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    Resume styling?

    So it's been ten years since I've had to do a resume. What's the current "style" that professionals use? The last I knew, we had an objective statement and then did a chronological listing of employment.

    Does anyone have a link to the latest and greatest style? I've been looking, but I'm seriously clueless. I just need to attach it to a city application, so it's not going out far and wide.

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    I think the chronological style is still preferred in most governments. The only "new" resume style that I know is the hybrid style, but I wouldn't say that it's preferred.
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    We haven't seen as many objective statements lately. Instead people are doing a few bullet points if skills summary.

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    Thanks you guys. I figured I couldn't go wrong with the old style, but I just wanted to double check. I review applications at my current job, but it's all online stuff and we aren't allowed to look at the resume.

    Thanks again!!

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    Chronological is still preferred, but if you have gaps, there are other styles that are also acceptable if you need them. You don't need to have an "objectives" statement at all, if you don't want to. I prefer resumes without them.

    A skills section isn't a bad idea, as others mentioned, but it's not required. Chronological is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    We haven't seen as many objective statements lately. Instead people are doing a few bullet points if skills summary.
    ^^^THIS

    I'm job hunting and have worked with two resume writers and both of them did this.
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    Glad to hear it about the objective statement. I always want to put: to find a job I don't hate that pays more than I make now.

    I mean, what else are we all really looking for when it comes down to it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christina View Post
    Glad to hear it about the objective statement. I always want to put: to find a job I don't hate that pays more than I make now.

    I mean, what else are we all really looking for when it comes down to it?
    I agree with that, but I'd add - the ability to move around when you want, as long as you get your job done. In fact, just give me the job and a deadline and I'm happy. That way I choose when to take a break, when to eat, and if I can squeeze in two hours to skate at lunchtime.

    Prefer chronological myself, for resumes. Also to read them.

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    After you read any advice in a resume book or online, you will then encounter the completely opposite idea. It's frustrating.

    In the end, try to read your resume as if you're reading someone else's. Is it clear? Is it too wordy? Boring? Show-offy? Believable? Cleanly designed? And finally, put yourself into the reality of most recruiters and managers: "Can I get the gist of it if I glance at it for 10 seconds?"

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    I edit resumes and really don't like the sentence/quasi sentence structure used in some objective statements. To me it's too wordy and there is too little white space, but I gather that this wordiness is currently in vogue.

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    ^^ So what do you think of an objective line that just says "seeking a position as an administrative assistant" when you are obviously applying for secretary jobs. Is that too, uhm ... lame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaileyCatts View Post
    ^^ So what do you think of an objective line that just says "seeking a position as an administrative assistant" when you are obviously applying for secretary jobs. Is that too, uhm ... lame?
    I don't think it's lame but would tigthen it up to 'as administrative assistant position' and then add which something like 'which allows me to develop my time management and organizational skills'.

    I think people reading resumes prefer as little text as possible and a visually appealing format - and too little white space isn't visually appealing.

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    I've never put an objective on my resume. Hello, I'm applying for the job posted. To be hired for the job is my objective! A cover letter mentioning the company and position specifically should be more than sufficient, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quintuple View Post
    "Can I get the gist of it if I glance at it for 10 seconds?"
    I think that is the key. What is this particular job about? Do they want experience and skills or education and certification? Specific proficiencies or general competence? Whatever they want, that goes up top, in whatever form you do it.

    But that is, I believe, why the chronological resume is still preferred--it's familiar (and thus easy to read) and it details experience, which is usually key.

    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Iadd which something like 'which allows me to develop my time management and organizational skills'.
    I wouldn't add that . I want them to know that I already HAVE time management and organizational skills, not that I want to develop them OTJ. I'd also never use a non-restrictive clause in an objective.

    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    I've never put an objective on my resume.
    I have, but I don't think anyone reads them. I think the thinking there is to demonstrate that you have a specific goal in mind and aren't just applying for the job because it's there--even if everyone knows that, really, you are.
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    I think the "rules" are different depending on amount of work experience. For those just starting out, the most common is summary, education, and paid/non-paid work experience in reverse chronological order. For "late career" folks and anyone over 40 with significant work experience, it goes summary, functional experience, reverse chronological list of paid work in the last 15 years, degrees and certifications. Everyone else, the advice upthread is good.
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    I prefer chronological resumes. The ones that I hate are the ones that are clearly trying cover gaps in employment by just describing skills. Gaps are not a problem. Just explain. It is going to come out anyway when you fill out the application for employment.
    I have just redone my resume as I am now officially looking again. I still love the clinical work so much, but the working conditions are

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    Actually, I've gotten a lot more feedback/interviews since I added an objective statement. So you never know.

    I had an interview yesterday, and one of the people interviewing me actually said "Nice resume!" which I thought was kinda cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    I don't think it's lame but would tigthen it up to 'as administrative assistant position'
    That's not grammatically correct though. I'd put you in the NO pile for that. (I did a lot of screening at my last job and phone interviews too.)

    Just leave the objective off. It's not required any more and most of the time resume readers use the objective to disqualify you... like when you clearly haven't edited to to match the job you are applying for so your objective is to do something else than this job. A summary statement is more useful because you get to highlight what you want to highlight and that can tell the employer a lot about you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    I've never put an objective on my resume. Hello, I'm applying for the job posted. To be hired for the job is my objective! A cover letter mentioning the company and position specifically should be more than sufficient, IMO.
    As I understand it the purpose for the objective statement is to provide more detail with regard to the goal of being hired for the job - to highlight a few key strengths the candidate can bring to the position and what the candidate wants from the position. For example, you can mention 'opportunity for advancement' or a long-term goal. It addresses why the candidate is a match.

    I personally think a resume is fine without an objective statement, but it seems that is the trend these days.

    I wouldn't add that . I want them to know that I already HAVE time management and organizational skills, not that I want to develop them OTJ.
    I think it's appropriate when a candidate is fresh out of school, has no work experience, and is applying for an entry level position. 'Develop' denotes an intention to improve, which is desirable in many cases (makes the candidate look gung-ho). 'Further develop' or 'refine' are also alternatives and if someone has a lot of experience/proven skills, 'apply' might be all that's needed.

    It would also be appropriate if applied to a specific use of skills that is new to the candidate.

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    I would use "further develop" or "use my extensive [skills]" for someone who already has experience in a similar position. I agree that there's nothing wrong with saying you want to develop skills you've already acquired - it shows initiative and a commitment to continually being good in the job.

    Re the objectives, I like them if they actually have something to say that's relevant to the position and the person applying. They totally annoy me when they say things like "to contribute to the organization through teamwork" when the job posting states that the job has a lot of autonomy and the person works pretty much independently, or where the job posting says nothing about the organization being built around teams. Or when they say things like "to use my excellent communication skills" - I mean, come on, is someone actually going to say their communication skills are anything other than excellent? Or when they say "excellent communication skills" and the rest of the resume has typing and grammatical errors
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