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Career Services at SJR State

The purpose of this guide is to help you identify companies for a job search, find job openings in specific fields, perform background research on companies for interviews and create company lists for targeted job searches.

What is a Resume?

The purpose of a resume is to get an interview.  Your resume is where employers will gather a first impression of you, your skills, your experience and your education. It needs to be clear, concise and captivating.  

All resume types are widely used. Choose the best type to highlight your skills and qualifications. 

Types of Resumes

Chronological Resume Example

Reverse-chronological resume: the most common and practical resume format

  • Focuses on work experience.
  • Preferred by Recruiters and HR managers.
  • It is the most likely format to beat the Applicant Tracking System software.
  • May be difficult for a recent graduate or someone with a career gap to have enough experience.

Functional resume: skills-based resume format

  • Best for a creative industry
  • Good for those who do not have much work experience.
  • Highlights your skills and what you know.
  • Most recruiters and HR managers do not prefer functional resumes.
  • Functional resumes have difficulty getting past Applicant Tracking System software.

Functional Resume Example

Functional Resume Defined   How To Create A Functional Resume


Combination Resume: a combination of chronological and functional resumes

  • Equally highlights work experience and skills.
  • Saves space so that you can focus on your most relevant achievements.
  • Best for senior professionals or executives with significant experience and skills
  • Hybrid resumes have difficulty getting past Applicant Tracking System software.
  • Recruiters do not tend to like this format.

Combination Resume Example

Resume Workshop