Resume Type

The Great Debate: What Type Of Resume Works Best?


Resume TypeThe two main types of resumes are functional and chronological. A functional resume concentrates on your accomplishments and experience, with only the briefest reference to your job history. A chronological resume details your jobs in reverse chronological order, the most recent position first. But what type of resume works best? Which do I favor? Neither one!

The best modern resumes are a combination of functional and chronological. They start with a paragraph or list summarizing your main areas of accomplishment and your most valuable skills. Under that comes a detailed job listing, with information on your achievements in each position, in reverse chronological order.

A straight functional resume is often viewed by recruiters as a warning that you have something to hide: a large gap in employment, a history of moving from job to job, or an inability to hold onto any one job for very long. A straight chronological resume may force the recruiter to hunt for relevant experience and skills. The combination resume tells recruiters at a glance that you have the right skills and a stable, solid work history.

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Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.


  1. Thank you for your article. From my perspective, I have difficulty with a chronological resume. None of my past career achievements have been so substantial because I didn’t like the career path I chose. I want a complete career overhaul and I need to do it soon. I’m a completely different person with skills I’ve learned from a solid year’s worth of volunteer opportunities. So, I’m stuck with a resume that goes nowhere, in chronological and functional order.

  2. Thank you so much Robin for clarifying that. I’ve always used a chronological one. The use of functional resumes were never taught to me nor heard of until recently. The same could be said about the modern style. I was really confused on what the difference of the functional & modern ones were & if I was doing myself a disservice by using a chronological resume all of this time. Now I have the full scope. Thank you for writing this article. It was really insightful.

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