Get Ahead: Choose the Right Resume Format to Get You the Job

Step by Step guide on preparing to write a killer resume. Learn to choose the right resume format to fit your situation.
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2015 English

Course Description

This course on How to Choose a Resume Format is a combination of video and audio lectures combined with PDF writing examples. Don't forget to follow along with the provided worksheets such as the Brainstorming Guides. Those are gems to get your wheels turning.

I'm supplying you with the knowledge to choose the correct format as well as providing you with the tools to mold your resume into an effective first impression.

I kept the course brief but powerful. Job opportunities are not usually available for long. You have no time to waste fumbling over "How to" info if it's not actionable.

How to Choose a Resume Format is ideal for those looking to advance their career or just entering the workforce. A resume is the first impression an employer has of you, do not slack on it. Put your best foot forward.

What are the requirements?

  • A document program such as Open Office (free) or Microsoft Word. Gather your past work history, skills and accomplishements.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Determine the best, most effective resume format specifically geared toward the job you seek.
  • Prepare yourself to create an effective resume.
  • Learn the basic outlines for each resume format.
  • Write powerful statements grabbing the hiring manager's attention.
  • Use your own unique qualities to show value to the prospective employer.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is great for Professionals changing careers, recent graduates or for those looking to move up the corporate ladder.
  • This course is probably not for you if you are planning on hiring a professional resume writer.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Do This First
Overcoming a Blank Page
Section 2: Start Here

Sometimes the scariest part of putting together a resume is figuring out where to start. Learn about the three main resume formats and determine which format fits you best for the position you are currently seeking.

Following along with these videos will help you plan your resume writing process.


The purpose of the resume is to get you an interview. Knowing that, knowing what to expect as a result from submitting your resume, allows you to focus on tailoring your resume to the position you are seeking. Once you are offered the interview, impress the hiring manager and land the job. But, for now, focus on creating a relevant visualization for the hiring manager to recognize your qualifications for the job by outshining other applicants.

Many of us need visuals. Below is the same applicant, using 3 different formats: Reverse Chronological, Functional and Hybrid.

Section 3: Preparation

Preparation, whether it be prepping for a meal, job or anything else in life, is the key to succeeding. Take the time to gather both yourself and the information in order to plan your attack. I have provided a couple of helpful tidbits to get you moving in the right direction. Listen to the MP3 and use the PDF provided to get your gears going.

Section 4: Resume Sections

Use the Objective and Summary of Qualifications to grab the hiring manager's attention and keep them reading, allowing them to see why you are the one candidate for the position.


Elaborate on your accomplishments, keep your most relevant skills and qualities towards the top.


Functional Resume Formats down play the experience section and focus mostly on the skills section.

Reverse Chronological Formats use the experience section to promote their achievements and expertise.

The Hybrid Format uses the combination of the two to bring out their strengths.


The education section is usually the last section of most resumes.

Section 5: Supporting Documents
Omitting a cover letter from your job application appears unprofessional to your potential employer; having a well-written, personalized cover letter allows the employer to get an insight into who you are, how you communicate and how you present yourself as a professional.
Simple Guideline for How to Write a Good Cover Letter
Social Snapshot
Section 6: Functional Resume Format Sections
Functional Summary
Functional Accomplishments / Skills Section
Functional Work History
Functional Education Section
Section 7: Reverse Chronological Format Sections
Reverse Chronological Headline Section
Reverse Chronological Executive Summary Section
Reverse Chronological Employment Section
Section 8: Hybrid Format Sections
Hybrid Summary Section
Hybrid Employment Section
Hybrid Accomplishments
Hybrid Education

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Instructor Biography

Jesse Butler, Resume Writing and Recruiting Instructor on Udemy

After over 9 years of recruiting and writing resumes, I have obtained a solid understanding of what hiring managers are looking for. My primary focus is providing career and resume related article content and tutorials to help others achieve their career goals. As a recruiter, I know firsthand the skills and experience hiring managers seek and I am able to lessen my clients' anxiety by taking on, to them, an overwhelming task as a resume writer. For tips on career strategies, job search techniques, interview preparation and resume and cover letter writing see my books on the specific topics.

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