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Resume samples model the basic formats and principles of resume writing. Draw the best from each to help style your resume.

A template is a tool for crafting your resume. It isn’t a fill-in-the-blank form, but it can help you get started. Ultimately, your resume should be unique to you and tailored to your particular strengths and experience.

The samples and templates below are organized by type. Choose the resume format that best matches your skills and qualifications.

Chronological Resume

  • Emphasizes work history — where you worked and when.
  • Easy for employers to scan.
  • Often used by job seekers with steady work experience in their desired career field.
  • Chronological Sample
  • Chronological Template

Functional Resume

  • Groups work experience and skills by skill areas or job function.
  • De-emphasizes lack of experience in a field.
  • Useful for first-time job seekers, those reentering the workforce, and career changers.
  • Functional Sample
  • Functional Template

Combination Resume

  • Combines the knowledge, skills and abilities as highlighted in a functional resume with a shorter, chronological work summary.
  • Easily incorporates other experiences, like volunteering or internships.
  • Often used by job seekers with a varied employment history, and by career changers.
  • Combination Sample
  • Combination Template

Text Format

  • A plain-text version of a typical resume.
  • Allows a computer to scan for certain terms and keywords more effectively.
  • Text Format Sample

Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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