A résumé is a brief document that summarizes your education, employment history, and experiences that are relevant to your qualifications for a particular job for which you are applying. The general résumé usually contains four sections:

Types of Résumés

There are many different types of résumé formats. Depending on your personal circumstance and the type of job you are applying for, you may choose to develop your résumé in one of the following styles:

  • Chronological
    • Lists your work history with the most recent position first. 
  • Functional
    • Focuses on your skills and experience, rather than your chronological work history
  • Combination
    • Lists skills and experience first then your employment history. 
  • Nontraditional
    • Web-based résumé that may include photos, graphics, images, and other visuals. 

 LIghtbulb icon Tip from an Advisor: Always been a master résumé. That way you can pick and chose the appropriate information to include on your résumé depending on the job you are applying for.