Chronological, Functional or Combination?

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nullIn reality most resumes (apx 80%) are in fact a combination of both Chronological and Functional resume styles. 

 

Combination

Combination resumes combine both chronological and functional formats.

Typically the ‘Chronological style’ is used for the two major sections of your resume: 1. Professional / Work experience  2. Education.

Whilst the 'combination' resume style is for the most part identical to a chronological format, the inclusion of a section called Summary of qualifications(a section highly recommended by most recruitment agents) changes the style to 'combination'.

A Summary of qualifications” is a summary section at the start of your resume that highlights your most important credentials and demonstrates to recruiters (in a snapshot) your suitability to the position, acting as a teaser - enticing them to read your resume more thoroughly.

Due to its popularity with both recruitment agents and those seeking jobs, our resumes are formatted accordingly. 

 

 Example of a Combination resume style:

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  1. Contact Details (located in grey bar in example)
  2. Objective
  3. Summary of qualifications:  sumarise your key skills, experiences and education that makes you the perfect match for the job
  4. Professional / Work Experience: use a new heading for each job (most recent job first).  For each job highlight your skills, experience and achievements
  5. Education and Training:   list qualifications in order of relevance or date order, whichever presents you in the strongest light for the job you are applying for
  6. Computer Skills
  7. Languages (if applicable)
  8. Member Associations (if applicable)
  9. Referees (optional) 
*NOTE: All of our headings are easily editable, so should you need to, you can change the heading names to suit your circumstances.
 

Click here to see our other resume templates created in 'combination' style >>

 


Chronological

Chronological resumes list your professional (work) experience and education in date order, starting with the most recent job experience first.

An example of a Chronological resume style

  1. Contact Details
  2. Objective
  3. Professional Experience / Work History: use a new heading for each job (most recent job first).  For each job highlight your skills, experience and achievements
  4. Education & Training:  list most recent qualifications first
  5. Computer Skills
  6. Languages (if applicable)
  7. Member Associations (if applicable)
  8. Referees (optional)


A chronological format is suitable if you have relevant and consistent employment with no major time gaps between jobs. It also demonstrates how you have advanced through your career.

 


Functional

Functional resumes present your core skills as category headings (instead of jobs as category headings).

The choice of headings are usually deliberate so as to match the skills required for the advertised position.  Within each category heading (ie. ‘Customer service’ / ‘Team Leadership etc’) you would describe the relevant experience you have relating to that category (ie. Customer Service: * 4 years experience preparing quotations & tracking customer orders  * Consistently achieved highest merit in Customer Service Survey sent to 3000 customers etc).


A Functional resume is particularly useful if you want to change careers and the skills required for the job advertised are skills you do have, however they are not attributable to a single or recent job, rather they were gained across multiple jobs.

An example of a Functional resume style

  1. Contact Details
  2. Objective
  3. Relevant Skills: create skill based headings and list your experiences under these headings
  4. Employment History: this section simply lists the companies you worked for, the dates and the positions held (no work experience or details are given, as your skills and experiences are included under the skills headings in the previous section)
  5. Education & Training: Include relevant qualifications
  6. Computer Skills
  7. Languages (if applicable)
  8. Member Associations (if applicable)
  9. Referees (optional)