Aug 17, 2018 - 06:18 PM
If you have significant gaps in your employment history, or if you have switched jobs often, try a functional resume format instead. Functional resumes put more weight on your strengths and skills that make you a good fit for a job. It prominently displays transferable skills as well as any significant achievements you've made in the industry. This is an excellent choice for people who recently graduated. However, if you are applying to work at a very traditional company, it might be best to stick to a chronological format as some companies view these resumes as omitting important information.
Sep 04, 2018 - 07:22 PM
The best resume format is reverse chronological, which means you start the resume with the most recent position and work your way back to earlier roles. The reason why the reverse chronological is a good choice is that the reader can see the most recent work you have completed, as well as the associated accomplishments. Presumably, this work will be the most relevant to the position for which you are applying. Naturally, the achievements and strong outcomes should be well documented throughout your entire history. Referencing the most recent position first allows the reader to see what you have been doing most recently that is related to the role you are pursuing.
The functional resume style is not common and can cause some confusion, primarily because there is no way to connect the content to roles in which the work was performed. The functional style groups work experience by type and not the order in which the work was performed. It focuses on your skills and strengths, and not on your work experiences. If you are reentering the workforce after having been out for a while, or you have some disparate work experiences, the functional format might work for you. Similarly, if you are a recent graduate, that same methodology of grouping projects or work together, and focusing on skills and strengths, might also be effective.