The nice thing about this section is that it does not necessarily need to be in reverse chronological order. If you are applying for a job that will utilize your skills from a position you held prior to your most recent role, you can list these relevant accomplishments first to provide maximum visibility.
Beneath the section highlighting your most relevant and appropriate career achievements you can begin to detail your experience in reverse chronological order. If you have a gap in your resume, you will already have given the reader good reasons to be interested in your background.
It has been my experience that functional resumes typically fall flat when it comes to getting interviews. Isn’t that what it is all about?
Functional resumes do not clearly define where the work was performed; they are vague. I have found that candidates who have a choppy career history and are attempting to cover gaps often use this type of resume. It seldom hides the obvious and may even raise red flags.
Remember, no matter which resume format you ultimately decide to use, the first portion of your resume is ";prime real estate."; As such, you need to create a compelling case immediately that will entice hiring managers and recruiters to continue reading and ultimately pick up the phone to call you for an interview.
There are few things more boring than a resume that repeatedly uses the same exact verbs in sentence after sentence. Total snorefest! To engage your readers, you must spice up your resume by highlighting strong action verbs that bring your background to life.
While not every synonym will be the perfect fit to convey your exact meaning, by choosing from various alternatives, you can mix things up and create a resume that is fresh and engaging.
Below are a few more commonly used resume verbs along with some spicy alternatives to flavor it up!
The goal is to engage your reader rather than putting them down for a nap. To identify, obtain, or acquire (aka find) some good synonyms to boost the energy of your résumé, I recommend you check out www.thesaurus.com or www.visualthesaurus.com.
If writing is not your thing, you may want to consider leaving it to a professional resume writer who can create a compelling document that effectively uses action verbs. If you do decide to go it alone, be sure to proofread carefully and look for repetition. It is okay to use the same verb more than once in your resume, but if you have a bulleted list of items, you should vary your action verbs as much as possible.
Looking at sample resumes can also help you come up with ideas for your own resume. Beware though – not all resume samples on the Internet are perfectly written. Conduct careful research and once you have an updated resume, ask a trusted friend or colleague to look your work over. In addition to reviewing for typos, grammar, and punctuation, check for frequency of word usage and redundancy.
The bottom line: you want your resume to be vibrant and enticing rather than sounding like broken record.