Here’s a shocking fact: most potential employers read a resume for two to twenty seconds at most! That’s a terrible thing to consider, as you work to craft the best resume possible, but it is also incredibly useful because it can help you to structure a readable and very appealing resume.
For instance, one of the things that people often wonder as they put together a resume is whether or not they should make everything “chronological” in order. For instance, if they won an award in high school that is very relevant to the work they hope to get through the submission of the resume, should they make that first in line or leave it according to its place in the timeline.
That is a very good illustration of how to use the formatting of any resume to your favour. For instance, in the example above we would say to forget the chronological order and simply make a bullet point list of the awards, honours, programs, or other details that relate directly to the job desired.
Of course, there is also another reason that many people say to avoid a chronologically ordered resume and that is that they worry that a possible employer is going to discriminate against someone if they feel that they are too old or have been too long away from that line of work.
Again, the example above says that the award came when the applicant was in high school. Now, that might be twenty years or more in the past, but the value of their creative thinking or effort is not reduced by time, and the order of events is made irrelevant.
Another “down side” to a chronological order is that it may give the appearance that the applicant is a “jack of all trades” or has a tumultuous work history. For instance, if you are someone who has worked on a freelance basis and had periodic contracts with specific employers, a point-by-point list of your work experiences may make you look unreliable and extremely unfocused.
What all of this adds up to is actually quite simple – you can always use the chronological order of events on a resume, but just make sure that it is to your benefit to do so. Look at the way it appears in terms of the portrait you need to present. If things can be improved by avoiding the chronological order, then go ahead and do that instead.
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