How to Choose the Right Resume Type Worksheet

Practice with this Resume Types Worksheet to understand which situations call for each type of resume. By completing 10 exercises that require you to consider a variety of personal situations, you can improve your job search writing by always picking the right resume.
How to Choose the Right Resume Type

Instructions

Read each of the hypothetical personal situations in the below exercises. State which type of resume you would use, and explain your choice.

  • You have worked as an administrative office assistant for 10 years, working in only two different positions during that time period.

    Position you are applying for: administrative assistant

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You are a recent college graduate with a degree in accounting. You have no previous real-world experience in the field, but you did complete two different summer internships focused on accounting.

    Position you are applying for: entry-level accounting clerk in an accounting firm

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have worked as a manager for six years and as a district supervisor for four years for a company that owns and operates convenience stores.

    Position you are applying for: regional sales manager for a department store

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have worked in the following positions over the last six years: store clerk, telemarketer, nurses aid, short-order cook, office assistant and receptionist.

    Position you are applying for: human resources office assistant

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have worked for 11 years as an investment banker. You have your PhD and have recently earned the credentials to teach.

    Position you are applying for: teaching position at a community college

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have worked as a computer programmer for a total of eight years. However, you have not worked within the field for the past three years because you were raising your small children. You have kept up-to-date with industry changes.

    Position you are applying for: software developer at the corporate offices of a company that owns and operate retail stores

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You are a secretary with more than 10 years of experience, most of which comes from the one position you hold currently. You have just completed your degree in marketing.

    Position you are applying for: entry-level marketing consultant

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have not worked by choice in over 10 years because you were a stay-at-home mom. Your children are now all in high school. You are generally a fit person and work out at least four times per week, including attending local exercise classes.

    Position you are applying for: fitness class instructor at a local gym

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:

  • You have worked in the field of marketing since your date of graduation six years earlier. Positions you have held include serving as an administrative assistant to a high-level marketing executive, working in the copy room of a marketing firm and several entry-level marketing positions.

    Position you are applying for: marketing department manager for a major corporation

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice:p>

  • You have an extensive and solid work history in the field of finance. You have worked as a personal loan officer, a commercial loan officer, an account specialist, vice president in a credit union and branch manager in a major bank.

    Position you are applying for: bank teller at a major bank

    Resume type:

    Reason for your choice: