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Best Types of Resume

Updated on May 2, 2012

Different Types Of Resume

Whether you are fresh college pass out or experienced professional, it is always good to know the various types of resume formats available, which should help you draft your resume. This should help you highlight all your skill sets and work experience in the most effective and impressive manner. Here we have listed down 3 basic types of resume, you can choose amongst them depending on your personal experience and circumstances.

Best 3 Types of Resume:

1- Chronological Resume

2- Functional Resume

3- Combination Resume

Chronological Resume Type: Chronological resume format is the easiest and is accepted globally. In fact most of the job boards enforce job seekers to post their resume in this format. It is best for those candidates who have a strong work history, with some big names as their ex-employers. People with gaps and messy job history should try avoiding this resume format.

In a chronological resume format you are required to list down your work experience and work history in a chronological (Reverse) manner. Meaning the most recent work experience comes first followed by past work experiences. This format is liked by the employers as it is easier to quickly glance to your work experience and professional backgrounds in one go. When mentioning your work experience, in a chronological format start by writing your company name, your designation, no. of years worked in the company. Than in few bulleted points mention your accomplishments, challenges and overall impact you made to the results. As always do not forget to keep a positive tone and use action verbs.

Functional Resume Type: This format is very different from the traditional chronological resume format. As opposed to chronological resume type this format is looked down upon by head hunters and recruiters. As the functional resume format gives an impression that it is drafted in a way to hide some details from the employers. This resume format is perfect for those candidates who have gaps in their work history or are fresh college pass outs without much work experience to share.

In functional resume format you are free to list down your work experience and skill sets as per the job description on the new job for which you are planning to apply for. Meaning in this format you can list down the most important and related work experience first and totally avoid any work experience which is not related to the current job profile. The most effective way to present this resume format is to list down all your key skills and related work experiences. Than in bulleted points against each skill set mention your accomplishments and achievements.

Combination Resume Type: As the name suggest this resume format is a combination of both traditional chronological resume and functional resume format. This is best used for targeted jobs. When you are very clear about the job requirements and want to highlight the most related skill sets first, followed by work history supporting those skill set. This resume format is even useful when a candidate is going for a career change, as he would be able to highlight his important skill sets first. The combination resume format if properly done is accepted by most of the organizations (though exceptions are always their).

In combination resume type there are 2 main drawbacks. Firstly it tends to become too long and secondly some information gets repeated. If you opt to go for combination resume format than make sure that in bullets you first highlight your skill sets (directly related to the job profile you are applying for). Below that mention your work experience in reverse order as you would do in chronological resume format.

Quick Tips to Keep in Mind When Drafting Your Resume:

1- Know the purpose of your resume and keep it targeted to the job profile for which you are applying.

2- What ever skill sets you claim to have, you should be in a position to back them with relates work experience and accomplishments.

3- Most of the organizations, generally store the resume of candidates in a database and when ever required they fetch it using keywords. So make sure that you include the right keywords in your resume, so it is easier for the recruiters to search your resume from their database.

4- Resume titles play a very crucial role. So make sure that you right your resume title most effectively. Highlighting your skillets and experience in a single line. In one line the recruiter should understand what he can find in your resume.

5- Proofread your resume several times to avoid any grammatical or spelling mistakes. If possible ask someone else to proofread for you.

6- Use bullets, as they are easier to ready and recruiters can come to know of core information at first glance.

7- Be Honest to yourself and to your recruiter when drafting a résumé. Any fake information if caught will have a negative impression.

8- Keep your tone professional and clam when drafting a resume.

9- Avoid pictures in your resume.

10- Wherever appropriate use Mr. and Ms.


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