Different resume formats achieve different results. Make sure you know which format to use in your particular situation.
Most popular resume formats
The most popular to choose from are chronological, functional or cross-functional (also known as combination) style. Here some examples of the different types of resumes styles to use to apply for jobs.
Reverse chronological resume
Resumes for all job levels can be presented in the reverse chronological format. It is the most commonly used approach. This resume highlights your achievements and responsibilities within the organisations for which you have worked. The organisations are listed in the reverse chronological order i.e. the most recent organisation is listed first. Place most emphasis upon your most recent positions given that they are the most relevant to the job requirements or the most senior.
Example of a reverse chronological listing of positions
|ABC Company 2008-2010|
Jones Corporation 2003-2008
Unlike the reverse chronological resume, primary emphasis is on your relevant functional skills and the achievements supporting them. They are highlighted without direct reference to the organisations in which they were developed or the timeframe of their acquisition. The functional skills are listed in priority order according to either the requirements of the job as expressed in a job advertisement or your independent research.
Example of a functional resume
|Professional experience |
Tax accounting (outline experience gained in last few positions in bullet points)
Insolvency (outline experience gained in last few positions in bullet points)
This resume is comprised of a combination of both the chronological and functional styles and includes an outline of both your chronological career history and areas of expertise. The cross functional resume is useful if you wish to go into depth and highlight the various areas you were responsible for in your most recent position.
Example of a cross-functional resume
|ABC Company 2008-2012|
Tax accounting (outline experience gained in bullet points)
If you’re not sure what to include in your CV, read our guide on action words for resumes and cover letters.