4 Types Of Resumes You Need To Know About

4 Types Of Resumes You Need To Know About

When it comes to resumes, one size does not fit all. Different opportunities will want to see different information on your resume. Here are 4 main types of resumes that you might want to know about:


This is likely the closest to what you picture when you hear the word "resume". A conventional resume or one that you would submit for a job includes contact information, career objectives, professional experience, education and additional skills. There are three different formats of this type of resume. A reverse chronological one, where you list your experience at the top of the resume starting from the most recent. A functional resume is one in which your skills and achievements are at the top of the page. A combination resume is a composite of the other two types, listing your marketable skills and linking them to your past professional experience.

College Admissions

I hope you've been keeping track of activities, awards, honors, community service hours, leadership positions because this is when you're portfolio is going to come in great use! Your college admissions resume should highlight your accomplishments during high school and can also be a great asset when applying for scholarships. Unlike company recruiters, college admission officers are more interested in your academic achievements, awards, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service, and unique talents. While there is no "standard" format for this type of resume, here is a good example provided by the University of Texas.


While athletic resumes vary from sport to sport there are a few key common elements that are important to include in them. The first thing on your resume should be your personal contact information, the contact information of your team, and and the contact information of your coach(es). Some sports may like you to include information such as height, weight, and which events you participate in (if your sport has different events) in the personal contact information section. Next should include your academic information, including your GPA and ACT and/or SAT scores. After this, you should list your statistics and achievements as related to your sport. Lastly, you can include a list of your other notable sport-related experience. Don't forget to include a cover letter written directly to the coach!

Performing Arts

Similar to athletic resumes, a performer's resume will vary based on which discipline of the performing arts they are in. This type of resume will detail your performing experience, your abilities as a performer, and your official affiliations (dance teams, performing art schools, companies you've worked for). If you are a dancer, actor or model you should also include physical characteristics such as height, weight, hair color and build as these will be of interest to your future employers. The format of this resume is unique in that your education is included only after your affiliations, training, experience (or exhibitions you were featured in if you are an artist), and awards. Lastly, you can include notable skills or information unrelated to your art discipline, such as sports you play or academic skills.

Be prepared to customize or specialize your resume at a moment's notice with a list of your awards, achievements and experiences.

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