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Occupational information—if you’re thinking about moving into a different field of work • Make initial contact with the person. If you don’t know the person, introduce yourself and say who referred you. Use the Contact tracking worksheet to keep track of your calls. • industry information—if you’re planning to target your work search to a specific industry • Briefly explain the kind of information you’re looking for. • information about a specific employer—if you want to target a particular company or organization.
Identifying the right person to talk to If you’re making a cold call (a call to a prospective employer without a referral or a contact name), use these suggestions to help you identify who you should talk to: • be polite • keep your calls and emails short and to the point. If you’re prepared and professional, people will be more likely to tell you what they know and refer you to others who may also be able to help you. TIP Tips for successful information interviews: • Call or arrive on time. • If you’re contacting employers in person, call ahead and ask who has hiring authority for your type of work.
However, if you’re planning to change careers or industries, a functional or a combination resumé will highlight your relevant skills. The following chart compares the three resumé types. The following section will help you choose the best resumé format, create a master resumé and tailor your resumé to show employers that you meet or exceed their criteria. 38 Advanced Techniques for Work Search © Alberta Employment and Immigration What type of resumé should you use? Advantages Disadvantages Use to… Chronological • looks most familiar • highlights employment history • can show consistent employment or upward mobility in same field or industry • highlights prior positions, employers • exposes potential barriers like gaps in employment, frequent job changes, lack of experience or career progress • highlights employment history rather than skills • highlight a steady work history that relates directly to position applied for • apply for a position in a more traditional field such as teaching or government work Functional • emphasizes skills and accomplishments • provides plenty of scope for tailoring to reflect employer’s needs • de-emphasizes gaps in employment history and barriers to employment such as little previous experience in a particular field or frequent job changes • does not appeal to most Canadian employers • highlights skills rather than employment history • requires that you know what skill areas employer would be interested in • change careers or industry • re-enter the labour market after time away • emphasize strong skills developed in unpaid settings such as volunteer work • seek a permanent position after doing contract or freelance work Combination • combines the best features of both the chronological and the functional resumé • highlights skills as well as condensed employment history • provides more flexibility for tailoring than does the chronological format • minimizes potential barriers like gaps in employment and lack of directly related experience • can be confusing if not well written • de-emphasizes experience with specific employers • may require more time and focus to organize • balance the emphasis between relevant skills and employment history Advanced Techniques for Work Search © Alberta Employment and Immigration 39 Part 2: Preparing Your Marketing Tools Resumé Type Example: Chronological resumé Part 2: Preparing Your Marketing Tools A chronological resumé highlights your employment background, education and training in reverse chronological order, placing your most recent or current experience first.