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Resume Formats

A chronological resume lists your work history with dates.

A functional resume highlights your skills and accomplishments without any dates or chronological sequence.

A hybrid resume is a combination of chronological and functional formats.

Which format should you use?

Today hybrid resume format is the most used.

Employers today do not like functional formats

A pure chronological format is also not good since you risk the employer missing some of your key skills.

We have provided a “Resume Skeleton” to help in creating your resume. This is a hybrid (combination) resume format.

Should you use non-traditional formats – for example embed photos, timeline charts etc?

No. We don’t encourage non-tradititional format. The Resume Skeleton format we have provided for you is the best and proven format. If you do want to utilize a non-traditional format – use it on your social media sites like facebook etc, not for sending it to employers. Here is some more advice for you about resume format:

Unless you know yourself to be a really creative person stick with the traditional formats.

If you are applying for a really creative job – multimedia etc – let your work portfolio speak for you not the format of resume.

Minimalism is the norm today – even in arts.

Additional Tips

You can add additionl sections at the end – for example interest areas/sports etc

Your resume should ideally be two pages – however for IT jobs you may have much longer (4 to 6 pages). Length of resume is not a problem, but your first page summary must be impactful.