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Choose the Right Resume Format

There are three basic resume formats/styles:

chronological, functional and combination (combined).

Choose the resume format/style that best highlights your strengths to employers.

Chronological Resume Format

The chronological resume lists your work history and focuses on where and how you learn your skills. It is effective to use this style when:

  • your last employer or school is well known
  • applying to very traditional companies
  • staying in the same industry
  • past job / leadership titles are impressive.

This resume format/style may not be effective when:

  • you have worked on and off
  • you have changed employers frequently
  • you have no previous work experience in your target field.

Functional Resume Format

The functional resume groups your skills and accomplishments, and focuses on "transferable skills" instead of listing specific jobs. This format is useful when:

  • you are changing careers
  • you are entering the job market for the first time
  • you have a variety of different, unrelated work experiences,

This resume format/style may not be effective when:

  • your accomplishments and capabilities are unclear
  • previous employers and job titles are impressive
  • your growth in a field needs to be demonstrated.

Combination (combined) Resume Format

The combination resume combines the best knowledge, skills and abilities from the chronological and functional styles by grouping positions and responsibilities under functional headings. It focuses on skills and the jobs in which they were developed. This style is effective when:

  • highlighting abilities not used in recent work experience
  • your skills and where you developed them are your greatest strengths
  • much of your work has been temporary, freelance or consulting.

This resume format/style may not be effective when:

  • you lack relevant work experience
  • your capabilities and accomplishments are unclear.

art_remember right resume format tipsCheck the spelling and grammar of your resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your resume, bring it to a professional for assistance.

Remember that your resume must be targeted and scannable because it:

  • Maximizes the computer's ability to "read" your resume.
  • Maximizes your ability to get hits.
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Other Right Resume Format Info

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Good luck with the right resume format!

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