Résumé Formats The three most common formats of resumes are:
A chronological resume is typically used when someone has progressive work experience in the same field. Jobs should be listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). This format puts your experience front and centre and shows an employer who you have worked for and what you did in each work setting.
This is not the best format to use if your most recent work experience does not relate to the job for which you are applying; you are applying for work in a different profession; you have gaps in your employment history; have little experience; or have had many jobs that lasted for less than one year. If you do choose to use this format be prepared to address any gaps in your resume during the interview.
Functional resumes are useful when someone has little work experience, has worked many short contract jobs, or is changing careers. This format focuses attention on the skills and accomplishments from a variety of settings, not on your work history.
The disadvantage of this format is that many employers view them with suspicion because they do not detail a work history.
The combination resume blends the functional and chronological formats. It combines your marketable skills with your work experience and education so you can highlight your past experiences. A combination resume is ideal when you are applying for a job that interests you, but the connection between your work history and the job qualifications is not particularly strong. Typically this format includes a functional section called the career profile where you outline your skills. The career profile includes your best accomplishments and most relevant skills. It should not be more than six lines long. The career profile is followed by the chronological section which lists your work experience