Biodata Format / December 12, 2018 / Malinda Cobb.
The Functional Resume Format The functional resume format is not as common and most often recommended for people who have gaps in their work history or for those who have been out of the workforce for a while. What is most prominent about this resume format is the candidates skills attributes and accomplishments. A career objective should also be included as well as any educational qualifications. The actual jobs however do not include the dates. The career history section will typically be limited to a list of company names location of each company and job titles. One advantage to using this format is that it usually shortens the length of a resume. If youve got a 25 year job history and several jobs where youve performed a lot of the same duties you can imagine how lengthy (not to mention repetitive) your resume might get.
When trying to apply for a job there is nothing more frustrating and stressful then not understanding what is required of you. It can be very difficult to wrap your brain around the different terminologies that every employer uses. When trying to wade through all the different meanings you can end up more confused and lost than what you did in the first place. As you are aware different companies and employers have different requirements but something you may not be aware of is that different countries have different application requirements as well. So if applying overseas it is a good idea to research and investigate the countries requirements.
For example in Asian countries Biodata is prominently used in the hiring process. The biodata format (shorter term for biographical data) is usually a one page document containing the basic information about a job applicant. The provided information in this document is the individual s personal data education employment history and character references with lesser details compared to the resume or CV. Biodata is commonly used in the business world though most companies and organizations prefer the resume or CV. This is because these documents better capture the knowledge skills and abilities of a prospective applicant over the biodata which provides limited information about an applicant. Don t however mistake the Biodata format as being irrelevant or outdated because as stated previously in some countries especially those found in Asia the purpose of the biodata is the same as that to a resume.
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.
Usually Biodata is collected in a fill in form. The information that is collected from a Biodata form is the first impression a recruiter or company sees of a potential employee and the first chance the potential employee has to land the ever important interview. The Biodata form is a collection of questions that retrieves information about that person s life and work experiences. The form allows a person to express their opinions beliefs and values. This gives recruiters and potential employers and idea of what type of personality one has based on prior behaviour. Biodata also gives an idea of what employees want to achieve in the future. What future job aspirations they have and where they see themselves.