DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESUMES: Which one should you use?

DIFFERENT TYPES OF RESUMES: Which one should you use?

Oh resumes… I’m sure the word itself is making many of you sigh in frustration. The resume is one of the key documents needed in your job search toolkit but yet one of the areas that many people struggle with for various reasons. Getting straight to the point and starting with the basics, we're going to be looking at the 3 formats of resumes that you can use while also look at a few of the existing pros and cons. If you're still unsure which format is right for you feel free to utilize some resume services available here.

#1 The Classic Chronological - Experienced

The most common and most preferred format for a resume is the chronological resume. This format is fairly easy to read and focuses primarily on your actual experience, which would include specific tasks and duties accompanied with previous employers. This is listed out in reverse chronological order (most recent to least)

*Best format for those who have work experience 1 or more jobs.


Most common and preferred format by employers

Easy to follow

Good for those with consistent timelines of employment


Gaps in employment and lack of relevant experience is easier to spot

Challenging for people transitioning into another career because of the existing industry specific experience

#2 The Functional - The Skills Based

The functional resume is more skills based and is usually used by individuals who do not have work experience - in other words students or people changing careers with irrelevant experience. Instead of focusing on your actual experience (since you don’t have any) this format speaks on general skills that can be transferred into the workplace. This is usually exhibited in three clusters/categories, which includes a header and skills listed in bullet points. For an example for the categories, three areas of focus could be Technical Skills, Communication skills and Leadership skills. Under each header, you would then begin to list relevant tasks or skills.


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