It’s a good idea to adapt the format of your resume to fit the type of job you’re applying for, the type of work you do and your career profile, or to change its emphasis if you’re moving into a different industry.
Here are the two main types of CV format most people use:
- Chronological resume: This format is the most common and is best used when you’re applying for a job in a similar industry to your current one. It lists your experience in chronological order, with your current or most recent job at the top.
You should give more space and detail to your more recent roles, when your most important achievements were likely made.
- Skills-based resume: Consider using this type of CV if you’re changing to a different industry or career path. It’s useful when you want to emphasise your transferable skills and abilities, rather than your career history.
List your achievements and key competencies ahead of your work history, and collect the best example situations from all your previous roles to illustrate your relevant skills for the specific job you’re applying for.
To ensure your resume is as relevant as possible use key words from the job ad as your starting point, linking your experience directly to the job’s requirements.