When job seekers are presenting a resume of their professional life, it is often a blur of times and dates which have no meaning to a reader/employer looking through dozens or hundreds of similar resumes. The tasks are always the same submitting a resume:
Presenting the employer with a timeline resume can be surprisingly effective in meeting these tasks and may be just the tool you need to land your next job.
Generally, a standard resume could be considered a chronology – a text-based list of events in your professional career, organized by time of occurrence. You’ve seen these boring resumes… and so has every employer. He probably has a stack of them on his desk right now. A timeline resume would expand on the normal text-based design by using a graphic-based approach. With Timeline Maker software, you can easily create this style of graphic and add some excitement and creativity to your resume.
You definitely want to dress the part. There may be jobs and employers who want a traditional resume and going against this norm could hurt your chances of getting an interview. But for any job that requires creativity or attention to detail, a timeline could really set you apart. Some users of Timeline Maker try to cut through the red tape of facts and show the whole picture at a glance. One user, a police investigator, showed his skill of preparing a case timeline by using a timeline chart of his professional history in his own resume! He got the job.
Another user, a businessman and lifetime Lions Club volunteer, wanted to present his background at a glance. He wanted to show the skills he had developed both in business and community service. Turns out, when put together on a timeline inside a resume, they showed a unique life history that crossed several skill sets and gave him the image he wanted to portray. Below is the timeline he used (some information was changed to keep it anonymous):
An example of a timeline resume that was created by a Timeline Maker user.
So how do you make a timeline-based resume? As mentioned above, Timeline Maker software is a great option for creating your timeline. Also, lucky for you, Timeline Maker is available as a free trial here. For my example, I will be using a resume template from Microsoft Word and replacing the work experience section with a timeline graphic. Follow these simple steps to create your own timeline resume:
Timeline Maker’s data entry screen. Enter your work experience into the event name with a start date.
Timeline Maker allows two type of charts – bar chart or flag chart.
A standard resume built from a Word template vs a timeline resume with a graphic from Timeline Maker.
Of the two resumes above, which one is more likely to grab an employer’s attention? A timeline-based resume. New. Different. And it may just get you in the door for an interview.