The Three Resume Types

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There are three basic resume types: chronological, functional, and a combination or hybrid. Whether you’re writing your first resume or updating your resume for the hundredth time, it’s important to consider which format will work the best for you.

1. Chronological

When most people think of resumes, they think of the chronological resume. The chronological format should probably be called “reverse chronological format”, as it lists each job starting with the most recent and moving backwards.

The chronological format is designed to highlight the progression and growth of a professional life. This format is the most traditional. For the job hunter, this format is the easiest to write. For the employer, this format is the easiest to follow and read. Some employers will have only ever seen this type of resume, and may be a little thrown off by a different format.

However, the chronological format can deemphasize skills and personal strengths. Because it is focused on past jobs, it can make changing careers or employment tracks more difficult. The chronological format emphasizes time and dates, which can be a big disadvantage for anyone with short-term employment or employment gaps. This can be a particular drawback for anyone who has had to take time away from working due to illness or disability. …Click to read more…