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Old 12-22-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I have been listing my relevant experience chronologically on my resume. (Note: Relevant experience. I don't have a full job history on my resume). At least for right now, the experience that is most pertinent to the jobs I'm applying to is stuff I did six months ago and beyond.

What do you do? Chronologically or most important?

My resume's only a page long, but I realize if HMs or HR people don't see something juicy quickly, my application gets passed by.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:24 PM
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chronologically, current job first

they want to know the time frames
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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Chronologically on the resume, but I'd certainly use the cover letter to highlight my most important skills/experience. Also, do you have something like a "summary of qualifications" section at the top of the resume? That would also give you an opportunity to customize and highlight your top skills.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Chronologically on the resume, but I'd certainly use the cover letter to highlight my most important skills/experience. Also, do you have something like a "summary of qualifications" section at the top of the resume? That would also give you an opportunity to customize and highlight your top skills.
I have a list of equipment skills and software skills at the bottom (I'm looking for jobs in TV/video production. Proficiency with specific types of equipment is necessary)
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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I have a list of equipment skills and software skills at the bottom (I'm looking for jobs in TV/video production. Proficiency with specific types of equipment is necessary)
You have it backwards. Don't bury the important skills at the bottom. They might not make it to the bottom, before they hit delete. You have 6 seconds to catch their attention.

Here is an article from Dice that makes the same point.

What Recruiters Look For in a 6-Second Resume Scan - Dice News

Note: Disregard the advice in the article to use a professional to write your resume. They have not helped me at all.
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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You have it backwards. Don't bury the important skills at the bottom. They might not make it to the bottom, before they hit delete. You have 6 seconds to catch their attention.

Here is an article from Dice that makes the same point.

What Recruiters Look For in a 6-Second Resume Scan - Dice News

Note: Disregard the advice in the article to use a professional to write your resume. They have not helped me at all.
Dully noted.

I've only ever had someone from career services look over my very first resume to fulfill a resume-writing assignment several years ago.

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Old 12-22-2013, 05:46 PM
 
Location: FROM Dixie, but IN SoCal
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chronologically, current job first

they want to know the time frames
To be precise, that is called "reverse chronology".

OP, what you may wish to consider is a "blended" resume. Put your relevant skills and experience up-front, as a sort of "Skills Summary" or "Profile." You can then follow this with a much-abbreviated list of your jobs/employers in reverse chronological order.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:17 PM
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To be precise, that is called "reverse chronology".

OP, what you may wish to consider is a "blended" resume. Put your relevant skills and experience up-front, as a sort of "Skills Summary" or "Profile." You can then follow this with a much-abbreviated list of your jobs/employers in reverse chronological order.
skills summaries are often overlooked due to the nature of what people claim to be skilled at. if you do add this section, do so honestly...there is no way you are skilled a million different things. i would recommend 3-5 things. the only reason they would be helpful is if your resume is found by using some sort of keyword finder
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Back to equipment and software qualifications: Should I put my education before or after my equipment and software qualifications? Off all the jobs I've applied for, I think I can count on one hand the number of jobs that did not require a college degree, so I'm thinking it should go near the top, but I'm open to suggestions.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:12 AM
 
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The placement of education is subjective.

For recent graduates, it is common to put it at the top. The education would trump their limited experience.

After years of experience, there is enough relevant work experience to keep it at the top. Education can go on the bottom.

I do not include an education section in my recent job hunt, but I still got a 30-40% response rate. I have years of experience in the corporate world, but I have no degree.

I always do some minor customization for each job post. Rearrange the order, so that the requested skills in the job post are at the top and the left. I will rearrange bullet points in each job summary also. You need to capture your audience's attention with the first line.
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