Biodata Format / December 14, 2018 / Clarissa Mendoza
If you have large gaps in employment you may want to just list your past employers but leave out the dates. You can deal with any questions during the interview. When it doesnt work well. If you know that in your career track the chronological resume format is strongly preferred you may have to go with the flow. Or you may decide to take a combination approach as described below. The Combination Resume Format What it is. A combination resume format takes the best features of both the chronological and the functional resume formats. You get a chance to present a strong summary of your skills and accomplishments up front (functional) while also providing a detailed employment history (chronological) that supports the statements made in the first section. When it works best.
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 Don t however mistake the Biodata format as being irrelevant or outdated because as stated previously in some countries especially those found in Asia the purpose of the biodata is the same as that to a resume.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.