Resume Types and Formats

There are many types of resumes you can use to apply for a job opening. However, depending on the job you're applying for or your working experience, you may choose one format or the other.

  • Chronological resume: Also called performance CV, it is the most traditional and widely used format. It lists your work experience in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent position. Employers usually prefer this resume format because it allows them to see what positions you've held and how much time you've spent on them. Don't use it if you have little or no working experience.
  • Functional resume: Recommended if you have a small working career or employment history gaps, since it focuses on skills and achievements no matter where you've aquired them (school, internships, etc).
  • Combination resume: This resume format is an amalgamation of the other two. It's not that widely used but it's probably the most complete. This can be contraproductive since many recruiters don't have the time to read a long resume and may discard it before even taking a look at it. On the other hand, it may be good for making a good impression since it allows you to highlight the skills that are relevant to the job.
  • Targeted resume: Customized to highlight the necessary skills for the job position you're applying for. It is ideal if you're interested in a particular position, area or company and the best thing would be to attach a motivation letter to it.

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