What Format Will You Use to Create Your Résumé?

December 16, 2021

Because many employers read résumés quickly, the order of the information on your résumé is very important. Some industries prefer certain résumé formats. Talk to people in your network to find out how you should format your résumé. If you are still unsure, use the chronological format, as it is the most common. The main résumé types are:

Recent Graduate
Includes most important educational accomplishments
Provides work history in a chronological format
May include classes or projects relevant to the job you are applying for

Uses the best of chronological and functional formats
Displays skills related to the job at the top, while also providing work history
Connects skills, experience, and work history

Lists work experience from most recent to least recent
Good for people with recent related experience or no breaks in employment
Most commonly used résumé format
Can make gaps in employment harder to explain

Relates your skills to the employer's needs
Good for people with a broad range of experiences
Skill statements must be more descriptive as they are not presented in the context of a job

Regardless of how you format your résumé, there should be no spelling or grammar errors. It should be clean, neat, and easy to read. Don't use flashy paper or odd fonts. The length of your résumé will depend on your experience and the requirements of the job you are applying for. Potential employers may be turned off by wordy or unnecessarily long résumés. Try to keep your résumé to one or two pages. There are several ways to present your résumé online, as well. LinkedIn is the most popular, and can also be an effective networking tool.

Source: Excerpted from Oregon Career Information System, ©2021, University of Oregon, All Rights Reserved.


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