Types of Resumes

The chronological resume has educational and employment history organized by date. This resume works well for students who have progressive and related experiences within their field. This is the type of resume most students will use and employers prefer.

Functional resumes focus on skill sets gained through a variety of activities, such as educational course work, clubs and organizations, as well as internships and volunteer work. This format works well for students who do not have much employment history or who have a work history that is not directly related to their career objective.

Combination resumes are a combination of the chronological resume and functional resume. It focuses on skill sets, but also lists employment history.

“All Jobs” List. Have you ever gone to write your resume and had trouble remembering every past job and what you did there? Do you wish you would have kept track as you went along? Start up an “All Jobs” List!

This is a running word document you update every time you have a new job, internship, or other relevant experience. It doesn’t have to be neat or organized, because no one but you will ever see it. With each job, just jot down where you worked, the dates that you started/ended, and some notes to help you remember what you did or special projects you worked on. That way when you go to write or update your resume in the future, you won’t have to remember everything from scratch.

Remember, you do not have to include everything you’ve ever done on your resume. Use this list to pick and choose the most relevant experiences to list on your resume for each job you’re applying for.