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Why a Chronological Resume is Better than a Functional Resume

By Edited Nov 25, 2015 1 0

Writing a functional resume

Creating a résumé for a job search is a daunting task for some job seekers. You are relaying to employer information about your job history and why you are a great fit for the current position.

With our current economy stressed to the breaking point for job seekers, many are creating functional resumes to move from one industry to another. This is touted as the vehicle to move over to another industry. Fashioning a functional resume versus a traditional resume may not be the great break that you need to get the open position that you seek.

What is a functional resume?

A functional resume relates you work experience not in chronological order. Instead, a job seeker will create a résumé that relates their accomplishments as a variety of skills they have. For an example, they will relate skills under HR Management or Leadership in IT. The general idea of the functional resume is the ability to communicate skills that are transferable from one position to another. When creating a functional resume you are leaving out that your entire career up to the current date may have been in an entirely different field than the current application.

Why don’t they work?

Functional resumes don’t work because recruiters are searching for information specific types of information. Most HR recruiters that review resumes have done so for some time and have enough experience in the field to know that you may potentially be hiding something behind forming your functional resume. The functional resume may not build the credibility or design that you want to get into a field of work or study that you have never worked in before.

Making a career change

Initiating a career change isn’t an easy task. The key reason may not possibly be a clever resume for a lot of workers. A successful career change does need a successful proactive strategy. Aggressive networking as well as a campaign of personal contact will also help make a success of a career change.

When you create your résumé, admitting you may not be experienced in the current field is the way to go. If the prospective employer finds out you are attempting to hide information from them, such as no current experience in the field, it may cost you the position you have applied for. It is best to admit you lack of experience and then fill in the blanks about why you can make a transition from one field to another.

Start your résumé with something along these lines;

Experienced IT professional looking to transition to career marketing-offering 10 years of practice in HR hiring as well as exceptional writing and marketing skills.

Submit a chronological resume instead of a functional resume following this statement. An honest and straightforward approach is truthful and will make your interview easier than trying to avoid talking about your lack of experience in the current field and lacking skills in the area that you are selling your skills for.

Lots of times the more you try to cover up no knowledge in the field the more obvious it will become. Tricks will draw more attention to the details.

The truth will more than likely move you closer to getting the open position than trying to sell yourself with covering up the facts. 

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