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A Look at the Best Resume Layouts of 2021 (Part 1)

The new year has — finally — arrived and you’re ready to make a big career move. As one of the most successful temp agencies in Allentown, PA, HTSS, Inc. knows a thing or two about the importance of submitting a perfectly polished resume.

In addition to customizing your resume for each job you apply to, it’s also crucial to choose the right layout. The option you go with will depend on your unique situation and the type of job you’re hoping to land. Here’s an overview to get you started.

3 Most Popular Resume Layouts for 2021


Technically listed in reverse-chronological order, this type of layout starts with your most recent job and works its way down through your relevant employment history. This format is best for job seekers with continuous employment history, who are seeking new opportunities in the same or a similar field. Employers can easily map your career progression, seeing your rise from entry-level worker to the position you currently hold.


A format focused more on your skills than work history, a functional resume emphasizes the abilities you can bring to the position at hand. This type of layout is best if you have several employment gaps, are looking to change careers or are trying to re-enter the workforce after a notable period of time.

Highlight your top skills as they relate to the position you’re applying to. Group skills into sections, so it’s easy for the reader to connect the dots and see your fit for the job.


As its name suggests, a combination layout is a mix of the chronological and functional formats. Offering the best of both arrangements, you’re able to highlight your work experience and relevant skills. Put the section that best sells you for the position on top, immediately followed by the other.

This type of layout is best if you’re trying to change careers, but also have a colorful employment history that has allowed you to garner a notable amount of transferrable skills pertinent to the position.

If you want to start the new year with a rewarding new job in the Lehigh Valley, HTSS, Inc. is here for you. Contact us today to find career satisfaction in 2021.


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As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.