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Resumé Formats

There are several different types of resumés. It is important to choose the type that will show your knowledge, skills and experiences best. The following table contains a brief overview of common types of resumés, including their advantages and disadvantages.

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Resumé Type Overview Advantages Disadvantages
Chronological Highlights job experience with most recent first. Good for strong, consistent work history. Highlights gaps, job-hopping, irrelevant experience, and transitions. Use the Chronological format view a sample
Functional Highlights strengths and hides weaknesses. Incorporates experiences other than work; downplays employment gaps because of project or contract work. Employers may distrust these or can backfire. Use the Functional format view a sample
Combination Allows you to sort and highlight skills while offering chronological detail.

It is the most widely used style.
Can help people with limited work experience highlight their skills first. Gaps in work history and job-hopping are still apparent in the work history section of the resumé. Use the combination format view a sample