Types of Resume

There are a few great options for structuring your resume, and you should pick one depending on your work history and your strengths. Below are descriptions and linked examples of the different structures you could choose.

Posted
November 4, 2020

Types of Resume

There are a few great options for structuring your resume, and you should pick one depending on your work history and your strengths. Below are descriptions and linked examples of the different structures you could choose.

Posted
November 4, 2020

Chronological

A chronological resume is the most common resume format. This format allows employers to see a quick snapshot of your employment history, while seeing your most recent work right at the top. Use a chronological resume if you have extensive work history that pertains to the field in which you are applying. Below your header, resume title, summary, and optional list of relevant skills, simply list your work history in chronological order, starting with the most recent job down to your earliest job.


Functional

A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience before your job history. If you have gaps in your work history, are in the middle of career transition, have limited work experience, or a diverse work background with no clear career path, this could be very effective for you. When just beginning your career, it is best to choose a functional resume, which highlights skills over linear job experience.

Start your resume with your header, resume title, summary, and optional list of relevant skills.

Organize the resume by key strength. This could mean a skill or qualification, such as “Recruiting Experience” or “Human Resources Experience.” Instead of listing out your experience by employment, you are organizing your experiences into categories.

List your work experience below your skills. Simply include the company and the dates of employment. Including this at the bottom of your resume allows your skills to shine.

Mention relevant projects. For example, a teacher might include curriculum development as a project.


Combination/Hybrid

Combination resumes allow you to detail your skills, while also including a chronological list of your work history. This is best used if you would like to display your most relevant skills, qualifications, and experience, but still highlight your work history. This is a great option for those wishing to change career paths because a combination resume allows you to emphasize extensive skills, while not calling attention to a lack of experience in the career path you wish to change to.

In the first section, list skills, achievements, and qualifications. Catch the eye of the employer by emphasizing skills relevant to the job for which you are applying. This is a great place to include resume keywords.

In the second section, titled “Professional Experience,” include a timeline of previous employment.

Be sure to include the following:

  • Job Title
  • Name of the Company
  • Dates

Additional Resource: Sample Resumes
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