Resume Formats – Which One is For You?


Believe it or not, resumes come in different formats. Without overcomplicating matters, here’s a basic description to sort out which one might be right for you.  The key is to not get overwhelmed by the process. Focus on showing your key results at the workplace, and your resume will achieve its purpose – more opportunities.

Skills-based or functional

This resume format functions to give detailed, quality information about your skills, accomplishments and experience. Instead of simply launching into a top-down listing of jobs, education and volunteering, the better part of the resume focuses on your key strengths. This type of resume can have categories such as “communications,” “interpersonal,” or “IT” accompanied by a descriptive paragraph with specifics. It might show special projects, assignments or awards.

Skills-based resumes are great for mid to senior level workers who have a lengthy career or lengthy skill-set to talk about.

Employment history can often be simply written with one line showing position title, company, dates worked and location.


This type of resume is a linear statement of your work history, education etc. and often provides duties of listed below each individual position.

Chronological resumes are great for people who have had one continuous career progression and thus don’t need to give a detailed description of transferable skills. If you prefer this category you probably don’t need to do much convincing – you likely have lots of experience in your field.

Whether skills-based/functional – or chronological – a spectacular resume will always win the day. Resumes are not the place for ordinary. Make your resume count whichever way you go.

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