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Resume Overview

Your resume is one of the most important tools you have to acquire employment.  

It is important to select the right type of resume for your professional and personal situation.  A resume is usually a short, formal document that you provide potential employers.  Your resume outlines your professional employment experience, your education and training and your technical skills.

This video brings together six experts in resume-writing to reveal their most valuable secrets. Bite-size bits of information cover everything from the basic building blocks—formats, layouts, fonts, action words, and much more—to topics such as crazy mistakes people make on their resumes, how recruiters spot liars, and Interests and Activities blunders. Online resumes and social networking are also covered.

175 resume secrets [Video file]. (2009). Retrieved from

Functional Resumes: A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, rather than on your chronological work history. It can be used by individuals who are changing careers or those who have gaps in their employment history. Your skills and capabilities are emphasized to highlight your abilities. 

Functional resumes are ideal for people new to the workforce, have gaps in their careers, are looking to change career paths, or are applying for a job with very specific requirements and characteristics in mind. (Doyle, 2017)

Example of Functional Resume

Chronological Resumes: This is a resume that lists your work history in reverse chronological order (starting with your most recent job). This type of resume allows you to emphasize your work experience.(Doyle, 2016)

Example of Chronological Resume

Combination or Hybrid Resumes: A combination/hybrid resume is a combination of both a functional resume and a chronological resume. A hybrid resume focuses on skills but also includes titles and dates of previous employment as well as relevant information about the person.

Example of Combination/Hybrid Resume

Resume preparation [Video file]. (2004). Retrieved from

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