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There are 3 main resume formats that most are familiar with. Those can then include many variations and designs,  such as simple, modern, professional, unique, minimalist, traditional, artistic, classy, vintage,  etc.,  You will want to pick the best resume format and design that fits you and your situation and the type of job you are applying for.

Basic Formatting Tips


Set 1-inch margins

Font Size

Pick 11 or 12pt font and stick with it


Be consistent with your formatting (dates, titles, locations, etc.)

Line Spacing

Use single spacing or 1.25

Section Spacing

Add an extra space before and after each section heading


Don’t use photo’s unless specifically requested

Bullet Points

Do use bullet points

Saving & Submitting your resume

Save your resume in a PDF version, as this is the best format to submit. Ensure the layout stays the same when saving. Some employers still require MS Word or DOCX. Pay attention to application instructions on the specific format required if submitting online. Avoid saving as a JPG or PNG, those are mainly used for pictures or graphics.

Types of REsumes

Click on a resume type below to see more information. 

A chronological resume puts all experience (in reverse) upfront and center. Most popular. Recruiters and ATS software are familiar with it. Highlights peaks of your experience. Showcases your work history and skills/responsibilities. Not great for those with gaps in their work history or who have a history of job-hopping. Also not ideal if you are changing careers.

A functional resume focuses on your skills and qualifications. Emphasizes what you are good at with little focus on your actual work history. Select and use specific skill or qualification themes to organize your resume. Using 4 -5 skill groups that are most relevant to the job you are applying for (Research / Writing / Media Relations / Customer Service ). This type of format is good for those in creative industries, transitioning service members, those with work history gaps, and even for those that may not want to seem overqualified for a lower-level position. Keep in mind this is not a popular resume with recruiters and hiring managers.

The combination resume is a hybrid-type resume that really gives an even playing field to both your work history and your skills and qualifications. Usually, the focal point is the skills summary which should be near the top of your combination resume. Really showcasing your most relevant and important skills. This type of format is more suitable for those with gaps in work history but who have relevant work experience. Can be difficult to format and create.

Resume Matrix

Chronological Resume Functional Resume Combination Resume
Chief Focus
Work Experience
Skills and Work Experience
Work Experience Section
At the top, relevant
At the bottom, irrelevant
In the middle, relevant
Skills Section
In the middle, relevant
At the top, relevant
At the top, relevant
Main Advantage
Easy to read, universal
Conceals flaws in work history
Emphasizes and validates skills
Main Weakness
Very common, might require tweaking
Suggests you’re hiding something
Suitable for few candidates
Good For
Virtually all candidates
Creative jobs, military transitions, large gaps in work, candidates who don’t want to seem overqualified
Career changers, experienced professionals
Not Ideal For
Career changers or employment-gappers with very complicated work histories
Students, experienced professionals, career changers, entry-level candidates
Entry-level candidates, students

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