How to Format a Resume

resume format

Your unique set of skills, training and experience will determine how to format
your resume.  Typically, one of three basic resume formats is appropriate: Chronological, Functional, or Combination.


Chronological Resume Format

A chronological resume lists your work history with the most recent position indicated first and proceeds in reverse order to the oldest position.  This resume format works well for job seekers with a solid, consistent work history.  Most employers prefer this format for its clear overview of your career progression including new and varied responsibilities, and dates of employment.

Functional Resume Format

Rather than focus on work history, a functional resume lists skills and qualifications only.  This format is the preferred option for job seekers who have held several unrelated jobs over a short amount of time.  It’s also appropriate for new entrants to the workforce, those who have been unemployed for some time and career change situations where you want to highlight your training and skills while downplaying your experience.    

Combination Resume Format

A combination, or hybrid resume, leads with a concise resume summary followed by your employment history.  This flexible format allows you to emphasize your strong credentials upfront while still providing the work history employers like to see.  The summary is your chance to really grab your future employer’s attention.  In order to make an outstanding first impression, use targeted language that proves you’re knowledgeable and up to the task.

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