If you are in the point of looking for a job, you need to write your qualifications in a paper for hiring officers to see. And there are many ways to do it, you can create a bio-data, generic resume or you can create a professional resume.

Among these three choices, creating a professional resume will help you get the attention of hiring officers. But the question is, “Do you know how to create a professional resume?” or at least “Have you seen one”? It is a mystery to most job seekers what a professional resume is, especially to those who are new in job search.

What a Professional Resume is Not

professional resume vs common resume

  1. Bio-data. A professional resume is not a bio-data. Even though both are used for applications, resumes usually do not have personal information. Why? Because it encourages discrimination. Professional resumes focus on qualifications and relate why the applicant is the best candidate for the job. The exemption is if you are applying for a job from other countries where you need to include your personal information because of the country’s resume standard. In this case, applicants should use “curriculum vitae” instead.
  2. Job history. Many applicants think that a professional resume is just a list of their previous jobs. This is not true, although resumes should have previous jobs, it will destroy the applicant’s chance in getting the job if he/she will not include relevant accomplishments and qualifications relevant for the position applied for.
  3. Generic. A professional resume differs from a generic resume. A generic resume is a single resume used to apply for different positions. Although this is convenient, this is not  effective. In the current state of competitive applications, if you use the same resume for all of the job you are applying for, you will engage yourself in a longer job hunt.
  4. Curriculum Vitae. This is a matter of standard in your country. Australia, India and South Africa use the term resume and curriculum vitae interchangeably; but in the United States and in the Philippines, resume differs from curriculum vitae (CV). Curriculum vitae is a latin term meaning “course of life” and is usually longer than a professional resume. Academic positions and positions that involve significant research usually require curriculum vitae while non-academic and corporate positions are fine with resume. To give you a much deeper comparison between the two, here is a face-off between Curriculum Vitae and Resume.

Read: Top Resume Blunders


Professional Resume is

functional resume

  1. Marketing tool. Your resume is the best marketing tool you will ever have. It is an advertising and marketing campaign designed to sell one thing—YOU.
  2. Concise. A professional resume is concise. It means that it should contain all the necessary information using the least number of words.
  3. Clutter-free. A professional resume is free from clutter. Your resume will reflect your quality of work so never allow a typo or a grammatical error in your resume.
  4. Targeted. A resume is professional if it is tailored for a specific job. You must know that different job requires different skills.
  5. Appropriate. A resume is professional if it is appropriate for the industry and the position applied for. It should be designed and formatted wherein the position applied for is importantly considered.

Read: How to Create a Professional Resume


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Founder & Writer at Inforati Philippines
Zarex Alvin Daria is an Entrepreneur, Professional Resume Writer and Career Service Professional Passer. He is an advocate of self-taught learning and is the head of Amazingness of Inforati Philippines.
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