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Resume Formats

It’s important to adapt your resume to fit the type of job that you are applying for,  the type of work that you do and your career profile. If you are moving industry,  it is best to shift emphasis on the resume to match the new job or industry requirement.

The two common types of CV formats are:

  • Chronological resume : This format is the most common and is best used when you’re applying for a job in a similar industry to your current one. It lists your experience in chronological order,  with your current or most recent job at the top.

You should give more space and detail to your more recent roles,  when your most important achievements were likely made.

  • Skills-based resume : Consider using this type of CV if you’re changing to a different industry or career path. It’s useful when you want to emphasise your transferable skills and abilities,  rather than your career history.

List your achievements and key competencies ahead of your work history,  and collect the best example situations from all your previous roles to illustrate your relevant skills for the specific job you’re applying for.

Use key words from the job advertisement to ensure your resume is relevant whilst linking your experience directly to the job’s requirement.