Resume Type

The Great Debate: What Type Of Resume Works Best?

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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.

2 comments

  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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