Choose The Resume Style
That Works To Your Advantage.



Resume style is one of the first things to consider when you get started on your resume. Each style conveys a different message, so make sure that you choose the style that emphasizes your strengths.

  • Perhaps you want to draw attention to the fact that you have worked at a Fortune 500 company.
  • Maybe you have vast experience in a specific career field.
  • Do you have transferable skills that can be applied in the job you are seeking?

Ask yourself what message you are trying to send the employer as you decide which style is best for you.



The most common resume styles are reverse chronological, functional, and combination.

A reverse chronological resume shows your work history in reverse chronological order. It gives employers a timeline of your work experience.

A functional resume highlights specific skills and accomplishments. It draws attention to the experience you have that makes you the most qualified candidate for the position. The functional resume ignores chronological order. It focuses more on specific experience.

A combination resume combines the reverse chronological resume and functional resume into one style. With this style, outline your skills and experience first. Then specify your work history. You get the "best of both worlds" with this style.

I personally recommend the combination resume style because it allows you to…

green check Satisfy employers who want to see a chronological history of your work experience, and
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Highlight specific skills that are related to a specific job or career field.



Regardless of which style you choose, use action words to show that you will take action on the job.



The type of resume you choose will depend on the message you want to convey through your resume.

Every job seeker's situation is different depending on work history, experience, education, career goals and so on.

So, make sure you choose the style that best suits your own individual needs. Choose the style that maximizes your strengths.

Next, I will help you narrow down which type of resume may work best for YOU.

Click below for more information on each style.

Reverse Chronological Resume

Functional Resume

Combination Resume

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