The Three Types of Resume (Helpful Guide with Samples)

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Whether you’re writing your first resume or updating your resume for the hundredth time, it’s important to consider the different resume types and when to use them. There are three basic resume formats: chronological, functional, and a combination or hybrid. 

1. Chronological Resume

When most people think of resumes, they think of the chronological resume. The chronological format should probably be called “reverse chronological format”, as it lists each job starting with the most recent and moving backwards.

The chronological format is designed to highlight the progression and growth of a professional life. For the job hunter, this format is the easiest to write.

Most employers prefer the chronological resume type. For the employer, this format is the easiest to follow and read. Some employers will have only ever seen this type of resume, and may be a little thrown off by a different format.

However, the chronological format can deemphasize skills and personal strengths. Because it is focused on past jobs, it can make changing careers or employment tracks more difficult. The chronological format emphasizes time and dates, which can be a big disadvantage for anyone with short-term employment or employment gaps. This can be a particular drawback for anyone who has had to take time away from working due to illness or disability. …Click to read more…

Disability Rights and Employment: An Introductory Guide

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This guide is a brief introduction to standard disability employment rights. This guide is for informational purposes only, and is not legal advice. For questions about your personal employment situation or legal issue, consult an attorney.

What rights do employees with disabilities have?

Discriminating against employees or job applicants on the basis of disability is prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This protection against discrimination includes all aspects of employment, including the application process, hiring, firing, pay, and promotion.

Who is considered to have a disability?

A “disability” is an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. If you have a medical condition that negatively affects your ability to do activities such as walk, communicate, hear, see, or eat, then you may have a disability and be protected by the ADA. …Click to read more…

How disability accommodations help all your employees (Not just the ones with disabilities)

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All too often, employers are scared to hire people with disabilities because of the cost of accommodations. However, most accommodations are less than $500, and there are a variety of tax credits to help cover the cost. And there’s another reason to not fear accommodations: making disability accommodations can help all of your employees, whether they have disabilities or not.

Before we get to why, let’s define our terms.  An accommodation is an adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the hiring process.  Even if you have no employees with disabilities, you have probably already provided similar adjustments: letting employees work from home when their children are sick, adjusting schedules so an employee can go to school or a second job, or providing step ladders when employees are not tall enough to reach high shelves.  Disability-specific accommodations are really not that different.

Providing accommodations gives your organization the opportunity to reexamine how you do things.  An accommodation for one employee can be a test case to see if this new process, policy, or procedure should be the standard for your entire staff.  You may discover a way to make your staff more productive, or to reduce employee turnover.

Let’s look at some examples. …Click to read more…