There are several different types of CVs or resumes, but the most commonly used is the chronological CV.
The chronological CV lists your work experience in chronological order starting with your most recent experience. It is good for demonstrating a continuity of work experience when you have not had any gaps in your employment history.
For each position, include your major achievements and results to demonstrate your competencies, skills and knowledge. Always keep your target job in mind and emphasise your competencies, achievements and results which are relevant to it.
While writing a good CV is never easy, the chronological CV is probably the easiest to write. You give relevant information about the last three or four positions held, and summarise any older jobs even if they relate to your target job. After that you briefly outline your education.
If you are putting your CV on an online job site or a business social network, think of the key words a recruiter or company would use to search for candidates for your target job. Include these key words in your CV.
A chronological CV is good for:
– showing continuous work experience
– highlighting your current or most recent job
A chronological CV is not good for:
– changing sectors
– entering the job market for the first time
– returning to the job market after not working for a period of time
Remember that regardless of the type of CV you have, if your message is not clear, your CV will not get you the job you want. Your CV is a sales document that sells you to a potential employer; make sure it sells you as well as possible.