Form Over Function - A Majority of Executives Surveyed Prefer Chronological
Resumes From Job Seekers

TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - When it comes to crafting the perfect resume, a "top-down" approach is still employers' favourite, a recent survey confirms. Six out of 10 (61 per cent) hiring managers interviewed said they prefer a chronological resume with the most recent work history first over those organized by job function and skills.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 100 senior executives across Canada.

Senior executives were asked, "Do you prefer to receive a resume written in a chronological format that is organized by dates of employment, or one in a functional format that is organized by skills?" Their responses:

    
    Chronological......................................................   61%
    Functional.........................................................   18%
    No preference......................................................   20%
    Don't know.........................................................    1%
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                                                                         100%
    

"Most employers prefer a chronological resume, where a job seeker's career progression is outlined in a clear and easy-to-follow format," said Kathryn Bolt, president of Accountemps' Canadian operations. "While professionals who are in a transition or have lengthy gaps in employment may favour functional resumes, they should keep in mind that most employers still would rather see the work history presented in a chronological format and any career challenges addressed directly."

    
    Accountemps offers advice for avoiding the following common resume
hurdles:

    -   Employment gaps. Offer a brief explanation of employment gaps in your
        cover letter. In this economic environment, hiring managers
        understand people could be out of work through no fault of their own.

    -   Limited work history. Bolster your work experience through
        internships, part-time work or temporary assignments obtained through
        a reputable staffing firm. Don't forget to include relevant volunteer
        activities in the work experience section of your resume.

    -   Appearing overqualified. Provide a summary of pertinent skills and
        strengths at the top of your resume, in addition to a chronological
        listing of your work experience. Emphasize and quantify how you've
        contributed to bottom-line success in previous jobs and how that
        experience would apply to a prospective employer's needs.

    -   Desire for a career change. Highlight your accomplishments and skills
        that would best transfer to the new industry. Make sure to enlist the
        help of your network of friends, former colleagues and mentors who
        can recommend you for job openings in the field.
    

Accountemps has more than 360 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com.

SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: For further information: Kristie Perrotte, (416) 350-2330, kristie.perrotte@rhi.com


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