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Chronological Resume vs. Functional Resume

One of the first things that hiring managers notice about your resume is its layout and organization of content.  It’s important that your resume highlights your skills, experiences and accomplishments.

Chronological Resume

Chronological resumes are the most traditional and by far, the most popular type of resume format.  This type of resume is highlights your job titles, employers and other key accomplishments.  A chronological resume is the best way to show how your career has progressed over the years.

The chronological format works best if at least one of the following applies to you:

  • You would like to remain in the same field or industry.
  • Your career history shows that you are progressing or are ready to progress to the next level.
  • You have had a relatively stable career, with little to no gaps in employment.

Functional Resume

A functional resume emphasizes your achievements and skills, but in a way that does not concentrate so much on your job title, employer and/or how long you have worked for a company.  We recommend using a functional resume as one of your last resorts.  It’s been said that employers typically frown upon functional resumes because it appears as if the candidate has something to hide (ie employment gap in the resume).  Stay away from this format if you can.

The following list will help you determine if a functional resume is right for you:

  • You plan on making a career change where your current experience may not be seen as transferable.  In other words, you have jobs that are not related to the current position.
  • You typically “job-hop” or have a gap in your resume.
  • You plan on reentering the workforce after being away for a long time.
  • Your current position is not impressive, relevant or just a job you need to have to get by.

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