“What’s the best way to update my resume?”

By Paula Santonocito

Q. I’m having difficulty updating my resume. My most recent job doesn’t fit with my other work experience or my desired career path. But if I leave this job off the resume it looks like I’ve been unemployed for the past two years. Is there a way to solve this dilemma?

A.  Years ago, there was only way to present your experience and skills on paper and that was chronologically. Resumes were written with attention to job history, with the most recent job at the top of the list. Fortunately for you, and for many other people, times have changed.

You now have the option of creating a chronological or functional resume.

A chronological resume is just like it sounds; it presents your work history with attention to dates. A functional resume, on the other hand, provides an overview of your experience, with attention to your skills and strengths.

If your career includes a logical progression of jobs, particularly if each job has led to greater responsibility, a chronological resume is probably in order.

In your case, however, it sounds like you want to emphasize your array of experience, your skills, and how they relate to the job you’re seeking. In other words, think functional.

There are many websites that provide sample chronological and functional resumes, but JobStar Central actually features several samples of each resume type.

The site is particularly useful because each sample given is for a different position, and each sample also addresses a job seeker dilemma. There’s the print coordinator with gaps in his work history, the fundraiser who is a full-time mom looking to return to work, and the nonprofit director seeking a career change, among others.

You can take advantage of the solutions their resumes offer to solve your own dilemma. In addition, the site provides basic templates that can be used to create your resume, whether you opt to go with a chronological or functional format.

JobStar Central should help alleviate any confusion you have about resumes–and allow you to present yourself in a way that helps you get the job you want.

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