Different Resume Types

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Choosing the correct resume type is critical to resume success. The resume type you choose should fit in with your career development plan. It should enable you to effectively build your resume around your targeted profession and career objectives to showcase your particular competencies and accomplishments relevant to the profession or job you are targeting. The basic types of resumes include chronological, functional, combination, or targeted resume.

There are different resume types to suit different job applying situations. While writing a resume, you must be aware of which resume type will be most suitable for the position you intend to apply to.

Chronological Resume Format

A chronological resume is written in reverse chronological order which starts with your work history, and your most recent position first, then the second most recent job and so on. This resume type focuses on the work history of jobseekers. Employers prefer this type of resume because it’s easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. The chronological resume is ideal if you have a solid and strong work history. It doesn’t work very well for jobseekers who are trying to make a career change, or for those who do not have on-the-job experience.

Functional Resume Format

A functional resume focuses on your skills, experience and accomplishments. If you have long gaps in employment or want to change careers, you write a functional resume to list your skills that are transferable and can apply to many different jobs. They let you emphasize volunteer or civic experience, training, or education. The functional resume is not usually the favourite resume type among employers because it is more difficult to read. Here are some conditions where a functional resume is best suited for:


  • You are switching careers.
  • Your related experience is not your most recent job.
  • You have gaps in your work history.
  • You have not worked recently.
  • You are just entering the job market.

Combination Resume Format

A combination resume combines the elements of a chronological and a functional resume. Therefore, you showcase your skills and experience first, followed by your work history. The combination resume allows you to 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.

Targeted Resume Format

A targeted resume is one that is tailored to the position that you are applying for and only highlights the relevant skills, experience and work history. It can follow any of the formats mentioned above. It takes more time and effort to write a targeted resume, but it’s worth it if you are applying for a position that is a perfect match for your qualifications and work experience.

During the consultation, after we have quickly reviewed your resume and job advertisement, we can tell you which resume type will work best for your unique situation. That’s one of the complimentary services we offer to our clients.

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