There are three traditional formats used in resume writing: the chronological, functional, and combination resume. Each format style is described below and is linked to an example illustrating that particular style. Choose the format that will best highlight your background!
Chronological Resume: The chronological resume lists experiences under each heading in reverse chronological order, listing the most recent first. This is the style one typically thinks of when contemplating a resume. The chronological format works well if the majority of your past experiences directly relate to the type of position/program you are seeking.
Functional Resume: The functional resume is designed to emphasize transferable skills and related accomplishments while de-emphasizing the specific positions you've held. It is most useful for those who lack experience directly related to their job objective yet have related transferable skills. It also works well for those seeking a career change.
Combination Resume: The combination resume combines the best elements of both the chronological and functional formats. It stresses your skills and abilities while including a chronological listing of your experiences. The combination resume allows the most flexibility in highlighting your background.
There are two basic options when laying out your resume: the "two-column layout" and the "tuck-under layout." Choose one layout and use it consistently throughout your resume. Both choices are professionally recognized and allow you to highlight your capabilities utilizing any one of the three formats listed above.
EDUCATION St. Olaf College Northfield, MN Majors: History and Philosophy GPA: 3.4 Graduation: May of 2003
QUALIFICATIONS Communication Skills - strong oral and written communication abilities as a result of classroom presentations, assisting peers with writing assignments, and giving tours as a guide for the Jesse James Historical Museum.
St. Olaf College Northfield, MN Graduation: May of 2002 Major: Mathematics Concentration: Management Studies GPA: 3.35
Actuarial Intern, American Memorial Life Insurance Company, Summer 2001 Researched individual policies and determined incorrect cash values. Recalculated correct cash values for various policies. Daily use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and proprietary programs.