Types Of Resumes

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The chronological resume is the most traditional type of resume. The Work Experience section is arranged so that the positions are listed in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent job. This resume format is most recognizable to employers and highlights individual work experiences.

Possible sections to include: Contact Information, Education And Training, Work Experience, Volunteer Experience, Leadership and Activities, Honors and Awards, and more.


The functional resume highlights the skills and abilities that you have gained from all of your experience: paid jobs, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. This format focuses on accomplishments, abilities, and areas of strength. This resume format details your skills, is easy to read, and doesn’t draw attention to a lack of employment history. Your skills should be listed under subheadings.  Examples include:

  • Financial skills
  • Communication skills
  • Creative skills
  • Computer skills
  • Writing skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Foreign language skills

Possible sections to include: Contact Information, Competencies/Skills, Education, Leadership/Activities, Honors, Work Experience


A combination resume uses parts of chronological and functional styles, using a brief Competencies or Summary section but also includes bullet points with job duties and accomplishments. This is an attractive option for students who like the structure and organization of the traditional resume while including a summary of qualifications or additional skills section.