This section offers information on three common résumé styles: skills, chronological, and functional. Each section also contains a sample résumé of the particular style the section discusses.
The Interactive Résumé resource contains a sample résumé on which you can click each section to learn more about the different sections of the résumé and how to write each section of the résumé.
Skills Résumé Sample
The skills style is well suited to students who have gained valuable experience through a number of unrelated jobs and courses. This format is also appropriate for people who are making a significant change in careers. It emphasizes what you can do, not where you have worked. Applicable skills can be established through any activities that you feel will demonstrate your qualifications: courses, work, volunteer activities, personal life, and so forth.
For example, if you talked to customers as you waited on them at McDonald's, investigated shipper's presentations in a psychology course, you have demonstrated communications skills. However, try to match your skills to the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a Customer Service Representative position, you might list the McDonald's and the moving company activities under a heading called Customer Service Skills.
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Chronological Résumé Sample
This style of organization is very conservative, and it is most useful for people who have work experience in positions which are closely related to their desired employment. This style is also most suited to people who have not had long periods of unemployment time between jobs. This format starts with the present, or most recent, job and progresses back in time.
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Functional Résumé Sample
This style is one of the most commonly used résumé styles, and it works well for people who have had internships or cooperative experiences. This type of résumé highlights previous work experience that has given you background experience for the job you are seeking.
If you chose this résumé style, you might want to try listing the company name first if you have worked for a particularly prestigious company. Otherwise, listing the title first gives the employer a good sense of your work progress and duties. However, you should be consistent in using either title first or company first. You can also skip any jobs that do not apply, and you do not have to put the jobs in chronological order. It usually looks best to list the most important or impressive job first and work downward in importance regardless of the dates of employment.
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The OWL's Interactive Résumé provides a résumé sample on which you can click each section to learn more about how to compose that particular section of your résumé.
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