7 Different Types of Resumes

7 Different Types of Resumes

Building resumes that will help you get work require a strategy. It requires knowing which type of resume will work best in your industry or for the position you seek. Read below these various types of resumes and see which one applies to your set of circumstances!

1. Chronological

The chronological resume lists your work history starting with the most recent experience first. This is the most common form of resume out there. Recruiters and employers typically prefer it because it lays out a solid explanation of your work history. Therefore, if you are just starting out in your career you may want to look into some of the other resume types.

2. Functional Resume

The functional resume focuses on two things:

  • Skills

  • Experience

Instead of having a “work history” section, you will have “professional experience” or “accomplishments”. You will also have a section that lists various skills developed over your career. A functional resume also has a summary and headline at the top that details a person’s skills and achievements.

These resumes are used mainly for people with gaps in employment or people changing careers. Instead of focusing on years of experience, you are highlighting skills that align you with the job.

3. Combination Resume

A combination resume (as you would expect) is a mix between a chronological and functional resume. The top of the resume lists skills and qualifications and below lists the chronological work history.

Most importantly, the work history is not the resume focus and does not take up much resume space. Use this to highlight skills relevant to the job you are applying for and also provide your chronological work history.

After all, most employers want to see your chronological work history, no matter how extensive. This resume helps you highlight what makes you the best fit for the job and gives the hiring manager all the information he or she needs.

4. Infographic

Infographic resumes are resumes with graphic design elements instead of text. These resumes achieved higher popularity several years ago when infographics first came out, but since then have seen a decrease in usage. If you are skilled with graphics and competing for a role that will use these skills, this may not be a bad choice. Infographic resumes use layout, color, design, formatting, icons, and font styling to organize your experience. The biggest con for infographic resumes is that many applicant tracking systems (ATS) cannot properly read the content on your resume rendering them virtually useless for screening purposes. 

5. Profile

A profile resume includes a short and sweet summary of skills, experiences, and goals related to a specific job. The summary is a couple of sentences with a sales pitch, of sorts. Profile resumes are helpful for most job applicants. If you have extensive experience, a profile resume can sum up your experience to the hiring manager quickly. With limited work experience, a profile resume can help you highlight what you want to do and your skills. (ie. Profiling the candidate)

6. Tailored

A tailored resume is customized to specifically highlight the experience and skills related to the job for which you are applying. And nothing more.

It takes time and effort to write a tailored resume, but this type of resume is becoming more and more popular with the increase in short attention spans and online job applications that can lead to dozens of applicants who just clicked apply for every job.

However, it's well worth the effort! It helps you get rid of the information that “kind of applies” to the job you want and helps you get honest with yourself about the job you should be applying for. Writing several tailored resumes is great practice, too, for explaining yourself to employers.

7. Mini

A mini resume is just a brief summary of your career highlights and qualifications. And it only contains the information most specific to the job and industry you are applying for.

These types of resumes are great for networking and easy to share with others upon request. They are great networking tools that easily answer the question, “So what type of work are you looking for?”

Mini resumes have been known to fit on business or postcards. They are great for in-person networking and certainly easier to read than a full-length resume.

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