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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.
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.
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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.