Writing your own resume can be a confusing process in today’s job hunting world. Part of the confusion lies in sorting through the many different types of resumes in use today. Some of your choices are:

  • Chronological
  • Functional
  • Combination (or Hybrid)
  • Targeted
  • Creative
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scannable
  • Electronic
  • Web
  • Video

A Chronological resume follows a time sequence. In this type of resume your work history is listed with the your current or most recent job first. This is an excellent type to choose if you have a solid logical work history. It is the wrong choice if your last job is not related to the new position that you are applying for. This is a favorite resume style for recruiters and hiring managers as it is easy to read and quickly shows your work history.

A functional resume is one that focuses on your skills and experiences instead of your work history. It highlights accomplishments and skills. This is another good style for recruiters because they can quickly see what you have to offer. It is also a good choice for anyone who has a less than stellar work history that would show in the chronological style, like someone with gaps in their employment history or people who have changed careers.

A combination resume is a combination of the above two formats. It’s great to emphasize your skills and to lesson your work history. You would explain where and when your successes occurred. You can provide a listing of both skills and the chronological work history that recruiters are looking for.

A targeted resume is one that is customized for a particular position. It takes time because you need to “tweak” your resume and target it for each and every job you apply for. This is considered to be the best way to create a resume.

A creative resume is for creative positions and are a great opportunity to unleash the artist within. You still need to supply the required information, however this is the one time you get to think outside the box. You need to understand that these types of resumes can’t be scanned into a database. If you have to have one that will, you need to create and send two, one creative and one in ASCII text form.

A curriculum vitae is longer and more detailed than a standard resume. It is most often the form used by scientists and educators. Business and industry people use resumes.

A scannable resume means it can be scanned into a computer database where recruiters and employers can review it. This is quickly becoming a common condition in the larger job market.

An electronic resume is one that can be sent electronically, either through online resume data banks and job sites or that can be sent in the body of an email. These types of resumes need to be created in plain text, rich text, and hypertext (standard ASCIII file formats).

A web resume is usually a series of web pages that serves the same function as a paper resume but with a lot more versatility. This does not replace a paper resume; instead, you would have two to show employers.

A video resume, like a web resume, if done well, is a remarkable marketing tool. If not done professionally then it can be a disaster. Again, this type of resume does not replace the traditional paper version, but is instead a complement to it.

As you can see, there are many different styles available. However, each format has its own purpose and the right one for you can make the difference between getting that all important interview or not.