Many people especially young job seekers mistake a resume’s purpose, they think a resumes should to get them a desired job. In reality, the solely purpose of the resume is to open doors. Your resume purpose is to create interest so the employer will invite you in for an interview.
But how do you create that interest when you don’t exactly fit the job description? Here are some tips from Chris from MyCareerTools.com where they help student get a HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma), and teach them how to find a desirable job. If you are looking for practice tests and want to refresh your knowledge, check their website.
Use the resume to your advantage he says. Recently we weighed in about the usefulness of functional style resumes vs. chronological resumes.
Historically functional style resumes have been recommended for first time university/college/HSED graduates and for career changers.
The functional resume had it’s heyday in the 70’s as a clever way to display one’s skillset. Now they are seen as a ‘bluffing tactic’ a way to distract an employer from undesirable information such as gaps in work history. And it’s not unusual for that type of resume to end up in the shredder! Continue Reading