Which Resume Is Right For You?

As the saying goes – there’s more than one way to skin a cat. The same can be said for resumes. Different circumstances call for different resume types. So which is the best for you? 

  • Chronological
  • Functional or Skills-based
  • Combination

What’s the Difference? 

Simply put – focus area. Each resume type focuses on a different area: 

Chronological Resume

Also known as the reverse-chronological resume, this format is the most commonly used and focuses on work experience. Chronological resumes place work experience higher-up in the document, beneath contact info and summary/objectives (if present). Education, skills and additional information follow.

Who Should Use This Format? 

  • This type of resume is applicable to most job seekers

Functional Resume

Functional resumes put the focus on your skills rather than your work history. Functional resumes place skills and objectives above work experience. While work experience is still included, it’s typically smaller and left at the bottom. This resume is ideal for those who want to highlight transferable skills. 

Who Should Use This Format? 

  • Candidates with gaps in their work history or re-entering the workforce. 
  • Those seeking to transition into new careers. 
  • Entry-level candidates, like new graduates, with little-to-no-experience 

Combination Resume 

The combination resume can be the best of both worlds: skills-focused with a more extensive work history section. 

Who Should Use This Format? 

This type of resume is beneficial to most job seekers, but in particular:

  • Candidates who wish to high skills and work experience in equal measure 
  • Candidates applying to technical jobs dependant on particular skills 
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