Biodata Format / December 14, 2018 / Heidi Wallace
Not all of us have that strong work history displaying a clear career path. For many reasons including the unavailability of the right job many of us have taken a job outside of what would be considered a normal career path. If this applies to you then you may be more interested in the next format. Functional Resume The functional resume places a heavy emphasis on skills and abilities. If you have a very strong skill-set however you lack a solid work history you may want to consider the functional format. By drawing the employers attention to your strong set of relevant skills your lack of a solid work history becomes of secondary importance. Did you notice I said relevant skills? By relevant I mean of course those skills that directly apply to the job position the employer is trying to fill.
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 Don t however mistake the Biodata format as being irrelevant or outdated because as stated previously in some countries especially those found in Asia the purpose of the biodata is the same as that to a resume.
It is generally made up of one to two pages and often comes in two distinct resume formats: Chronological and Functional. So which one is best suited for you? To decide which resume format is best for your current requirement let us briefly discuss the structure and merits of the two. Chronological Resume Format Chronological is described as something that is arranged according to the order of time. A chronological resume format therefore is where your professional experiences and educational attainment are arranged in the order they were obtained. In a resume this is usually done by starting out with the latest or most current experience followed by the one before that. This is why it is also often called as a reverse chronological resume.