Types of resumes

The style of your resume should complement your education, training, and job skills. Decide what resume format is best for you and how to create a resume in that chosen style by learning more about each choice.

By knowing what style of resume to use for your own job search, you better your chances of launching your career and finding a position that suits your skills and talents. These three choices are the most often preferred by today's job recruiters. You can devise a resume that is logical, assertive, and engaging by understanding how to format and use them in your own job search.


Chronological Resume

As its name implies, a chronological resume lists all of your information in chronological order. It starts by listing your work history in reverse chronological order. You should list your most recent or current job that you have first and then list the other jobs you have held in reverse chronological order until you have listed your work history for the prior 10 years.

Employers often prefer the chronological style of resume because it is easy to read and it reveals a comprehensive listing of your work history, job skills, education, and other credentials. You should know how to write a Chronological resume if you are:

  • An entry level worker or recent high school or college graduate
  • Making a vertical career move
  • Applying for a job in a similar field
  • Lacking in work experiences

Functional Resume

A functional resume highlights both your job skills and educational or professional experience. When you learn how to write a Functional resume, you can use it if you:

  • Have gaps in your work history
  • Frequently change careers
  • Want to change industries
  • Apply for middle management or professional positions like an executive or specialist

This resume style would not be ideal, however, if you are an entry level worker or you lack transferable job skills. You also may not use it if you want to make an upward career move or plan to seek a promotion.

Combination Resume

When you learn how to write a Combination resume, you are prepared to present yourself as the ideal candidate for a job by listing both your work history and your job skills. This resume style can include both a chronological listing of your work experiences as well as a professional profile of your skills and talents. It can be perfect for using when you:

  • Want to highlight relevant job skills you have for a job
  • Want to list your work experience first and skill sets and professional profile second
  • Want to apply for both management or professional jobs
  • Want to apply for a promotion or make an upward career move
  • Consider yourself to be a master of your talents or capabilities
  • Plan to transfer to a different industry

As with the functional style of resume, you should not use the combination resume style if you are an entry level worker or newly graduated from school. You also should avoid using if you lack specific job skills.