Phoenicians are on the right track if looking for a resume guide that is made specifically for your industry. An easy way to waste time when building your resume is to follow the guidelines for a generic resume or for the wrong industry. Resume guides aren’t difficult to find, but a credible and reliable resume guide is what you should be looking for.
- What is a credible resume guide? Resume guides will start with a choice of formats; chronological resume, functional resume where you list your work experience and skills based on skill area or relevant job function, and combination resume which is a blend of the chronological and functional resume.
This type of information will be consistent across all resume guides. Once you get past the generic resume information, it is important to make sure the guide is credible. Consider the author or authors. Do they have previous experience with reviewing or writing professional resumes?
- Where can I look for a credible resume guide? Resume guides can be found online, at career workshops, One-Stop centers or local job search workshops.
- Are all resume guides the same? There will be some similarities across all resume guides in regards to format and the fact that every resume should be tailored to a specific job. But when it comes down to a resume for an engineering position vs. a resume for a sales position, there will be differences. And catering your resume to the specific industry will help your skills stand out.
- Do I need only one resume per industry? Unfortunately, if you are applying for different industry specific positions, you will need separate resumes. And if you are applying for more than one position per industry, you will see need a new resume per position.
Resume guides can be helpful when building your resume, but the recommendations and input from professionals in the industry may be the most beneficial.