Resume Formats (With Examples and Formatting Tips)

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When you are job searching, it's important to choose the resume format that works the best for your background and experience. Depending on your career level and work experience, some resume formats may work better than others at emphasizing your particular abilities and work history.

Your resume shows the employer how and why you are qualified for the job, and you will want to present your skills and experience in a way that will have the most chance of getting you selected for an interview.

Read below for information on the different types of resume formats, and a detailed example of a resume format.

Types of Resume Formats

The different types of resumes include chronological, functional, and combination resumes. Read below for more information on each, and for links to examples and further information.

  • Chronological Resumes – The chronological resume format is most commonly used. It lists your work history in reverse chronological order (with your most recent work history listed at the top).
  • Functional Resumes – Functional resumes focus on skills. They are organized by different types of skills or experiences, rather than by chronological work history. Functional resumes are good for people with gaps in employment history, or whose work history is not directly related to the job.
  • Combination Resumes – Combination resumes are a mix of the chronological and functional formats. They provide a chronological list of one’s work history, but they also have sections that focus on different types of skills.

    Here are some example resumes, organized by the different resume formats. Use these examples as a starting point for your own resume.

    Resume Formats With Headlines and Profiles

    Along with choosing a particular format, you can also choose to add a section highlighting your most relevant skills at the top of your resume.

    Below are some resume examples with different introductory sections:

    • Resume With Headline – A resume headline (also known as a resume title) is a phrase that summarizes why you are an ideal candidate. Headlines can be used by candidates with lots of skills and experience, as well as candidates with less experience who want to highlight their best attributes.
    • Resume With Profile – A resume profile is a brief statement (often several sentences) that highlights the skills and experiences that make you an ideal candidate.
    • Resume With Headline and Profile – Including both a brief headline and a longer profile can provide the hiring manager with even more information about you.
    • Resume With Summary Statement – A summary statement is a concise list or a few sentences that highlights your strongest qualifications for the job. It is also known as a summary of qualifications.
    • Resume With Branding Statement – A branding statement is a brief, catchy statement (usually 15 words or fewer) that sums up your qualifications.
    • Resume with Objective – A resume objective is a concise description of who you are as a candidate, and what you are looking for in a position. Some employers prefer a resume profile over a resume objective, but it is up to each candidate to decide whether an objective or profile is best.

      Here's more information on each part of a resume, including required and optional resume elements.

      More About Resume Format

      Along with choosing a type of resume, you will also need to select a font and font size, and you will need to make style choices (such as when to use bullets, bold style, italics, etc.). Here's information on how to choose the best resume format for your circumstances.

      Keep in mind that the structure and content of your resume will vary depending on which type of resume you select. However, there is some information that is included in every resume, such as your contact information, education, and experience.

      Resume Format Example

      Use the following formatting example to generate a list of information to include on your resume. Then, you can revise your resume so it is in the format you want, and contains the information you choose.

      Remember that this is only one example of a resume format. You can add information not included here, including some of the introductory information listed above, and sections listed by theme (such as in a functional resume).

      Your Contact Information
      First and Last Name
      Street Address
      City, State, Zip
      Phone (Cell/Home)
      Email Address

      Career Summary (optional)
      A customized section of your resume that lists key achievements, skills, traits, and experience relevant to the position for which you are applying can serve dual purposes. It highlights your relevant experience and lets the prospective employer know that you have taken the time to create a resume that shows how you are qualified for the specific job.

      Experience
      This section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held, and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements.

      Company #1
      City, State
      Dates Worked

      Job Title

      • Responsibilities / Achievements
      • Responsibilities / Achievements

      Company #2
      City, State
      Dates Worked

      Job Title

      • Responsibilities / Achievements
      • Responsibilities / Achievements

      Education
      In the education section of your resume, list the schools you attended, the degrees you attained, and any special awards and honors you earned.

      College, Degree
      Awards, Honors

      Skills
      Include skills related to the position/career field that you are applying for, such as computer skills or language skills.

      References available upon request
      There is no need to include references on your resume or even to mention that references are available. Rather, have a separate list of references to give to employers upon request.

      Customize Your Resume

      In all cases, be sure to personalize and customize your resume, so it reflects your skills and abilities and connects them with the jobs you are applying for.

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