• Teresa Bennett

Chronological and Functional Resumes - Which is Best for You?

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

There are two main types of resumes: 

Reverse-Chronological and Functional

Most people use Reverse-chronological, though more commonly referred to as Chronological.

Here's why...

It shows employers your most recent work experience from your current job to your oldest job.

This format is highly effective for job candidates that are seeking a similar job to what they have (or recently had) because prospective employers want to see what you have done recently. 

The chronological format works perfectly for this.

But some people are changing careers - or took a long break between jobs - so showing their most recent work experience is not in their best interest because that experience might be

unrelated to the job they are seeking or they don't want to spotlight a large employment gap.

This is where the Functional Resume format comes in handy.

It's nothing new, just not widely used.

But for the right candidate, it's a match made in heaven.

Functional resumes are perfect for people who are targeting a particular position and need a resume that highlights their specific skills and abilities that directly relate to the job description.

If you're just entering the job market, a functional resume will allow you to focus on your skills rather than past work history. When organizing your functional resume, you want to make sure you keep the following categories in this order:

  • Objective Statement or Summary Statement

  • Accomplishments

  • Experience

  • Education

You want to highlight your objectives and your accomplishments, not your prior experience so you should not lead with that.

Be sure to use this order if you are planning to use the Functional format!

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