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A chronological resume focuses primarily on the history of your work experience and education. It also shows your progress and advancements in your career. This resume format is popular among businesses. A functional resume focuses on your skills and experience, without including chronological time and job titles. It presents a profile of your experience based on professional strengths or groups of skills. Your employment history usually follows, but in less detail than in a chronological resume.

It is used most often by people with gaps in their work history, those who are changing careers and individuals with limited work experience. Employers generally do not prefer to receive functional resumes as they do not show your work history or career progress. A combination or combined resume combines the best features of the traditional chronological where the dates are in reverse order and functional where skills are listed in the beginning resumes.

A combination resume can also be referred to as a skills based resume. A combination resume works for entry level candidates as well as for those who have many years experience and need a better resume. Below you will find a list of action verbs that could be used on a resume.

For a longer list, here are some additional Action Verbs. Conducted, coordinated, developed, directed, established, evaluated, facilitated, formulated, guided, improved, presided, scheduled, supervised, trained. Addressed, clarified, conferred, drafted, explained, formulated, motivated, negotiated, persuaded, presented, promoted, translated, wrote.

Analyzed, assembled, built, consulted, designed, examined, identified, interpreted, operated, overhauled, remodeled, repaired, researched, revised.

Advised, arranged, coached, counseled, diagnosed, facilitated, instructed, oriented, represented. Conceptualized, created, designed, fashioned, illustrated, initiated, invented, originated, performed.

Administered, analyzed, balanced, budgeted, calculated, contracted, forecast, marketed, planned, projected, recommended. Revised, collected, catalogued, classified, compiled clarified, indexed, organized, prepared, processed, simplified, systemized.

Consolidated, distributed, expedited, generated, increased, marketed, obtained, penetrated, promoted, recruited, stimulated. Was Helpful Needs Improvement. Thanks for the feedback! It will help us improve your experience.

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