Cover Letter / December 24, 2018 / Annabelle Maddox.
The functional resume format is an effective way to reduce the number of pages that an employer will have to read and will make your application more impactful. The disadvantage to this resume format is that recruiters dont like it. They get suspicious about your job history if no dates are included and may toss it in the garbage if it raises too many questions. Although at one time I used a functional resume because in my chronological resume I had gaps in my work history that I suspected were keeping the phone from ringing with interview requests. I changed the format from chronological to functional and the phone started to ring! So for the best of both worlds you might want to try the combination resume if youve got gaps in your work history or have been out of the workforce for a while.
Not all of us have that strong work history displaying a clear career path. For many reasons including the unavailability of the right job many of us have taken a job outside of what would be considered a normal career path. If this applies to you then you may be more interested in the next format. Functional Resume The functional resume places a heavy emphasis on skills and abilities. If you have a very strong skill-set however you lack a solid work history you may want to consider the functional format. By drawing the employers attention to your strong set of relevant skills your lack of a solid work history becomes of secondary importance. Did you notice I said relevant skills? By relevant I mean of course those skills that directly apply to the job position the employer is trying to fill.
Each entry MUST be followed up with verifiable evidence that you indeed have practical knowledge and application of the stated skill. So ... how do you know which resume format to use? This ultimately depends on the job you are applying for previous work history and skills. A simple rule of thumb is if the job you are applying for is similar to other jobs you have had in the past you can use the "professional" format. If the job your applying for is not similar to other jobs you have had in the past you may want to use the "skills" format. Regardless of which you ultimately end up using writing a draft of your resume in each helps you focus on results and skills that future employers are looking for. Previously I never really thought much about resume formats but one day I realized having periods of unemployment on my resume may be costing me interview opportunities. To take the focus off of these gaps in my employment history I wanted to design my resume so the focus is on the skills I have and how I have applied them successfully in my career. I found out there was a functional resume format which does just what I was looking for. I am certainly not the only one out there who is frustrated with standard formats for resumes and feels as though these do not work well for them. Many of these people get discouraged when they review their own resumes and wind up not applying for jobs they really want just because they feel their resume is not strong enough. I was one of these people and routinely avoided applying for certain jobs because I was not happy with my resume but then I learned different formats could really improve my resume.
You write your resume in HTML format upload it into your own website and give the URL address to employers so they can visit your web page and read it. This takes care of the problem of email viruses. Make sure this is acceptable to the employer. FILL-IN-THE-BLANK RESUME This type of resume is used by online employment sites and employers websites. You just fill in the blanks and the information is sent electronically into a database. Theres not much room for creativity as with your standard mailed-in resumes. The way to get your resume noticed is to use keywords. Keywords are nouns that describe your skills and achievements. "Product development" "project coordinator" "Excel" "Powerpoint" are all keywords. They describe what your skills are and what duties you performed on your previous or current job.
As you can see each of the top resume formats explained serves a different purpose from the other two formats. Be sure to take the time to consider your own unique work history skills and other qualifications. Only when you truly understand yourself from this perspective can you make the best choice as to which of these formats will best serve you. If youre planning to write your resume there are specific resume formats to be followed that you need to know. Always keep in mind that the hiring manager who is going to review your resume has already been through lots of resumes. So it is very essential to take care of your writing style as to impress the employer at the initial stage itself just by looking at your resume.