To put the chronological history together you begin with your current or most recent job and work backward. You will need to list each employer and the job you performed. Do not forget that you need to include specific actions that you took in each job. If you can show progressive responsibility then potential employers will see you as a person that is willing to grow in a position.
If you are looking for a career change, then you will want to prepare a functional job resume. The functional job history highlights specific duties or skills from former jobs that would apply to a new job. For example, supervisory experience in one industry can often be applied to many other industries. Be sure that you show any leadership positions that you may have had. When putting together a resume, it is not necessary to go into detail about every job that you have ever had in the job history section. No one is really going to care that you delivered newspapers from the time you were ten to fourteen when you are applying for a job as a nuclear physicist.
If you list such childhood, teen or even college jobs and go into great detail about these jobs, you may be accused of resume stuffing. Potential employers can read this as you not having the required skills for the position you are applying for, so you are talking about your other qualifications. Avoid the temptation as it could cost you an interview. If you are a recent college graduate with little or no job experience, you will want most of your resume to focus on your educational career. Treat your college or university experience like your first major job. List achievements and awards. If you were a student affiliate of a professional society in your major, be sure that you list this in your resume.
If you worked part or full time during your college career, you can make use of this job history in your resume. If the work you did was in or closely related to your field of study, then you can use a chronological approach, however if you worked outside of your field, a functional approach will make a better resume. Use the same method for work you may have done before attending college, especially if you worked for several years in a full time position before attending college.
Putting together an effective resume is no easy task. It will require thinking and evaluation. When you have a good resume put together and land the dream job, the work that it took for the resume will have been well rewarded.