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Types of resumes
There are several basic types of resumes – you can choose a chronological, a functional, combination, or a targeted resume. The choice depends upon your personal circumstances.
If you are applying for a similar job to the one you have now, you can choose the chronological format. A chronological resume lists the jobs you have had in reverse chronological order with your current or most recent job, first. You can choose this format if you want to show your career advancement and promotions in one particular sector. Employers also prefer this type of resume because it's easy to see what jobs you have held and when you have worked at them. This type of resume works well for job seekers with a strong, solid work history.
A functional format focuses less on job titles and dates, and more on your skills and achievements. It is a good choice if you do not have much work experience or if you are changing careers and so do not have much experience in your new chosen area.
As the name indicates, a combination resume is a combination of the chronological and functional formats. A combination resume lists your skills and experience first. Your employment history is listed next. With this type of resume you can highlight your specific skills, and also provide the chronological work history that many employers prefer.
A targeted resume is a customized resume that specifically highlights your experience and skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Writing a targeted resume requires some effort. However, it's well worth it, especially when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.
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