I’m starting to see the resurgence of functional resumes – and this is a critical concern of mine, since they rarely, if EVER, work for job hunters.
Backtracking for a moment, the functional resume slaps all your skills and achievements onto the front page, with little mention of which employer is related to each accomplishment.
Then, in the ensuing sections, the work history is listed like this:
Operations Manager, Company A, Denver, CO, 2005-Present
Operations Supervisor, Company B, Chicago, IL, 2000-2005
Process Improvement Analyst, Company C, Littleton, CO, 1992-2000
…and so on, with NO detail under each job.
As I’ve mentioned here before, hiring managers have rightfully developed a strong distaste for these documents. After all, they seem to be “hiding” something with the lack of descriptions for each job, plus the detail all lumped together.
If you’re trying to minimize job hopping or unrelated work experience, STOP. Take the time to analyze how you can connect your career path to the job you seek.
After all, every role you’ve held (yes, even the not-so-great ones) has prepared you for your current set of qualifications. Surely you can find a way to describe your job chronology in a way that makes sense.
Plus, you’ll need to prepare this information for the interview anyway.
Create your resume in the classic, reverse chronological format, and pull out some selected achievements to display in the top of your document–that is, if you want RESULTS.
If you’re stuck on how to fill in a career gap, search this blog or google for my articles on that subject. It’s a lot easier than you think!