Resume formats

There are three basic types of resume formats: reverse chronological, functional, and hybrid.

Each of them play a different role and emphasize different skills and abilities. It is up to you to decide which one will present you as the best candidate for the particular job you are submitting your resume for.

Reverse Chronological Resume Format

This is the most widely used resume format in the world. It highlights your skills and experience by listing your most recent job first and then balancing the rest of your experience and education.

Reverse chronological resumes can be used by anyone. The format is neat and clear, and it’s easy to add and remove experiences from the document. However, this format may not be your best choice if you have gaps in your work history.

It is difficult to hide times when you have been unemployed. Also, because this format is so universal, you need to take additional measures to differentiate yourself from other applicants applying for the same job. Resumonk can be of great help here. This will help you make an eye-catching and well-formatted resume in an easy way.

Here is an example of a reverse chronological curriculum vitae created with the specific template on Resumonk –

Example of a reverse chronological curriculum vitae

Functional (competency-based) resume format

When creating a functional resume, ignore the reverse chronological format rules and put all your skills and abilities at the top of the page. Hopefully you will choose the skills that best match what you need for the position you are applying for. However, if you want to highlight all of your skills, it is up to you.

These skills usually fall under different categories including supervisory skills, customer service skills, technical skills and beyond. What best highlights your skills are the headings you want to highlight.

Provide additional details under these headings Prove your skills. These can be bulleted, making it easier for an employer to scan your resume to find the skills and experience they want.

Even with a functional resume, you need to list your work experience and the places you’ve been previously employed. For gaps in your work history, there are several ways to explain why you haven’t worked – full-time student, full-time parent, travel – and you need to determine which one best fits your circumstances.

Remember, too specific or too vague an attitude can make you a less ideal prospect for an employer.

One disadvantage of using the functional resume format is that it is not conventional, so not all employers or resume robots can scan the document to see if you are qualified for the position. While this format highlights your skills, it does not indicate where or how you acquired those skills. Hence, it is possible for an employer to feel that you are hiding something from them.

Using this format can highlight your skills to show that you are the best candidate for the job and allow employers to see those skills ahead of time. However, there are arguments for you should never use this format because a lot of employers don’t even review them.

Here is an example of the functional resume format created using Resumonk’s Slim template:

Example of a functional resume

Hybrid resume format

The hybrid format combines the reverse chronological and functional formats. This format will benefit applicants who already have a lot of work experience and want to highlight their experience and expertise. When formatting your hybrid resume, it is important to have a section that summarizes your qualifications and professional profile.

Your professional profile should briefly explain the skills you have acquired through your previous work experience, while your qualifications summary shows your accomplishments through the application of those skills. The exact layout of these sections is up to you. However, keep in mind what the employer may be looking for and tailor your resume to whatever you think you would like to see.

The benefits of a hybrid resume are that employers get the traditional layout of a reverse chronological format and more information that highlights your skills and experience. It can even allow the resume robots to simply scan the information on your resume and not immediately reject it.

This type of format, like reverse chronological format, can be used for a wide variety of different applicants in a wide variety of fields. However, since each area is different and has its own nuances and expectations, you should find out what type of resume the employer prefers and Customize your resume to meet the specifications.

Deciding what type of resume format to use when applying depends on the information you want to highlight and the expectations of the industry you are applying for. The most important first step is to get through the first scan. So make sure that your resume gives you the benefit of being able to read it in more detail.

Published by Sarah Landrum

Millennial career expert Sarah Landrum is a freelance writer and founder of Punched Clocks, a career and lifestyle blog for millennials looking for career happiness and success.