If you have some work experience, such as a part-time job as the editor of your school paper, you should use the chrono-functional resume format, which by the way is the one that I use for myself. Recruiter and interviewer like to see some kind of work history, even if it doesn't relate to your job objective because it demonstrates that you have a good work ethic. the chronological is good for listing your employment and your job duties. An Interviewer like the short sentences to read because they are easier to find your skills. The qualifications is also good for a short list of one or two words each and that way the one
reading can zero in on whether you might be a good candidate.
The functional part of the resume has to do with: a short objective such as: "A career in Public Relations". also sometimes your experience can be shown with a couple of sentences which give the reader an idea of what you did; then underneath this you can use skills in chronological order to show the reader how you will fit into the company and this is easier to read. If your most recent job has skills that you would be using for the job you are sending your resume for then a short couple of sentences would be good to write about this job and be sure and mention the skill that would transfer to this new job. the other job you put on the resume can be done in chronological order with dates, name of company and position that you held. You can also put dots before each skill that you have. The Education area can also be chronological listing dates of each school; if you received a degree or certificate; you should list name and the dates.
The Chrono-functional is the easiest way to form a good resume and the easiest for the reader, but you have options to make it all Chronological or functional. Function is more difficult to write and take more time to read. When listing job duties under your experience you should focus on your accomplishments and achievements, even if they are small. Example: Lifeguards at a busy beach established recycling program for bottles and cans. That is a great accomplishment and show that you are very resourceful and has good thought processes.
If I were you I would pick up a good resume book at the library or search on line for some samples so you can see the difference between the two and decide which is best for you. Remember don't put anything personal on your resume such as age, weight, race, religion and others, and don't put references on your resumes, bring an extra paper with your references. You should also only list your hobbies and interest if they are in direct relevance to the type of job you are seeking.
I use the Essential Job search and Resume writing book by Laura Morin. There are many others that are good also.
I wish you the best in deciding which resume you prefer, but remember think about the reader and which one would be easier for that person to find out who you are. Do a little research to see which way is best for you. Please let me know if you have any other question.
This is the way I would usually set up a resume:
Name, address and city, phone and email go in the left hand corner or in the middle up on top of the page. Each has a line of its own.
- Qualifications Summary
- Education or Experience (If you are a new Grad Education should come next with name of school, date and degree. or if experience is more recent then that comes next and the education came come after the experience.
- Awards can come next especially if they are related to the job.
- Activities or clubs; and if you help an office for this club.