The way you construct your resume will vary depending on the job you're applying for, your experience and your education. For example, a construction worker might focus on certain skills, a network engineer may focus on their education, and an EMT may consider experience most important.
While there's no one right way to craft a professional resume, there are certain elements that should be included no matter what style (chronological or functional) you choose or what profession or industry you're a part of. Those elements are:
- Contact info (name/phone/email)
- Resume summary statement
- Work experience
*The Accomplishments section is inserted to create a functional style resume.
As for the resume style, there are two primary layouts to choose from.
The chronological style resume focuses primarily on presenting a date-ordered (hence chronological) list of previous jobs, beginning with the most recent first. Each job listing will include a list of 3-5 job responsibilities or accomplishments for that employer. This style works best for those with no employment gaps and who are following a traditional career path.
The functional style is best suited for those who are considering a career change or have difficult-to-explain employment gaps. With this approach, using the addition of an accomplishments section, you can focus on transferable skills and accomplishments without linking them to a specific employer.