Cover Letter / December 24, 2018 / Gina Pennington
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.
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.
After you are completely satisfied with the resume format you are using ask for constructive criticism from your friends or family. Their view may differ from yours and you will definitely be able to gain a lot of useful insight. This is especially true if they have some experience regarding resume writing. Knowing when the chronological versus the functional resume format works best is crucial to creating a powerful resume. There are 3 main types of formats for resumes: Chronological or more accurately Reverse Chronological Functional A combination or hybrid of the two Of course there are many other variations of the 3 named above as well. Youre really free to use whichever resume format you prefer but there are certain situations where one format works better than another in selling you and your abilities.