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3 Steps for Organizing a Strong Resumé

How do you organize the information in your resumé? It depends on the resumé format you decide to use and the strengths you want to emphasize.

1. Pick the right type of resumé for you

The type of resumé you use depends on your work history and the kind of work you want. Use a format that highlights your best and most relevant skills and training. 

  • chronological resumé is a good choice if the job you want is similar to the one you have now. It highlights your relevant experience.
  • functional resumé may be best if you have gaps in your work history. It highlights your skills.
  • A combination resumé works well if you want to change careers. It highlights your skills, but also shows your work history.

2. Lead with your strengths and play down your weaknesses

In a resumé, it’s important to lead with your strengths. This means putting your strongest job qualifications near the top, where employers will read them first. This is easiest when writing a combination or a functional resumé.

To decide which strengths to highlight in your resumé:

  • Identify the employer’s requirements for the specific job.
  • Find the skills on your resumé that match the employer’s requirements.
  • Use headings to highlight your strengths. The right kind of resumé will help you group your skills and training effectively.

You can organize your resumé to minimize gaps in your skills, education, or experience. For example, you may be qualified for a position, but you may not have the degree or diploma the employer wants. This information sheet (PDF) will help you organize your resumé to play down such weaknesses. 

3. Choose strong words and effective keywords

Potential employers want to see the details they need without wasting time. Help them by using:

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