Types of resume

-Rujuta Joshi

Applying for a job is a nervous process in itself and at the same time you have to make your resume in a way that it grabs the employer’s attention and sets you apart from the rest of the candidates. The confusion of what to put in a resume , how to present it , what to put first , hoe much to put and how to design the layout of a resume is a tiresome process in itself.  Adding to all this you also have to make sure to chose the type of resume , it might be confusing but this article will help you get started on your journey . Following are the types of resume that you will need to know about:

  • Chronological resumes-

It is one of the most common resume types that people use. In this resume you write about your job experience in a reverse chronologic way, i.e. you’re most recent job first and your following jobs afterwards. You can also apply chronology in your education columns, outing your most recent education qualification first followed by your other qualifications. This type of resume is preferred by most of the employers as it helps them see how you progressed in your professional career and at what pace. Though make sure to write such a resume only if you have had a strong and solid job history , if you have had a steady and progressive career than this is the type of resume you need, but -if you are a fresher than try to opt for some other kind of resume. Even if you have had large gaps in your career field try to opt for other kind of resume. Following is an e.g. of chronological resume:

Chronological Resume Type Sample
  • Functional resume – 

These types of resumes highlight your accomplishments, skills and experience more than your work qualifications. Instead of a column for work history you may have a column for skills that you have learned throughout the years. A functional resume may not have any column for your work history but it can have a space for resume summary which in short tells about your resume in a few words. This type of resumes are used by people who have had no relative work experience like freshers or have had large gaps in their work field. This type of resume is also used by people who are changing their job. Following is an e.g. of a functional resume-

Functional Resume Type Sample
  • Combination resume-

A combination resume is mix of chronological and functional resume. It includes the skills and accomplishments from functional resume and work experience from chronological resume.  It also includes your educational qualifications, your personal details etc. it does not solely focus on any one aspect instead divides it between all the other aspects of the resume.  Some recruiters want t see your work history even if it is not much, such type of resumes help you put focus on everything instead of just one thing. Following is an e.g. of combination resume –

Combination Resume Type Sample
  • Targeted resume –

Such resumes are customized for each job. They are made in a way that each resume has skills and experience that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Recruiters know a generic resume as they see it daily but a customized resume catches their attention. Even though writing a targeted resume is tiresome it is very helpful in getting the job. In job posting you can see the job requirements and skills that they have posted and can use them as references for writing your resume. You should use a targeted resume as there are more chances for you to get a call back.

  • Info graphic resume-

Resume that contain graphic images and designs are called info graphic resume. Aspiring designers can use this kind of resume as it showcases their skills with their resume. Nowadays many companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) that scans a resume and then gives out result according to it. Only a few resumes pass through ATS, resumes that contain keywords needed for the job. ATS cannot recognize graphic images and it might reject you resume so submit an info graphic resume only if you are sure it will be handled by hiring managers.

  • CV- 

A CV is a multiple page resume mostly around 3 pages. A CV is not used often while applying for jobs unless it is asked for, it is mostly used to apply for academic jobs like that of professor or teachers. It contains extensive information about all your job history and your education qualification. If you have published any papers or did any research on any particular subject than include it in your CV. Following is an e.g. of a CV –

Here's What a Mid-Level Professional's Resume Should Look Like
  • Nontraditional resume –

These types of resumes are mostly used by people in the creative field. It might be an online resume, a website, a blog or a video of your resume. A nontraditional resume is to be submitted with a normal resume. Such a resume can be helpful to web designers, graphic designers etc. it helps demonstrate your skills and at the same time tells about you and your qualification.

  • Mini resume-

This type of resume is a smaller version of your normal resume. It is like a business card but with more information. If you accidently meet a potential recruiter and don’t have your resume with you a mini resume becomes handy and giving it to the employer gives him more info about you than just your contact info.

Such resumes are helpful when you visit job fairs or meetings and help increase your chance for interview with employers.

Resume writing as we saw is a time consuming process with lots of options you can get confused with, to remove such confusion professional resume writers are available who help you decide what kind of resume you need and what all to put in it, how to put in it and all this at minimal cost. They help give you a resume that stands out from everyone else.


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