A resume is a marketing brochure for yourself and an impression you leave behind!

Listed below are three types of resumes:

1. Chronological

  • Focuses attention on work experience.
  • Highlights
    • Employer
    • Job Responsibilities
    • Job Title
    • Contributions

Advantageous When:

  • Your career history shows growth and development.
  • Your job objective is similar to your recent experience.
  • Your previous employers have been prestigious.
  • You are applying for a position in a highly traditional career.

Less Advantageous When:

  • Your work history is spotty.
  • Your objective is different from your experience.
  • You have changed jobs frequently.
  • You have had periods when you were absent from the job market.

Sample

2. Functional

  • Emphasizes strengths.
  • Focuses attention on technical and functional skills.
  • De-emphasizes employment history.
  • Lists areas of expertise, highlighting accomplishments.

Advantageous When:

  • Your objective is different from your experience.
  • You want to emphasize skills/abilities not used in recent work experience.
  • You are entering after an absence in the job market.

Less Advantageous When:

  • Your previous employers have been prestigious.
  • You need to focus on the pattern of your career growth.
  • You are applying for a position in a highly traditional career.

Sample

3. Combination

  • Combines elements of the chronological and functional resumes.
  • Communicates and highlights your qualifications and transferable skills.

Advantageous When:

  • You want to reposition your career.
  • You need to focus on transferable and preferred skills.
  • You want to explore new career options.
  • You want to create a resume to use in information/networking interviews.

Less Advantageous When:

  • The profession requires a specific resume format.

Sample

For additional assistance with your resume, SCC students and alumni can call 636-922-8241 to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.  Or, go to one of these informative resume websites:

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