The most effective resumes are customized, matching the job seeker's strengths with the requirements of a specific job or type of job. This means you cannot rely on a template or particular format to meet your needs for all jobs.
The resume is a brief “professional” summary used to screen applicants for an interview. It is an advertisement of the applicant’s strengths and skills and also a sample of the applicant’s work.
There are three basic resume formats. Click on the links below to find out how to write (or revise) your resume.
Chronological: Describes education, experience and activities in reverse chronological order
(most recent first). See an example of a chronological resume.
Functional: Describes and emphasizes skills and accomplishments. See an example of a
Targeted or combination: Combines both formats above. Describes education, experience,
activities and skills. See an example of a combination resume.
Military to civilian: The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has an example of turning military language into civilian language. Take a look at the civilian resume for military experience.