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Resume Writing Tips and Secrets

Typically the resumes that we review and critique from our resort job seeekers have a variety of past work experience and are a bit transitional. Many resort job seekers enjoy traveling and working in a variety of resort environments which alludes to inconsistency and lack of commitment. Yet if you are a proven, professional, skilled seasonal resort employee mention it in the heading of your resume so the employer knows that this is the lifestyle that you have chosen.

Remember that your resume is the first impression you will make on a potential employer. It is your own personal sales tool so make it shine. Mention your objective in the opening paragraph and sell your skills in the second paragraph or core skill set area. Most employers will lose interest if you don’t “grab them” from the get go. The rest of your resume can back up what your initial statements/core skill set shows.

Choosing a Resume Format

Next you must determine what type of resume format to use. There are three basic types: chronological, functional, and a combination of the two. The following sections will explain what each of these types are and when to choose one type over another.

Chronological Resume

The chronological resume is probably the one with which most people are familiar. On it, work experience is listed in reverse chronological order (most recent job first). The period of time during which you were employed is listed first, followed by the name of the employer and then the employer's location. A description for each job is also included. Following work history is a section on education. If you have worked seasonally for different employers, list the seasons worked. For example, winter seasons 1993-94. This may help explain the months off between seasons.

Functional Resume

A functional resume categorizes skills by function, emphasizing your abilities. This is useful if you are switching employers or changing careers and want to show how you can transfer your skills. It is important to show prospective employers what you can offer them. A functional resume does just that. A functional job objective is given first, followed by several paragraphs, each discussing a different job function. Examples of functions are: Supervision and Management, Accounting, F&B Management roles. Begin with the one you want to emphasize most.

Combination Resume

A combination resume is exactly what it sounds like — it combines a functional resume with a chronological one. An objective is listed at the top, after your name and address, of course. Following that are paragraphs describing job functions. A section titled "Employment Experience" comes next. That is where the chronological part of the resume comes in. List employers and dates in this section. Do not offer further descriptions here as you have already described your abilities in the functional part of this resume. This is a useful format if you are changing careers but have a solid employment history.

Additional Resources

If you are in Steamboat Springs, CO, consider attending the Resume Writing Workshop sponsored by the Colorado Workforce Center and Resort Recruiters.

If you need some assistance or a review of your current resume, shoot it over to us at jobs@resortrecruiters.com. We would be happy to help!