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Resume guidelines

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
functional resume.
 
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.