CV format

CV is a very important tool in job search, one which truly reflects your abilities and qualifications and hence should be drafted with care. Having said that it is important to realise that there are different ways of drafting CV, each of which though containing the same information, is different in the chief emphasising point.

There are six different CV formats that are used worldwide, namely, chronological CV, functional CV, performance CV, targeted CV, alternate CV and universal CV.

Chronological CV is the most commonly used format, which lists your education, experience and work history in the reverse order that is starting from the latest and moving on to the oldest.


Functional CV on the other hand, focuses on the skills achieved and displayed in the various functions handled by you. Most commonly used format in cases where a person wants to change his field or area of work.

Performance CV is similar to chronological CV, only difference being it emphasises on awards, recognitions and achievements and lists those in chronological order.

Targeted CV is a vacancy oriented CV, which is created in such a way that your CV becomes the most appropriate CV for the job.  It focuses specifically on the job vacancy you are applying for.

Alternate CV is a format oft used by people in the creative field, where they need to add more colour as well as flamboyance to their CV. The focus of such CVs is on the person applying rather than his or her achievements.

Last but not the least, Universal CV as the name suggests is a blend of all of the above categories. This is largely used by people who are not sure of which format to use and hence mix all the above formats to create a universally acceptable CV.