November 21, 2022

The 8 Types of Resumes You Should Be Familiar With

When it comes to job searching, your resume is your number one tool.
Will you agree with me? Yes.
Now the thing is, there are different types of resumes. Probably, you need to become more familiar with all of those. 
There are chronological resume, functional resume, combination resume, infographic resume, and more.
Most importantly, if you know some of those resume types, in that case, you need to know which resume format you should use in which situation. This article has explained all these things.
So, keep reading and know when you should use which type!
I'd like to go in-depth now.
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Types of the resume

By this time, you have got a hint that there are different ways to write a resume. I mean, there are various types. Now please read the following types in-depth. Thank you.

Chronological resume

A resume that focuses heavily on a job seeker's work history is called a chronological resume. This resume format is a good choice for job seekers with a long and steady employment history.

I think this definition clears up what actually a functional resume is. 

Do you need more clarification? 


A chronological resume typically starts with a job seeker's most recent job and then lists previous jobs chronologically (that means last to first).

Is it clear now?

This type of resume is easy to read for employers. The question is, "how?"

Actually, from this type of resume, employers can quickly and easily see a job seeker's work history at a glance in chronological format.

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When should you use it? 
For example, you don't have gaps between your previous jobs; there is a consistent progression in your career - a chronological resume is ideal for you. 

Functional resume

Now let's talk about a functional resume. What actually a functional resume is? A resume that highlights a person's skills and abilities instead of his chronological work history is called a functional resume.
Very easy definition, right?
When should you use a functional resume? 
It's very natural this question is peeping into your mind. 
  • You should use this when there is a gap in your work history.
  • If you change the industry.
Any more questions? I hope not. Good. 

May I move forward to our next discussion? I know you will allow it. Thank you.

Combination resume

A combination resume is a format that mixes elements of the chronological and functional resume. Like the chronological resume, it lists your work history in chronological order, starting with your most recent job. But like the functional resume, it also includes a skills section that highlights your skills and abilities.

Very interesting, right?

Who Should Use It? 
Let's talk straight forward on this.
Please keep in mind-
  • First, you should only use this type of resume if you have at least 10 years of work experience. 
  • Second, you may use a combination resume if you have significant gaps in your employment history. 
  • Third, you should use a combination resume if you are transitioning to a new career and want to highlight your transferable skills.
Actually, when you have long work experience but want to change your industry, a combination resume will be the best choice.
Is it clear to you? 

Targeted resume

It is one of the less commonly used resumes. But what is a targeted resume? 
Okay, I am answering. 
A targeted resume is specifically tailored to a particular job or company.
 It is different from a general resume. Now, your next question is probably, "why?"
Okay, let me answer straightforwardly. 
You can use a general resume for any job or position. But a targeted resume is usually more detailed, specific, and tailored to match the job requirements or position you are applying for.
It is good to have a different targeted resume for each job. This will ensure that each resume is relevant to the specific job you are applying for.
This type of resume will increase your chances of getting the job or position you want.
Pro tips: Start with a general resume. From there, you can add and remove information to create a customized resume that is tailored to the job you are applying for.
Through this discussion, you have already understood when to use a targeted resume. What do you say?

Infographic resume

Let's answer the question of what is an infographic resume at first.
A resume that uses visuals to showcase your skills and experience is called infographic resume.
This resume is well-suited for jobs in design and web development. 
If you're applying for a job in one of these industries, an infographic resume can be a great way.
Nowadays, many companies are using resume-reading software. It is called an applicant tracking system (ATS).
At first, ATS software scans a resume. Then it decides whether that resume should show to a hiring manager. In fact, it checks whether a resume contains enough resume keywords for a specific position.
You may ask me why I am writing all this. 
Actually, many ATS software doesn't understand infographic design elements that are generally used on infographic resume.
Only this? No. There is one more thing.
Some companies consider infographic resumes unprofessional.
So be careful, my dear.

Mini Resume

In a mini resume, you should include a summary of your skills and experience. You may use it to introduce yourself to potential employers.
It can be a business card–sized to a notepad paper–sized.
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Interesting, right?
Keep it always with you. You may meet with an HR manager or a CEO suddenly. Utilize that opportunity by providing them with this mini version.
Assume you are at an industry conference. Obviously, you are not there to look for a job, right?
So it does not make sense to bring a full-sized detailed resume there. 
But, yes, you can take there a mini resume.
If any good opportunity creates, you can provide a business card-sized mini resume to someone from your wallet.
It suits that situation.

Nontraditional resume

A nontraditional resume is a creative way to showcase your skills and experience in a way that is both unique and attention-grabbing. 
Some different types of nontraditional resumes are-
  • online portfolios
  • video resumes
  • personal websites
Who Should Use It?
It will be easy to understand if I give an example. 
Suppose you are applying for a video editor job. Use a video resume to showcase your video editing skills. I think from this example; you have got an idea of who should use a nontraditional resume.

Resume with profile

Most job seekers include a profile or summary statement at the top of their resume. This is a great way to give employers a quick overview of your skills and experience. However, not all profile statements are created equal. 
To make sure your statement is effective, avoid these common mistakes:
  • Refrain from including irrelevant information. Include the most relevant facts and leave out anything that doesn't directly relate to the job you're applying for.
  • Don't use jargon or overly technical language. Use language that everyone can understand.
  • Avoid using first-person pronouns.
  • Don't make grandiose claims or promises. Be realistic about what you can offer.
  • Keep it short and sweet. 
Remember, a profile statement should be in a few sentences.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Question: Why resume is important?

Answer: A document that summarizes your education, work experience, skills, and accomplishments is called a resume. It is used to apply for jobs and gives employers a quick way to see if you are a good fit for the role. That's why a resume is important.

Question: What resume format is best?

Answer:   I will answer this in multiple lines. The format that is right for you will depend on your individual experience and accomplishment. You can follow a few general guidelines when choosing a resume format.
A chronological resume is a good option if you have a lot of work experience and want to highlight your career progression. This format lists work experience in reverse chronological order.
A functional resume is a better option if you are changing careers or have gaps in your work history. This format highlights your skills and accomplishments rather than your work history.
Generally, most job seekers use one of three common resume formats: chronological, functional, or combination. 

Question: What does a resume mean?

Answer: A document that summarizes a candidate's skills, experience, and qualifications is called a resume. A job seeker uses it when applying for jobs, and it helps employers quickly assess whether that job seeker is a good fit for the role.

Question: What resume should look like?

Answer: I am providing you with some basic guidelines you can follow. 
Here are a few things to remember:
  • Keep your resume clear and concise. Avoid lengthy paragraphs and anything that isn't absolutely necessary.
  • Use strong action verbs to describe your experience and accomplishments.
  • Use simple, standard fonts and formatting. 
  • It should be easy to read and professional.
  • Adjust your resume to the job you're applying for. Make sure to highlight your skills and experience.
The best resume should look like this.

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In conclusion, we can write that there are mainly three types of resumes you should be familiar with (though there are many more different types I have already discussed). The most common one is a chronological resume, which lists your work experience in reverse chronological order. The functional resume highlights your skills and is less common. The combination resume is a combination of chronological and functional resumes and is becoming more popular. Knowing which type of resume to use will help you stand out from the competition. 

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