There are multiple kinds of résumés, and countless ways to organize them.
A chronological résumé lists experience in chronological, or time, order. This is the easier and more popular style. It is generally used by individuals who have a stable work history, and by new graduates. Beginning with your most recent experiences and going back in time, this format provides the employer with detailed descriptions of your education and experiences. Download a PDF example of a chronological résumé.
A functional résumé focuses on your experience and other information as it relates to the position. Skills and qualifications are the primary focus of this style. Categories are defined by what you would like to highlight. This format may not relate specific experiences to specific jobs, or include the names of organizations or dates of your work experiences. Instead, this resume focuses on what you have
accomplished rather than where and when. Individuals use this format when they have had large gaps in their employment records, are concerned about their age, or are changing careers. Download a PDF example of a functional résumé.
As you plan your résumé, keep in mind an employer may only spend thirty seconds reviewing it. Your goal is to communicate your qualifications, skills, and experiences in a manner that will make you stand out from the rest. The steps listed in this guide will assist you in making some basic decisions on how to begin. Download a PDF of the Résumé Guide.
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