Resumes: Chronological, Functional, Accomplishment. Knowing Which Type of Resume is Best for Your Job Search.

October 26th, 2012

Perhaps the most important aspect of any job search is updating, editing, and revamping your resume; but have you highlighted your experience in the best way for you? Depending on your skill set and career path, you have several different approaches to organizing your resume: chronological, functional, or an accomplishment-based combination.  If you’re ready to give your resume a makeover, consider the following to determine which will work best for you:

  • Chronological. Do you have a long, steady work history, and are looking to stay in the same field? If so, then a chronological resume may suit you best. List your most recent work experience first and work in reverse chronological order listing job titles, employers, years of employment, challenges and solutions. Ideally, your history should show an increasing range of work and achievements.
  • Functional. Are you looking for a career change, or do you have gaps in your resume? If either of these situations applies to you, consider using a functional resume. This type of resume highlights skills instead of dates, and allows you to focus on those skills that relate to the job you want. Start by identifying your key functional areas, including skills gained in non-work settings, such as hobbies or volunteer work. For each job you apply to, list your skill areas that are the most relevant first.
  • Accomplishment.  This type of resume is a combination of chronological and functional with a little kick. Instead of merely listing your responsibilities, detail how your skills led to accomplishments in those responsibilities. Focus on results; these kinds of achievements are impressive and tell hiring managers significantly more about who you are and what you can do for an employer. Be honest and personal, but keep it brief and to the point, listing only your most impressive achievements.

Make sure whichever resume type you choose is the right fit for you and is specifically targeted to the position for which you are applying. Bear in mind that all resume formats have the same goal: to inform. If you would like additional help creating a specialized resume that will work for your needs, contact the experts at 1st Staffing today!

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