Most often, after discussing the reasons why they may want a functional resume, we advise against one.
While a functional resume can be beneficial and effective in some situations, you must be very strategic and think carefully about the pros and cons before deciding on one for yourself.
The functional format raises serious red flags when a recruiter or potential employer comes across them as this format is often used to “hide” or “mask” something less-than-desirable in a job seeker’s background. So much so that many recruiters won’t even accept a functional resume and will simply toss it aside and move on to the next resume.
But, even if the recruiter or employer does read it, do you really want your resume studied with an eye out for the flaws in your background? This isn’t usually the way to make the best first impression.
A functional resume format focuses on the skills, qualifications, and achievements that a job seeker offers, but not in chronological context. This functional resume that was written for a career changer illustrates.
So with all of these negatives, you might ask why a functional format would ever be used. It’s simple. Some situations simply don’t lend themselves to a reverse chronological resume.
When might a functional resume be the best choice? As yourself these questions:
Has all your past work been of a very similar nature? Rather than being repetitive, if your entire career has been in a very similar type of role, a functional format might be a good choice. In the strictest sense of the term, a pure functional resume would not include dates on the work history. But, there are some cases where you would want to include them. This is one of them. Here is an example functional resume for an auto technician.
Some other situations in which you MIGHT consider a functional format include
if your work history presented in a chronological format would make you look overqualified,
if you have a very diverse work history without a clear career path.
As always, we advise that you consult with a professional resume writer. At Distinctive Career Services, we have worked with countless thousands of clients and have helped our clients deal with nearly every imaginable work history challenge.
We can help you not just decide whether a functional resume or chronological resume is best for you, we can help you write one that will give you an enormous edge in the job market. To get started with us, book a free consultation today.
Michelle Dumas is the founder and CEO of Distinctive Career Services, one of the internet's longest-standing and most respected professional resume writing firms. Michelle is a 6X certified and 7X award-winning resume writer and career consultant. To learn more about the services offered by Distinctive Career Services visit https://www.distinctiveweb.com