Cover Letter / December 24, 2018 / Lea Melton.
Here are some cases where a functional resume is best: When youre new to the workforce or coming back after a long absence When you have large or many gaps in your work history When youve worked for only 1 or 2 companies over many years When you want to make a career change When youve been in the workforce for many years and you want to de-emphasize your age Youve worked at a number of different unrelated jobs. Tips for using this resume format. Highlight your most relevant assets for each job youre seeking up front in the resume in their general order of importance. If you dont have much formal work experience then list any skills or experience that can translate into such including volunteer work and internships. Be honest though; dont make stuff up.
Finally never let your resume be determined by resume formats. It is also very important to avoid omitting or including information just because the format requires this information. Doing this can cause you to miss out on a good opportunity because there is missing information or extraneous information. When you are compiling your resume and considering resume formats it is important that you keep your resume as neat and as simple to read as possible. Some people think that it is more important to make your resume stand out so they choose to use graphics to generate some interest. Quite often this can actually backfire and the resume that looks less professional may be the first to hit the trashcan. It is in your best interest to keep resume formats clean and professional. You want to invite the employer to read the resume so keep your resume formats reader friendly. Use wide margins because thin margins and long long sentences can cause the reader to loose their train of thought and they can loose interest. Certainly you need to be professional but do not cause the reader to need a dictionary to follow what you are saying and do not use professional jargon.
Deciding on a resume format is the first major decision to be made when creating your resume. The overall look of your resume depends on the resume format font and outline you choose. The two main types of format in use are the chronological and functional formats. When to Use the Chronological Resume Format A Chronological resume is the easiest to create and it is also the most widely used format. Chronological resume format allows you to list your job experiences starting with the most recent and moving back in time. This allows employers to see your progression in the career field. If you are staying in your career field this format will allow employers to see if you are qualified for the job you are applying for. It may not be beneficial for people changing career fields.
It highlights the company you worked for the position you had and the location of employment. Under each entry you then can add details about your employment such as accomplishments and responsibilities. One common question I am asked is how to handle promotions. Each promotion should be entered as a NEW entry with an update on the job title and focus on additional accomplishments and responsibilities. The most important concept to remember if you are using a "professional" resume format is that the additional "details" should ideally be focused on the job your applying for! This means you should have multiple copies of your resume as you emphasize different accomplishments and responsibilities based on the job description of the job your applying for. The 2nd most used resume writing format is the "skills" format. In this resume writing format the layout is similar to the chronological but rather than focusing on job history the layout focuses on skills and accomplishments. This resume format is best used by individuals who are making a transition in employment where the jobs are quite different however the skill sets are still applicable. The overwhelming emphasis on the "skills" format is results. It is not enough to simply say "Sales" with no explanation of why thats a proven skill set.
You can do this in your cover letter. A chronological resume format works best when you have acquired some professional experience and not fresh out from college. Functional Resume Format If you are fresh out of school and have no substantial professional experience to talk of it is best to use a functional resume format. This type of resume format puts more focus on your qualifications and skills rather than your employment and professional history. So rather than listing positions held in reverse order you will be listing out key competencies that are required and relevant to the role. An example could be "People Management" or "Customer Relations". Then proceed to enumerate tasks or duties you performed whether at school part time jobs or at community projects that help to reinforce this skill.