JOB SEARCH TOOLKIT
BUILD AN EFFECTIVE RESUME
COMMON RESUME STYLES
This style focuses on where you have worked and how long you worked there. It lists your work experience in reverse chronological order, with your most recent position listed first. This style works best for individuals who have consistent work histories with no gaps. It also works well for those who have had increasing responsibility and who are seeking to advance in the same field.
This style focuses on the types of work you have performed rather than where and how long you performed them. It groups your work experience into 3-8 major functional areas, describing responsibilities and achievements within each area. Functional areas can be competencies (for example, leadership, change management, customer service, administrative support), functions or fields (for example, human resources, accounting, social services, budgets, contracts), industries (for example, local government, banking, non-profit, retail), or other groupings that make sense based on your experience.
This style includes elements of both the chronological and functional resume styles. It outlines your responsibilities and achievements within major functional areas first, and then describes your work history in chronological order. This style works best for individuals who have consistent work histories (i.e., no employment gaps) and varied and/or extensive experience (i.e., at least 10 years).
ITEMS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR RESUME
Community and Volunteer Activities
Certifications & Licenses
Name and Contact Information
Presentations and Publications
Awards and Honors