Resume Formats - Choosing the Right One
With hiring managers or other staffing professionals spending so little time on your resume in their first pass, it is very important to make sure your resume makes the best impression possible. One way to do that is to choose the resume format that best highlights your experience, education, and skills.
In this lesson, we will explore the various ways key information is presented on a chronological, functional, and combination resume.
The most commonly used resume format is the chronological resume. On a chronological resume, your work history is listed by job title beginning with your current or most recent job.
The chronological resume works best for job seekers who:
Click on the buttons in the interactive to learn more about the Chronological resume format. Visit the Resume Gallery to see a full view of the bookkeeper sample resume used in this interactive.
On a chronological resume, every job that is listed should be written in a way that makes it relevant to the position you are seeking.
Joe tailored his clerk and teller positions with cash transaction language that related to bookkeeping. Also, by including these experiences, he has shown a steady work history from 1993.
On a chronological resume, each job has the employer's name and location and a job title that can be understood by anyone, like bookkeeper.
On a chronological resume, every job in your work history is listed with dates in reverse chronological order. This means that your most recent or current job is listed first, like this one.