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How to Write a Quick Resume Today

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A resume sells your experience and skills to potential employers. When you create a quick resume, there are three major formats to consider, including a chronological resume, a functional resume or a combination resume. Using a template will help you create a quick resume.

Decide whether a chronological resume is right for you. A chronological resume lists your previous employment in chronological order. This format is the most widely used resume format, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. If you have a steady work history, this is a good format to choose.

Consider using a functional resume if you have gaps in your employment history. A functional resume highlights specific skills instead of individual employers. This format is also good for people who are changing careers because it allows them to focus on the experience most appropriate for the new career.

Decide if a combination resume is right for your situation. A combination resume removes the emphasis from employment history and focuses on attributes and skills acquired through a combination of experience (such as volunteer work and employment). This resume is good for disguising employment gaps or for people with very little work history.

Gather your information. You will, at the least, need approximate dates of employment for each job you have held, along with brief descriptions of your responsibilities. If you can quantify your achievements -- in other words, state the amount of money you saved or made for a former company through your achievements -- it is helpful.

Use a template to build a resume. The quickest way to build a resume is from an existing template. Go to the U.S. Department of Labor website, which has examples of chronological, functional and combination resumes. Find a link in the References section.

Solicit the help of a proofreader. Embarrassing grammatical errors and typos could land your resume at the bottom of the pile. Ask a couple of friends or coworkers to help you proofread your resume.

Tip

Hiring managers spend seconds reviewing resumes. Highlight your most impressive accomplishments first. This will capture their attention and convince them to learn more about you.

Warning

Don't forget to quantify your accomplishments. For example, saying that you improved your team's sales doesn't make a large impact on the reader. Instead, say that you grew sales by 60 percent over nine months.

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