There are 2 (3?) kinds of resumes in the US -- chronological and functional (there's also hybrid, which is the kinda, sorta 3rd). I don't have too much time to go into detail about it right now, but the functional is the kind with the skills on top and is really only good for technical (IT, engineering, that sort of thing) types of positions.
Yeah it's the functional one that I'd never seen until I read up, that time, about resumes in the US and elsewhere and in other disciplines.
It's spreading, apparently, definitely not just for technical jobs, because I've seen several now -- they seem to emanate from the business/managerial type of perspective. Lists of what skills they claim to have ("outstanding communication skills", "managed complex projects", etc), illustrated, if you're lucky, with examples from workplace achievements ("streamlined the flow of..", "achieved 35% increase in.." etc).
The unchronologicalness (that's not a word) of it makes it very hard to get a grip of what someone's actually done
, what his work history's looked like, but it must be de rigueur, or becoming so, in parts of the commercial sector.
I think I also saw it recommended, in one of those guides, for if you're a young ambitious professional but you dont have much in the way of a beefy work experience yet. (It shows.)
CVs are mostly academic and are much, much more thorough than resumes. (For example, E.G.'s lists every major talk he's given and every paper he's published, and runs about 8 pages long... he's not expected to trim that, it's standard for his field.
Yeah there was a bunch of those in this batch, which was odd considering the kind of job we were advertising.
I guess it's because we appeal to people from all kinds of different disciplines, and they all write the application that is standard in their field. I mean, it's interesting too, definitely, all these completely varied experiences: journalists, PhD students, activists, people who are working in some government agency, there was a TV producer.. (many of them overqualified, but again thats probably because our name and because the modest pay is actually a nice extra if you're in Macedonia or the like.)
Yeah, so, it's fascinating, but ideally people would write a resume adapted to the conventions/standards of the job. This job is ambiguous enough to be tolerant, but otherwise, people..