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Types of Resumes

So, how do you actually write this resume thing? After you’ve identified the position or employer your resume will be used for, choose the resume format that best meets your needs: 

Chronological resume

  • Lists your work history in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
  • A resume format preferred by many employers.
  • The preferred format for undergraduates to use.
  • Works best for those who have progressed in titles and have a good work history.

Functional resume

  • Centers around skill areas that relate to the position for which you’re applying.Works well for those with limited education, significant employment gaps, lack of work experience or experience in a different field. This format can be used both by recent grads and career changers.
  • Warning! This format isn’t well received by many employers for a variety of reasons.
  • If you’d like to use a functional format, seek assistance from a career adviser for feedback.
  • If you like the idea, but think it’s just a little too much, you might consider a combination resume.

Combination resume

  • Combines both detailed work history and skills.
  • Usually includes a “skills summary” or “highlights” section near the top.
  • Tip: Keep your skills section short, somewhere around four bullets.

Resume-zilla the mega-resume!

  • Once you’ve decided what type of format will work best for you, it’s time to start writing!
  • Begin by making a list of your skills, work experience, honors, awards, activities, internship experience, etc.
  • Include anything you think an employer would want to know.
  • Once you have this mega-resume, it will be easier to customize each resume for each employer, and include only relevant info.