The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview with a prospective employer. It’s not an autobiography. It’s an advertisement for you that provides a summary of your skills, abilities and accomplishments.
There are 3 common resume types:
- A chronological resume is written in a format that highlights your employment history by date, with your most recent work experience first followed by previous jobs. A chronological resume is mostly used when you have a solid work history in a particular job or field and you’re searching for a similar position.
- A functional resume is written in a format that highlights your skills, rather than your employment history. This type of resume is used to show what you are capable of doing, even if it’s not directly related to your current work history. The functional resume format is harder and more time consuming to write, but is the best choice if you are changing careers, have limited experience, or if you have a gap in your employment history.
- A combination resume combines both the chronological and functional formats. The combination resume communicates your strongest qualifications while providing relevant information regarding your work history.
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