Résumé Samples

Chronological Format: This style presents education and work experience in a reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent experience. This format is most common since it is the easiest to create and many employers prefer it for its clarity and straightforwardness. It works well for the more conservative career fields.

Functional Format: This style organizes experience into functions or skills. Focusing upon accomplishments, it stresses skills and de-emphasizes when or where they took place. This format works best for career changers, for people with diverse but unrelated experience or for individuals who have gaps in their employment history.

Combination Format: This style uses functional or skill heading within a chronological format to showcase skills or to position an important work experience before other work experiences. The combination format is especially conducive for tailoring to the specific position.