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Resume Types: Chronological, Functional, Combination, Targeted


Typing a RESUME
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Types of Resumes:

There are several basic types of resumes used to apply for job openings. Depending on your personal circumstances, choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume.

Chronological Resume:

A chronological resume starts by listing your work history, with the most recent position listed first. Your jobs are listed in reverse chronological order with your current, or most recent job, first. Employers typically prefer this type of resume because it's easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them.

This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work history.
Sample Chronological Resume

Functional Resume:

A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It is used most often by people who are changing careers or who have gaps in their employment history.
Sample Functional Resume

Combination Resume:

A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for, and also provide the chronological work history that employers prefer.
Sample Combination Resume

Resume With Profile:

A resume with a profile section includes a summary of an applicant’s skills, experiences and goals as they relate to a specific job.
Resume With Profile

Targeted Resume:

A targeted resume is a resume that is customized so that it specifically highlights the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. It definitely takes more work to write a targeted resume than to just click to apply with your existing resume. However, it's well worth the effort, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.
Sample Targeted Resume

Mini Resume:

A mini resume contains a brief summary of your career highlights qualifications. It can be used for networking purposes or shared upon request from a prospective employer or reference writer who may want an overview of your accomplishments, rather than a full length resume.
Mini Resume

Nontraditional Resume:

A nontraditional resume is a web-based version of your resume that may include photos, graphics, images, graphs and other visuals.
Nontraditional Resume Examples

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