Compare and contrast Chronological, Functional, Combination, and Plain Text Resumes.
Kristen Lentz | Certified Educator
I feel like I almost need some sort of graphic organizer like a Venn diagram to compare these properly, but let's focus on similarities and differences.
- Functional, chronological, and combination resumes can look extremely professional.
- They all contain basic contact information and to some extent, skills and work history.
- A combination resume is similar to both a functional and chronological resume, because it combines both skills and work experience.
- All four are common types of resumes that can be used in the mainstream job market.
- All four resumes have strengths and weaknesses, but can be used to make the potential employee appear in the best possible light.
- Unlike the other types of resumes, plain text resumes lack formatting and are best used for online document uploads where formatting may be lost.
- Functional and Chronological focus on different aspects. Functional highlights skills, whereas Chronological focuses on work experience.
- A Plain Text resume could be chronological, functional, or combination, just without the fancy formatting.
- Combination resume can be seen as having an advantage over the functional or chronological because it offers both skills and work experience; however, some employers prefer the more mainstream, recognized formats of chronological or functional.