Resume Tips: When You Aren’t Sure Where to Begin

Okay, so you’ve heard what to do on a résumé: action verbs, buzz words, clear organization, etc. But what if you don’t even know where to start? Like, the last résumé you did was for your high school barista job and you don’t think “hard worker” and “likes coffee” will quite cut it this time?

If you feel like you’re still at the drawing board, then check out these tips:

Functional or Chronological?

When you’re starting out, there isn’t a lot to put on your résumé in the first place, so trying to decide between functional or chronological order can seem rather superfluous. But eventually, you’ll want to have some rhyme and reason to your résumé. Most go with a chronological format, starting with your most recent job or internship. However, if you’re lacking a bit in experience or have significant gaps in your work list, then a functional résumé is going to be a better option because it will tailor itself more to the job description and help the reader focus collectively on what you’ve done.

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