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April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

The 3 Primary Resume Formats

Did you make the right choice? This simple layout explanation will help you better understand the types of resumes, and which one is best suited to you.

CHRONOLOGICAL RESUME

The Chronological Resume is the most widely used and accepted resume format. This resume layout arranges your work history chronologically. Accomplishments and responsibilities are linked to specific jobs and dates.

Key Points

- Chronological Resumes are not for those with long gaps in their work history or are seeking a career change.

- Focuses on relevant experience gained from past employment, showing career progression within the industry.

- Best Suited for those who have a history of career progression with 1-4 companies.

FUNCTIONAL RESUME

Unlike a Chronological Resume, the Functional Resume focuses on your skills and experience relevant to the sought after position. The Functional Resume is most beneficial to those with significant gaps in work history, as it allows you to hide this information from potential employers. Functional Resumes are also a great choice for those who have more education than experience or are seeking a drastic career change. Individuals who do not have a gap in work history, or a position better forgotten should not use this format, as employer too know about the "benefits" of this layout.

Key Points

- Functional Resumes are great for those who have a large gap in employment history, are changing careers, or have more education than experience

- Functional Resumes should be avoided by those who are seeking a position within the same career field and have a record of progression within the industry.

- Recruiters, Employers, and Interviewers are well aware that Functional Resumes are often chosen by those with something to hide.

COMBINATION RESUME

A Combination Resume, as the name suggests, combines the best features of the Functional and Chronological Resume. This does not mean that it is better! Combination Resumes allow applicants to highlight their achievements and skills, in one portion of the resume, while showing a chronological work history in another section. The greatest drawback of the Combination Resume is that it creates confusion as to the origins of the described experience. Simply put, it does not allow employers to see how recent your relevant experience is, or at which company/position you gained this experience.

Key Points

• Combination Resumes provide a chronological history as well as a section describing relevant skills and accomplishments.

• Combination Resumes are a great choice for those seeking to change careers, as it allows the showcase of relevant skills, while providing a history of career progression.

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