Cover Letter / December 24, 2018 / Magdalena Schultz.
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.
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.
You can do this in your cover letter. A chronological resume format works best when you have acquired some professional experience and not fresh out from college. Functional Resume Format If you are fresh out of school and have no substantial professional experience to talk of it is best to use a functional resume format. This type of resume format puts more focus on your qualifications and skills rather than your employment and professional history. So rather than listing positions held in reverse order you will be listing out key competencies that are required and relevant to the role. An example could be "People Management" or "Customer Relations". Then proceed to enumerate tasks or duties you performed whether at school part time jobs or at community projects that help to reinforce this skill.
Each entry MUST be followed up with verifiable evidence that you indeed have practical knowledge and application of the stated skill. So ... how do you know which resume format to use? This ultimately depends on the job you are applying for previous work history and skills. A simple rule of thumb is if the job you are applying for is similar to other jobs you have had in the past you can use the "professional" format. If the job your applying for is not similar to other jobs you have had in the past you may want to use the "skills" format. Regardless of which you ultimately end up using writing a draft of your resume in each helps you focus on results and skills that future employers are looking for. Previously I never really thought much about resume formats but one day I realized having periods of unemployment on my resume may be costing me interview opportunities. To take the focus off of these gaps in my employment history I wanted to design my resume so the focus is on the skills I have and how I have applied them successfully in my career. I found out there was a functional resume format which does just what I was looking for. I am certainly not the only one out there who is frustrated with standard formats for resumes and feels as though these do not work well for them. Many of these people get discouraged when they review their own resumes and wind up not applying for jobs they really want just because they feel their resume is not strong enough. I was one of these people and routinely avoided applying for certain jobs because I was not happy with my resume but then I learned different formats could really improve my resume.
Keep reading to learn more. The Chronological Resume Format What it is. This type of resume format is the traditional and still most common format. Its also the easiest to write. You organize it in reverse order by employer with your most recent job listed first. When it works best. This kind of resume format highlights your career progression and growth. Employers like it because its usually easy to read and can be scanned quickly for your employment history. Here are the situations where it works best: When youve worked steadily and consistently with no major gaps in employment. When your job history shows that youve moved up in responsibility steadily. When youve held standard well-recognized jobs for well-known companies. When your most significant achievements have occurred recently.