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Writing the Resume

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There are generally considered to be three types of resumes:

  1. Chronological
  2. Functional
  3. Combined Format

Chronological

  • Work experience, education and other title headings are usually listed in reverse, chronological order.
  • Descriptions are brief and emphasize skills and accomplishments.
  • It is easy for readers to place you in space and time to track your development. While not critical for recent graduates, this may be very important for people who have been out of university for more than two years and can show a significant track record within the field in which they are conducting their job search.

Functional

  • Information is organized by skill groups, which have immediate relevance to the intended job target; i.e., Communication Skills, Leadership and Organizational Ability, Management and Administrative Skills.
  • Dates are often excluded to focus on related background, not on sequence of experience.
  • One may account for a fair amount of unstructured time.

Combined Format

  • Usually contains two parts:
    1. A presentation of experience by skill group.
    2. A brief, chronological listing of work history and education, etc.
  • This format can be very productive for someone drawing from a variety of seemingly unrelated experiences, such as an undergraduate or person in transition from one career field to another, and presenting them in a way that will make sense to an employer.

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