By Andrea Bankier
A common question we get asked at Sheffield is “What sort of format should I present my CV in?” There is no hard and fast rule for this, however you should tailor your CV according to your career history. Broadly, there are 3 CV formats worth exploring: the Chronological CV, the Functional CV and the Combination CV.
1. The Chronological CV
This type of CV is ideal when you are continuing in the same career and want to show how you’ve progressed. They focus on where you’ve worked or studied. They should list all jobs in reverse order, i.e. with the most recent first. Titles and organisational names are emphasised. This type of CV is very popular and the easiest to prepare and is probably the most useful for potential employers.
Use one if:
Don't use one if:
2. The Functional CV
Functional CVs focus on what you have done, not where and when you did it. Functional CVs are good when you've had a gap in employment, are changing fields, or are just starting out in your career. If you’re a consultant or a contractor then this type of CV should definitely be used as you’re likely to have worked with a large number of clients.
3. The Combination CV
A combination CV combines elements of both chronological and functional CVs, to help you highlight both your skills and experience.
- See more at: http://www.sheffield.co.nz/Insights/ID/50/What-sort-of-CV-do-you-have#sthash.yXKQlqpN.dpuf
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