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Resume Formats


  • Use if your education and/or experience closely relates to your career goals.
  • Lists education and work experience in reverse chronological order (most recent information in each section first).
  • Most commonly used resume format.


Functional (example)

  • Puts greater emphasis on SKILLS and less on work history or educational background.
  • Effective when work experience does not show a direct relationship to the job or when there are significant gaps in experience.


Combination (example)

  • Shows a short skills summary.
  • Maintains use of reverse chronological order for education and experience sections.


Scannable resumes (example)

  • Many employers using this method to store the large number of resumes they receive.
  • Use keywords or phrases applicable to the career field or related to the job applying for.
  • Use a standard font style sized between 10-12 points. Avoid decorative fonts.
  • Do not use italics or underlining. Use boldface for emphasis.
  • Avoid graphics and shading.
  • Use asterisks (*) instead of bullets.
  • Do not double space between sections.
  • Resume should be an original, printed on white paper. Do not fold or staple.

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1301 Human Services
Charleston, IL 61920

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