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Understanding the world of resume terminology and buzzwords is a bit confusing. It seems there are many different types of resume formats out there, especially when you're surfing the web. But currently, there are only three main types of resume formats: the Chronological, the Functional and a combination of the two called the Chrono-functional resume. Easy enough so far, right? One thing that seems to confuse a lot of people is that the Chrono-functional resumes are known by many different names.
Sometimes this format is referred to as a hybrid resume. Another resume is a combination resume, but although they are known by many different aliases, the third type is simply a combination of both the chronological and functional resume. Another term that is confusing is chronological resume. The word chronological means arranged in the order of time, but a chronological resume tells the history of your professional experience in reverse chronological order, not chronological.
Because of the misrepresentation of the name, a lot of people format their resume in the wrong order. Now that we have a clear understanding of all the buzzwords and jargon, we can move on to figuring out which format is best for you. In this chapter, we'll examine reverse chronological, functional, and the chrono-functional formats.
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