How to Choose the Best Resume Format

What is the best resume format to use when writing your resume?

Here is information on how to select the best resume format for your work history, including choosing a chronological, a functional or combination resume format.

1. Chronological Resumes

Chronological Resume Sample

Chronological Resume Sample

A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first.

Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them.

This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work history.

Chronological resumes list your work history in reverse order. Start with your current or most recent job and work backwards.

2. Functional Resumes

Functional Resume Sample

Functional Resume Sample

Functional resumes highlight skills, experiences, and accomplishments, but omit specific dates, names, and places. Many employers don’t like this format. It makes them suspect that the person may be trying to hide something.

People have been known to use this type of resume to disguise age, a lack of career progression, underemployment, employment gaps, or too little relevant experience.

A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.

3. Combination Resumes

Combination Resume Sample

Combination Resume Sample

A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.

A combination resume blends the best parts of the chronological and the functional resumes. Use it to show off your skills instead of the specific positions you have held.

Once you have decided on a type of resume, generate a list of information to include on your resume, then compile the details to format your resume into a customized resume to send to employers.

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