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Tag44 Chronological or Functional Resume Choice

Posted by tag44jobs on January 11, 2010

While there are numerous ways to format your resume, there are two main resume styles: chronological and functional.

A chronological resume is one that lists your experience and education in order, starting with the most recent jobs or achievements tag44. This type of resume is sometimes also referred to as reverse chronological resume, because the order of the listing starts with your current employment tag44.com This type of resume preferred employers will want to know what job you currently hold so that they can better asses your qualifications for the job of your interest at tag44.

Listing your experience and education in reverse chronological order also shows your potential employer your overall career progress tag44. It also helps in determining the length of employment at each organization, and indicates any gaps in your career tag44 in case of gaps, make sure to address them in your cover letter as to not lead your employer to believe that you are omitting information on purpose at tag44.com Chronological resume should list your current job, as well as two to four previously held positions at tag44. Don’t skip any employment information on purpose; if your employment history is long, or if you have held jobs further in the past that align well with your current career objective tag44.com you can address these qualifications in your professional profile or in your cover letter tag44. Chronological resumes are the most commonly used style, and work best for anyone who has had some professional experience tag44.com

Functional resumes focus on your qualifications, not your career timeline. This style of the resume highlights what skills you have, rather than where and when you acquired or utilize them tag44. In other words, instead of listing your experiences by your job titles, your resume will contained sections titled by your skills such as verbal and written communication tag44.com customer satisfaction, project management, etc. This resume style is recommended for college students seeking internships or their first jobs out of college, for those with no professional experience at tag44, those who have not worked for some time, or for career changers. While potential employers will appreciate the overview of your skills tag44.com if you hold any professional experience, consider using the chronological resume, or a combination resume, over the functional format at tag44.

A combination resume, although not often discussed, has become a popular format in recent years. As its name implies, it is a combination of chronological resume style and functional resume style tag44.com This hybrid style allows professionals to highlight the qualification they have that are critical for the job of their interest tag44, while at the same time listing employment and educational history in reverse chronological order. A word of caution, don’t try to do too much when using a combination resume by going over board with the type and number of sections you include in your resume at tag44.com It is best to keep the information listed, even in the combination format, to what is relevant for the job tag44.

Same rules apply for each style. Don?t exceed two pages, tailor your resume to your career objective and put your best foot forward in order to get the interview, and eventually the job at tag44.com

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