Choosing the BEST Resume Format for You

Chronological or Functional or Combined?

If you're writing your own resume, it can be tough to decide on the right format for your particular career trajectory. And, if you're doing research online, you're probably reading oodles of conflicting advice.

But, if you ask recruiters and hiring managers (you know, the people you actually need to impress), they want to read chronological.

Humans are better built for understanding stories with clear timelines (beginning, middle, end). This is my preferred format, because it’s the format that works!

Does that mean you should never use the other formats? No.

There are rare circumstances where the functional or combined (part chronological, part functional) are best. However, I would definitely enlist professional help. Experienced resume writers know how to make these formats feel more chronological and more like a compelling story that will resonate with hiring managers and recruiters.

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Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers and find rewarding, fulfilling jobs.

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