The 3 Resume Writing Formats

There are 3 resume writing formats and which you choose will depend greatly on your work history and on the type of job you’re applying to. You should ensure that the format you select will fit your skills and experience, and make your resume writing stand out from the crowd.

The chronological format is based on a timeline. If you're just out of school or if your experience is best presented chronologically, then this is the format of choice. In chronological resume writing, you list the most recent experiences first, and then go backwards in order. Usually, you separate your work experience and your education in this type of resume.

Functional resumes are much more focused on your abilities, rather than the timeline of your life. When writing resumes, functional formats are great if you have abilities that supersede a timeline or if your accomplishments weren't achieved on a chronological scale. For example, if you want to focus on two important jobs that were 5 years apart, you should use a functional resume format.

The combination format is more complex as since it blends both functional and chronological styles it might be confusing to the reader. The combination format is a good way to emphasize your talents and achievements, while still providing a full employment history, which might not always appear on functional resumes.


Gail Esparan