What is the best CV format? It does not exist and we will explain why!

What is the best CV format? This is one of the first big questions you ask yourself when starting to write a resume vitae.

Very often, however, we are confronted with indecision and the difficulty in finding your way between the various types of curriculum : there are in fact different models and we hear many conflicting opinions on this. To overcome the confusion and calmly choose the most suitable CV, you can start from a certainty: there are no better resume formats than others.

There is no best CV format

We cannot rank among resume formats and determine which one is the absolute best. Instead, we can help you figure out which format is best for your specific situation. The choice of the model to use depends on three main key elements:

  1. The job offer : the company from which it comes and the role professional you want to apply for.
  2. Your profile : your training and work history, your skills.
  3. Your personality : what you want to highlight and communicate.

The main curriculum vitae formats

Below we will introduce you to the main resume formats and give you all the information you need to choose the one that best suits your needs.

1. The classic (or chronological) format


  • It is simple, very common and suitable for most contexts.
  • It allows you to highlight the continuity of your career and training path .
  • It has a clear and orderly organization : it is easy to read for both recruiters and software.

Generally it is composed from the following sections, arranged as follows:

  1. Contact information.
  2. Career goals (very brief description in which you define the position you are interested in, the key competencies that qualify you, the benefits or value you can bring).
  3. Work experience (newest to oldest).
  4. Education.
  5. Skills.
  6. Optional additional sections (languages, awards, publications, licenses, hobbies).

When to choose it?

Choose this CV format if you want to be on the safe side and do not know in depth the style of the company you are applying for. In fact, sending a resume that is too particular could represent a risk if the context requires a certain level of formality.

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2. The functional format (based on skills)


  • Allows you to highlight your skills and abilities , especially those required by the role you are applying for.
  • Allows you to rearrange the skills into clear subcategories and to give importance to both hard and soft skills.
  • It is not very usual so it could cause difficulties in case it was analyzed by a software or by a recruiter used to reading more common resume formats.

It is generally composed of the following sections , so arranged:

  1. Contact information.
  2. Career goals (very short description where you define the position you are interested in, the key competencies that qualify you, the benefits or the value you can bring).
  3. Skills.
  4. Short list of work experience.
  5. Education.
  6. Optional additional sections (languages, acknowledgments , publications, licenses, other).

When to choose it?

We recommend that you choose the functional resume if you find yourself in one of the following situations:

  • If you are responding to a job offer in which specific skills are required rather than special qualifications or experience.
  • If your story is not in line with the position you are applying for.
  • If your career path is marked by significant breaks or gaps that you do not want to put on display.
  • If you have not yet developed a rich work history but have skills developed thanks to your studies or in non-traditional contexts (experience of volunteering, travel, training courses).

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