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A resume is a written summary introducing you and your accomplishments, abilities, skills, qualifications and experience to a potential employer. To properly manage your career today, you need a resume, or resumes, that will work for you in a variety of ways.

The traditional resume—a paper, or hard copy that was either handed or mailed to a company—used to be the only option. With technology came the dominance of scannable and emailable resumes. Whether a traditional, scannable or emailable resume, there are a number of formats that can be used when creating your resume. Where you are in your career and what you want your resume to accomplish will help determine the type of format you choose. Below is a brief description of each format and suggestions on when to use each.

The Chronological Resume

The chronological resume is the most popular and widely accepted resume format. It is organized by job title and presents your work experience in chronological order. This type of resume is easy to read and can be quickly scanned for employment history. Consider using a chronological resume when:

The Functional Resume

The functional resume highlights your career skills, accomplishments and qualifications at the top, regardless of when they occurred in your career. Your employment history is not the focus and is accordingly positioned near the bottom of your resume.Consider using a functional resume when:

The Combination Resume

The combination format blends and amplifies the benefits of both chronological and functional resume formats. By beginning with a summary (functional format) of your most impressive qualifications, skills and accomplishments, combination resumes immediately place the emphasis where you want it. An employment history section (chronological format) follows your summary of career strengths. Consider using a combination resume when: