How to make Resume

How to write a resume .

Need some basic information about writing a resume and making it stand out? Or maybe you’re looking for advice on how to fine-tune your career summary, craft your work history section, and show off your education and skills? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Then check out the following resume writing tips to learn how to write a resume optimizing each section for maximum success.

Step 1: Choose From 3 Formats

So you are staring at a blank page on your computer wondering, “Where do I start?” Hundreds ask this same question every day and the reason is most likely due to the fact that there is no standard rule for formatting a resume.
Your formatting decision comes down to 3 choices: Reverse-Chronological, Functional, and Combination. Each format has their own advantages and disadvantages. Below, you will find which one is best for you.

a.  Chronological

Also commonly called “reverse chronological,” this is the most common format and probably the one you already use.
Chronological resumes are great for clearly displaying your work or educational history and they are a solid choice for just about any level of experience.

I should use if:

  • I want to show a vertical career progression.
  • I want to apply to a job in a similar field.
  • I want to promote my upward career mobility

I shouldn’t use if:

  • I have major gaps in my employment history.
  • I am changing my career path.
  • I change jobs every few months.


b.  Functional

This format is basically the opposite of chronological. The Functional format focuses more on specific skills, accomplishments, or accolades. In this format, your skills and career highlights are towards the top.
 Your work history ends up closer to the bottom (and is much shorter). This format is excellent for project-based workers or freelancers, or for workers coming off a long career hiatus.

I should use if:

  • I have gaps in my employment history.
  • I am changing my career industry.
  • I want to highlight a specific skill set.

I shouldn’t use if:

  • I want to highlight my upward career mobility.
  • I am an entry level candidate that lacks experience.
  • I lack transferable skills

   c.  Combination

This format, like its name indicates, is a combo of the functional and chronological formats. The Combination format is great if you want to show a mixture of skills and experience.
 It’s also useful for workers who want to highlight a very specific set of skills and how their work history has helped build those abilities.

I should use if:

  • I want to highlight a developed skill set within a specific career.
  • I want to change my career path.
  • I am a master of the subject I am applying to.

I shouldn’t use if:

  • I want to highlight my education.
  • I lack experience.
  • I am an entry level candidate.

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