Resume Best Practices
- The chronological resume seems to be the most popular format used.
- Usually it will contain an objective and/or career summary statement and a chronological listing (from most recent to past) of all your employers along with related accomplishments.
- This type of resume is good for someone who is experienced within a specific field and wishes to stay in that field.
- Use with caution if you are changing careers or have changed jobs frequently
Some of the advantages of a chronological Resume include:
- This format is widely used and will be recognizable to most employers
- Chronological Resumes clearly show promotions and positions held.
- Career growth could look favorable to a potential employer.
- Resumes formatted in a chronological manner are logical and easy to read
Some of the disadvantages of a chronological Resume include:
- Any gaps in employments will stand out
- Frequent job changes will easily be noticed and could deter an employer from considering you for and interview
- If you have limited work experience and transferable skills, both are emphasized in this format.
Functional resumes rely on strategically grouping key skills into different categories to demonstrate a candidate's qualifications and expertise for a particular job. This skills-based focus allows you to emphasize your strengths and soft-pedal a flawed or absent employment record.
A functional Resume may be right for you if:
- You've held a number of different or unrelated jobs during a relatively short period of time and are worried about being labeled as a job-hopper, the functional resume (also known as a "skills-based format") could be the answer for you.
- This resume format can also work well for those entering the workforce for the first time or after a long absence (such as recent grads with no prior formal work experience, stay-at-home moms or dads now seeking outside employment, or caregivers who have spent a year or more treating an ill or aging family member.
- If it could also be a good choice if your prior work experience is more relevant to your current job target than what you're doing presently.
Some of the advantages of a functional Resume include:
- Emphasizes skills rather than positions
- Masks gaps in employment by placing work history towards the bottom of the resume
- Logically organize varying experiences
Some of the disadvantages of a functional Resume include:
- Lacks information for employers
- Doesn’t emphasize growth
- Often lacks dates showing length of jobs