There’s no more important tool in your job search than your resume. Closing the sale on a job offer ultimately requires the strength of your personal presence in the interview. But you won’t ever get the chance to present yourself in person if you don’t properly present yourself in the resume. Similarly, your resume may be filled with excellent details about your employment history, ones that mark you as an ideal candidate for an interview. But if your resume is not presented in a format that’s interesting and appropriate, those details won’t ever get read. Given these realities, the resume format is of paramount importance. Let’s look at your different options in making the initial presentation…
The Chronological Resume: This format takes your employment history by listing your most recent or current employer first and moving backward from there. This format tends to be preferred by employers because it provides easy answers to the two basic questions they went to know—What have you done and when did you do it? For candidates, the downside can be that listing your employment history in sequence may obscure common themes that would make your qualifications stand out better.
The Functional Resume: A functional approach is the attempt by a job seeker to highlight the unique skills that mark them as a good candidate for the position. It can be a risky approach, given the employer’s desire for a chronological resume, but for those who have been self-employed or have a gap in their job history, it may be worth the risk. The chronological history calls attention to such a candidate’s weakness, while a functional resume plays to a strength.
The Combination Resume: As the name implies, this one combines the chronological and functional approaches. It’s an ideal approach for a candidate who has no gaps in the resume, yet has followed a career trajectory that may make spelling out specific qualifications necessary. An example of this would be those who have had career changes, or for whom economic necessity may have pushed into a job off their natural career path.
The Accomplishment Resume: Similar to the functional resume in its approach, this resume format stresses specific accomplishments rather than job functions. Those who would benefit from this resume are the same as those who might use the functional—those who have been self-employed or had an employment gap. It’s simply a question of which works right for each unique individual.
Understanding what works right for each individual is at the heart of what Daley & Associates does. We take the time to understand each candidate’s history and aspirations and we know how to present that to our clients. We understand the role tools such as The Networking Resume—a concise one-page summary of your overall resume can play and when the appropriate time to present them is. We make the right connections for both job seekers and employers because we know how to introduce them to each other. Your resume is the core of the introduction. Contact us and let us help get you to the job that best utilizes your talent and rewards you properly.