Resume styles

There is more than 1 kind of resume style depending on the employment situation. Listed below are several examples of resumes to assist you in selecting the best one for the situation you are in.  When preparing your resume be sure to use “action verbs” to list your skills and accomplishments. Short on verbs?  Never fear! There’s a fabulous list online…just CLICK HERE.  You may also want to refer to the Employability Skills 2000+ pdf which includes examples of employability skills.  There are many resources on the internet to help you compose your resume and thousands of free resume templates that can help you get started.  Feel free to check out this resume template for students.  Before you start you should check out these links:

10 Phrases You should Ban From your Resume.

  • Read the following information and if you need assistance to start a resume then feel free to download the resume template for students or visit the Career Centre for more assistance.


Lists skills and experience in reverse chronological order with emphasis on employers and employement dates. Most appropriate if you have a lot of progressive work experience in the same career field. View Chronological Sample adobe jpg

Functional Based

Describes skills and talents in order of importance. Most appropriate if you have little work experience or you are planning to make a career change. View Skills Sample adobe jpg


The combination format is a mixture of chronological and functional formats. It is probable the most common and most flexible format, allowing you to consolidate your skills and experience, cover gaps in job history, and allowing you to target a specific employer or position. View Combined Sample adobe jpg


This type or resume is suitable for student looking for their first job. The format accomodates those who have little work or volunteer experience. View Simple Sample adobe jpg

Common Questions & Answers

1.  I’m a student and the only jobs I’ve held are summer jobs. How do I make them seem important?

Every position is important because you acquire skills and gain experience. List yoiur seasonal work in a simple manner such as “Spring 1998″ rather than “5/98″

2.  What if I’ve worked for one employer all my life?

Make your progression within the company more obvious by separately listing each position you’ve held.

3.  I haven’t completed my education yet. How do I handle that?

Say something like, “graduation/degree/diploma anticipated in June 2001″.

4.  What if there are gaps in my work history?

Tell what you were doing while out of the workforce, especially if you were doing something valuable. “Travel & study”, or “family management”.

5.  I have no experience in the kind of work I want to do. Now What?

Get some experience. Even a brief period of volunteer work will do the trick. Re-examine any volunteer work you’ve done in the past to see if it fits in.

6.  How do I handle the fact that I’ve had a lot of short-term jobs?

Try to combine several jobs into one common area. For example; Office administration duties at a hardware store, insurance company and consulting firm.

7.  What do I do if I’m interested in more than one work opportunity?

Write a different resume for each position.

Some Advice:

  • Your resume should not be more than two or three pages long. For students, one page is excellent.
  • Make it short, specific, and above all easy to read.
  • Type your resume; check for errors.
  • Make extra copies to have lots on hand.
  • Use good quality paper.
  • Avoid using “I” on the resume.

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