There are 3 main resume formats that most are familiar with. Those can then have 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.
Save your resume in a PDF version. 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 version required if submitting online. Avoid saving as a JPG or PNG, those are mainly used for pictures or graphics.
Click on a resume type below to see more information.
Puts all experience (last job first) up front and center. Most popular format. Recruiters and ATS software are familiar with it. Highlights peaks of your work experience. Showcases your work history and skills/responsibilities. Not great for those with large gaps in their work history or who have a history of job-hopping. Also, not recommended if you are changing careers.
Focuses on your skills and qualifications. Highlights what you are good at with minimal focus on your work history. Use specific skill or qualification groups to organize your resume. Using 4 -5 skill groups that are most relevant to the job you are applying for, i.e., Research / Writing / Media Relations / Customer Service / Management. This type of format is good for those in creative industries, transitioning military service members, those with gaps in their work history, and even for those that may not want to seem overqualified.
This hybrid-type resume 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 this resume. 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.
Skills and Work Experience
Work Experience Section
Easy to read, & universal known
Conceals flaws in work history
Emphasizes and validates skills
Almost all candidates
Military transitions, large gaps in work, creative jobs, or candidates who do not want to seem overqualified
Experienced professionals, Career changers