Crafting Your Résumé

As you know, your résumé is a valuable marketing tool for helping you to secure a job. Most likely you have some experience creating a résumé. The résumé you draft or polish as a midcareer or seasoned professional will be different from the one you created when you applied to your first job following graduation.

General Tips

  • Highlight your accomplishments and contributions. Do not list job responsibilities.
  • Include a “Career Profile”/”Summary of Qualifications”/”Objective” statement below your contact information. This statement will create a framework for your résumé. More specifically, a “Career Profile”/”Summary of Qualifications” statement provides an overview of your credentials, while an “Objective” statement explicitly articulates your goal.
  • Do not exceed two pages.

Types of Résumés

Your résumé format will depend upon your background as well as the type of job or career change you seek. Listed below are the most common types of résumés:

Chronological

A chronological résumé lists your employment history, beginning with your current position. This type of résumé demonstrates your career progression.

Who Should Use this Format

This format is recommended for job seekers who have a strong employment record (e.g., no gaps in job history), those who have work experience primarily in one primary industry, and those who seek employment in their current industry.

Tips for Writing the Résumé

List relevant work experience and focus on accomplishments. It is not necessary to list every job.

View a sample chronological résumé (PDF)

Functional

A functional résumé focuses on your skills and experience.

Who Should Use this Format

This format is recommended for job seekers who have significant gaps in employment history, those who seek to re-enter the work force, and those who have achievements in their volunteer work or hobbies.

Tips for Writing the Résumé

Emphasize your accomplishments and showcase your transferable skills.

View a sample funtional résumé (PDF)

Combination

A combination résumé presents your skills and experience first followed by your employment history.

Who Should Use this Format

This format is recommended for the job seeker who would like to focus attention on his/her accomplishments and unique skills.

Tips for Writing the Résumé

Your format will include a section(s) which emphasize your area(s) of expertise, but also include a brief listing of your employment history.

View a sample combination résumé (PDF)