Most of my career clients work with me to revise their resumes. Not all resumes are the same. If you’ve experienced gaps in your employment, then it might be better for you to develop a different type of resume. A functional resume may be more engaging to recruiters and hiring managers. Instead of using the traditional chronological resume.
A functional resume highlights your skills and experiences rather than your chronological work history.
Some benefits of using a functional resume include:
- It allows you to emphasize your skills and accomplishments rather than your work history. This can be especially useful if you have gaps in your employment or if you are changing careers.
- It can help showcase your transferrable skills and highlight how you can apply skills to different roles and industries.
- It can be a good choice if you have a diverse range of experiences or have held many different roles over the course of your career, as it allows you to group your experiences and skills into relevant categories rather than listing them chronologically.
- It can help to de-emphasize any negative aspects of your employment history, such as short stints at multiple companies or a lack of progression in your career.
However, it’s important to note that functional resumes are not as common as chronological resumes, and some employers may prefer the traditional format. It’s a good idea to consider the preferences of the specific employer or industry you are applying to before deciding which type of resume to use.
If a functional resume can benefit your job search strategy, download this template that landed my client a $90k dream job after he was unemployed for 6 months.