Demystifying Resume Formats

Chronological. Functional. Chrono-Functional. Hybrid. Combination. Print. Formatted. RTF. Electronic. Text. Scannable. PDF. Web-based. All of these are terms that are tossed around when people talk about resume formats. How is a job-seeker supposed to know the best resume format in any given situation? Do you need more than one format? Just how many formats do you need? First, it’s important to note that the term “format” has a couple of different meanings. When people talk about resume “format” they may be referring to:

  • The way the content of the resume is organized.
  • The technological approach to the resume’s preparation according to how it is intended to be delivered to its recipient.
  • Both of the above.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different types of resumes? What are the common elements of all resumes? Our article. What Resume Format is Best for You? addresses these issues, giving you all the information you need to write the best resume for you — given your job history and job-search strategy.

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