There are mainly three types of resume styles:
generally prefer Chronological.
The Chronological gives the start and end date, company
held, and description of your accomplishments
. It is usually ended with a brief skills
section and education.
This may seem ideal
for those with gaps in their employment history
, or for those not too far out of school
with only one job
The Functional resume
does not rely on listing jobs
, but skills and accomplishments, listed in detail
. It is intended to be used without a listing of employers -- though this is brave. Even a brief mention with vague
dates (years, not months
) will help put the employer's mind
at ease. Again, education can be added at the bottom.
The problem with the Functional style is that employers may think that you are trying to hide
A good choice if you have not work
ed many places, or have been promoted
within a company.
The Combination is just that. It usually begins with detail of skills and accomplishments (from all jobs), and then goes into a very brief chronological
listing of employers, dates, positions, and job description. If you were promoted within a company, list the most recent position first with dates, followed by any prior positions and dates.
If you have been out of work
, use a cover letter
to briefly explain why. Mention anything you can about that time off from work -- did you travel
, do community service
... Mentioning any of these things will help to make you sound like a well rounded person
and not a slacker
Much of this knowledge is from my own job searches, as well as help from sites like monster.com and careerbuilder.com.