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Its also not the best choice for someone new to the workforce or someone coming back into the job market after a number of years such as a mother who stopped working to raise children and is now returning to work. In those cases and others detailed below a functional resume format may present a more positive picture. The Functional Resume Format What it is. This resume format is also known as a skills resume because it is a summary of your qualifications organized by education experience achievements and skills rather than by job. In fact there is very little emphasis on employer history. When it works best. Many employers and recruiters may prefer the chronological resume format because it is so easy to read at a glance. But it wont serve you well in some situations.
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. If would do little good for you to be the best chef in the world and write a resume for a job as an auto mechanic. Your skills simply would be irrelevant in such a case. Finally lets take a look at the third of the top resume formats.
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Before you can know which of the top resume formats will work best for you it is important that you understand the purpose of each of the formats. There are three primary resume formats. Chronological Resume This format places a great emphasis on your work history and education. This is the format most people think of when they hear the term resume. For decades this was THE resume format. However times have changed and now other formats have become acceptable for resumes. You should consider using the chronological format when you have a strong work history and academic achievements. 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.
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.