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A big key to the ultimate success of your resume... and your job search overall... is the resume format that you choose. Most everyone knows about the chronological resume format, so it's the most common one used, especially by people new to the job market.

But the chronological format isn't the best one for every situation. Two other options – the functional, or skills resume format, and the hybrid, or combination resume format, may actually be better in some instances. To learn more about the various resume formats, visit our "How to Pick a Resume Format" page.

But, even though I've devoted quite a few pages on the site to choosing and using the different formats for a resume, I still get a lot of questions here around the topic of best resume format and so forth. And the questions aren't just about the three main job resume formats either. Some of them are about file formats, such as plain text, MS Word vs. PDF, etc. People also ask about which fonts work best on a resume, how to resume wording, etc.

So I decided to dedicate a whole section of Ask the Expert just to cover these questions about the job resume format! You can scan the questions you'll find here to see if there's already an answer posted that addresses what you wanted to know.

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Please take time to peruse the questions at the bottom of this page to make sure I haven't already answered the question you have. You can also look through our archives of older questions about resume writing format.

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Other Job Resume Format Questions & Answers

Click below to see questions other visitors to this page have asked about best resume format, etc., along with my answers. (To see the answers to some of the questions, you may need to click the Comments link.) Please don't repeat the same questions.

Just Starting Out 
I am 21 yrs old and am currently employed as a bank teller at my first "professional job". I am currently attending college in the evenings and would …

How do I handle a 2-page resume? 
Do I print page two on the back of page one or do I make an entirely separate page? If it is two pages do I staple together or leave apart? ANSWER: …

What format works best for military veterans? 
17 year Air Force veteran looking to transition into a civilian airline company general manager position. Have numerous aviation qualifications and Bachelors …

Is there a place on the resume to reflect my 7 years as a homemaker? 
After 7 years as a homemaker, I am re-entering the workforce... is there any place on a resume for these 7 years? I have 10 years of teaching experience. …

Which resume format is best for a stay at home mom returning back to work? 
Which resume to use for a stay at home mom that has been out of work for over 13 years, but is now ready to return back to the work scene? Thank you! …

Font used in resumes in this website and other questions 
Dear Kathi... Thank you for this free online service and a wonderful website. Your resumes were of a great help to me as I am in the process of drafting …

What format should a resume be in if not Word? 
I have my resume in Word, but that's not what they want they want. They want it in another form and I don't know how to do that. ANSWER: I'm sorry, …

What does "Word format" mean? 
I sent a resume online to an employer and they sent me a email back saying I needed to send a resume in word format to move further. Answer: Jeff, …


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