One of the first misconceptions that people hold about the use of resumes is that they are never actually read, especially when there are online application forms to be filled out. While this cannot be proven either way, I do know from my own experience as a professional writer that most recruiters do look at the resumes received because it provides a general overview of the candidate's attention to, or lack thereof, details such as the style and type of writing.
But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume copy be uploaded for review.
In some sectors, particularly in the startup community, use of traditional resume has seen a consistent decline. While standalone resumes are still used to apply for jobs, job-seekers may also view their resumes as one of a number of assets which form their personal brand and work together to strengthen their job application. In this scenario, resumes are generally used to provide a potential employer with factual information (e.g., achievements), while the social media platforms give insight into the job-seekers' motivations and personality.
In using this format, the main body of the document becomes the Professional Experience section, starting from the most recent experience and moving chronologically backwards through a succession of previous experience. The reverse chronological resume works to build credibility through experience gained, while illustrating career growth over time and filling all gaps in a career trajectory. A chronological resume is not recommended to job seekers with gaps in their career summaries. In the United Kingdom the chronological resume tends to extend only as far back as the applicant's GCSE/Standard Grade qualifications.
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