Cover Letter / December 20, 2018 / Malinda Cobb
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.
If you are contemplating on adding some images on your resume dont. It is completely unnecessary and will distract the employer from your most important assets. You can present your creativity in other ways. The best resume formats are those that are simple but professional. Allow for margins on your pages. A good resume format uses a margin of about an inch on all sides and the top and bottom of the content. Use left-justification. Do not make all your resume content centered. It doesnt look very professional. Keep the font size and style uniform. It is best to use one font style while varying the font size among headlines and other content. Presentable resume formats normally have headlines that are set at a maximum font size of 14 points while the font size of other contents are generally set at a 12-point maximum.
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.