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The Complete Guide to Resumes

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If you’ve never written a resume before, you may be asking yourself, “What is this thing?” Don’t worry! JobHero specializes in resumes—it’s what we do. Below you’ll find our complete guide to resumes: what they are, how they look, and the information they should provide. For our more seasoned writing pros, this information will be a great refresher for you the next time you update your resume.

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What Is a Resume?

A resume is a job seeker’s tool for presenting their contact information, work history, accomplishments, and more to prospective employers. It should be organized, digestible, and easy for recruiters to read, and the information provided should be accurate and relevant to the position being applied for. Since one to two pages is the preferred length by most hiring managers, only provide the necessary information—don’t overload it.

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How to Organize Your Information

Resume Formats

To start organizing the information on your resume, you’ll first choose a format to use: chronological, functional, or hybrid. These are the three traditional resume formats recruiters and hiring managers are familiar with. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to consider your experience and skills when determining the format that’s your best fit.

Chronological Resume Format

Showcases work experience and is a great choice for a consistent work history or extensive experience in one industry.

Functional Resume Format

Highlights a job seeker’s skills, rather than work experience and is the best format choice for a limited work history.

Hybrid Resume Format

A combination of the functional and chronological resumes, this format showcases both skills and work experience and is the ideal choice for applicants highly specialized in their field.

Still not sure which one is right for you? Check out our guide to the 3 Standard Resume Formats.

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