Chronological vs. Functional Resumes
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In modern resumes, information
about skills and experience can be listed using three distinct
combination of the two
speaking, hiring managers prefer that employment data is provided
with the most recent job listed first, followed by the next
most recent, and so on.
In that way, itís easy to see career progression from
an entry-level position to a more senior status. Itís also easy
to detect gaps in dates of employment.
These gaps lead some candidates to use a functional format
formats stress what skills you have, rather than where and when
you used them. These
formats are best for students who have just graduated from college
and have little ďreal-world?experience, those who have been
out of the workforce for long periods because they were raising
children, and job seekers who are transitioning from one career
or industry to another.
However, sometimes combining a functional format with
a reverse chronological format makes the most sense. These are
called combination resumes.
this format, skills that are relevant to the current job search
are placed in a special section by function, while the Professional
History or Work Experience is presented in a standard, reverse-chronological
format. This format offers the best of both worlds, and is highly
popular with modern job seekers and hiring managers.