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Resume Formats

There are two main styles of resume formats: 

The first is called Chronological Format, which is the one that most employers prefer.  In the chronological format the emphasis is placed on employment experience.  The job history is presented in descending order with the most recent job experience first. 

This type of resume format is especially good for you if you want to continue on the same career path or if your current experience is relevant to the job position you are applying to. 

There are some reasons that the Chronological format may not be good for you.  The first is if you are just entering the workforce from school.  The second is if you are re-entering the workforce after a substantial absence or large gaps in your employment history. 

A job history full of briefly held jobs might lead to a potential employer questioning you about your ability to maintain a position for an extended period of time. 

The second is called Functional Format, which your skills and achievements are emphasize and your employment history may be summarized or all together avoided.  Your skills and previous experience (including educational) are presented in the beginning of your resume. 

This type of resume format is effective if you’ve held a number of similar positions.  But, this type of resume may hold some concerns to potential employers that you are withholding information that may be pertinent to the position that you are applying for.  

If you like the idea of the Functional Format, but may have concerns about utilizing this format you may use the Combination Format. 

The Combination Format is simply the Functional Format with a brief employment history included.  Your skills and accomplishments are still listed first with the employment history following.  This will relieve any worries that the potential employer may have about your past experience, and it will still allow you to put emphasize on your talents and how you would utilize them on the particular position you are applying for.

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March 22, 2008