Cover Letter / December 21, 2018 / Melinda Lucas
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.
Most employers prefer this type of resume format as they can easily assess your qualifications by reviewing your recent and past employment history and educational background. Putting your most recent employment first can help them gauge your suitability to the role. It is a known fact that most employers would prefer someone who had recent experience with a role than someone who had experience with it five years ago. When using a chronological resume format you should list your most recently held position followed by two to four other positions arranged in reverse order. Also include the months and years you were employed. You dont necessarily have to provide the exact date. Be sure to be able to explain gaps in your employment if there are any as this will be most noticeable in this type of resume format.
I was delighted to learn about the many resume formats available but first I had to spend some time contemplating which format was best for me. I did not simply pick the format I thought was the prettiest but instead focused on which format would be the most appealing to potential employers. I had to do a great deal of investigating to make this decision. The first step was determining the number of formats available. Then I took a close look at each format and the benefits it offered. I also spent time searching for information on why each format is most useful. In conclusion I decided to test out a few resume formats before making my final decision. I did not take this process lightly and designed entire resumes with a few different formats. After designing these resumes I critiqued them objectively as though I was the potential employer and considered whether or not I would hire someone with this type of resume. The process of selecting a format was certainly not an easy one but in the end I was satisfied with my decision. I knew the format I had chosen would help me to stand out. One of the first things to consider before you decide which resume format you will use is the industry you are hoping to work in. Although no particular format is considered to be right or wrong certain industries have a preference for certain resume formats and care should be taken to cater to these preferences. In this article we will take a look at the chronological format and also the functional format.