Mass production may be suitable for nuts and bolts; however it sure is not the right method to create your resume. This is what the resume mills or factories do - produce resumes that all look the same. When a prospective employer receives hundreds of applications and your resume is similar to the majority of them the impression created is not good enough to warrant an interview. Most likely it will not even be viewed.
The template of the resume which is actually the outline or the structure of the resume decides the positioning of every element of the resume. If this positioning is clear and clean with an equal weightage given to every element it appears that there is a flow in the format and so the resume appears attractive. Such a resume neither looks like a piece of art which shows that you were keen about the outline of the resume rather than the content nor does it appear as an essay.
Avoid being vague If you have references include them. Dont say available upon request. If you have gaps in employment explain them clearly. They will probably come up in the interview anyways. Being prepared in advance by giving complete information in your resume is better than being caught off guard in the interview or worse skipped over all together.
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.
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