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Types of Resumes

Note: a cover letter should always accompany your resume.

Chronological:  This is the most common and easiest to prepare.  It lists positions and experience with the most recent experience first.  It should include company names, job titles, dates of employment and responsibilities.  This format is best for people with direct work experience who have no gaps in employment.

Functional:  This type of resume focuses on skills and accomplishments rather than work experience.  It describes the skills you have gained from all of your work and volunteer experiences without listing dates of employment. This format is best for people with lots of experience and many jobs, people changing careers or people entering the work force with little direct experience.

Combination: This type incorporates elements of both the chronological and functional resumes.  It lists your experiences by skill areas and also includes employers and dates of employment.

Basic Resume Components:

Heading/Contact Information – name, address, phone, email.

Career Objective – It should be concise and focused on the position you are targeting.

Education – Include your degrees earned, college attended, graduation date, major and additional course concentration or minor.  List your grade point average if it is a 3.0 or better.  You can also include a section listing advanced courses you have completed that directly relate to the type of employment you are seeking.  This is where you should list any of your certifications or licenses.

Work Experience – List paid and volunteer experiences.  Include the following:  position held (job title), name and location of the organization, dates of employment and job responsibilities that demonstrate your skills and abilities.

Activities (optional) – Include professional, educational, or extra curricular activities.  Be sure to indicate any leadership roles you have held such as elected offices, campus committees, etc. 

Honors/Awards (optional) – List any academic and professional honors.

Skills (for functional resumes) – List one to five subheadings that would describe skills you acquired through any activities and/or jobs you have been involved with.  Skill examples:  financial, communication, computer, leadership, writing, foreign language.

Sample Resumes: