Job resume guide

There are three commonly-used resume formats:

  1. Chronological
  2. Functional
  3. Combination

Each resume format has their own set of pros and cons for different kinds of job applications.

Chronological Resume Format
The chronological resume lists work experience in a reverse-chronological order, beginning with the newest job at the top of the list followed by each previous jobs in order by date.

The Order of a Chronological Resume:

  1. Contact Details
  2. Work Experience
  3. Education
  4. Additional Skills

Functional Resume Format

In a functional resume, the candidate describes the skills, experience, and achievements most relevant to the job application without mentioning the duration spent on previous jobs.

It is suitable for application to jobs that require very specific skills or experiences.

Combination Resume Format

A combination resume is a mix of the chronological and functional resume formats. This resume format lists both your skills and your chronological employment history.

Typically, a combination or hybrid format begins with a functional summary first, followed by a reverse chronological listing of dates, employers, and brief job descriptions.


  • Match your resume to the requirements of the employer. Be aware of what the company is seeking for and organize your resume to meet the specific requirements of the company.
  • Make sure the resume has a logical progression with a clear layout and attractive formatting.
  • Highlight why you are fit for the specific role you are applying for, not just show a listing of your previous jobs.
  • Focus on what you can provide to the employer not what you want to gain from the job.
  • Leave out unnecessary personal information like height, weight, religion or place of birth.
  • Leave out mentioning hobbies or interests that have no relevance to the job.
  • Avoid using abbreviations or acronyms – employers might not realize what those letters stand for.
  • Ensure your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors and errors of fact or omissions.
  • Use simple, straightforward language.