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  • 1. http://careersavvy.com.au/Chronological, Functional or Perhaps TargetedResumes ? What is Going to Suit You?Chronological, Functional, a mixture of the 2, Targetedresumes, exactly where do you even begin?Resume writing these days is certainly not as simple as itused to be (and explains the reason why presently thereare so numerous resume writing services available).There’s a lot of debate these days about which kind ofresume format to use when creating a resume. It pays offto do your own research and choose the most effectivestructure for your background and experience, in order toenhance your likelihood in acquiring a career. Thereforelets look at the different kinds:Chronological resume:This format is typically utilized more than other resumetemplates. It lists in reverse chronological order, your workbackground, commencing with the most recent job first. Itallows the reader to very easily see the advancement ofyour career, commencing with the most appropriateexperience, i.e. your previous job. A recruiter will probablygenerally come to a decision to reject or accept yourresume primarily based on your last job, and a
  • 2. http://careersavvy.com.au/chronological format allows them to locate this importantinformation and make a decision quickly. It also makes iteasy to spot any employment gaps or causes for concern,such as short tenure at a company.Functional Resumes:Functional resumes are usually written a little differently tochronological resumes. Typically they begin off withPersonal Information, a Career Objective or PersonalSummary, then list experience, skills and successes underCompetency based categories, such as leadership, orcustomer service. Then there is typically an Employmenthistory with Company Name, job title and dates worked.That’s it.From a job applicants perspective it can be useful to utilizethis style of resume if you have done a good deal ofcontract work, have changed career paths, or have a workhistory that has a lot of gaps. A Functional Resumeemphasizes the experience and skills you haveaccumulated, rather than where you got them.The problem from the readers point of view, is that most ofthe time they need to know where you got the experience.There is a massive difference between gaining customerservice experience in a small business, compared with a
  • 3. http://careersavvy.com.au/large multinational organization, and a functional resumedoesn’t easily display this.Its also more time consuming and more difficult for arecruiter/hiring manager to get a good idea of which jobyour skills and experience were gained at, and to get agood feel for your career path. Ideally, your work historywill show natural progression, either through promotion, orincreased responsibilities and improved capabilities.Without a doubt, a chronological resume displays thismuch more effectively.Think about your target audience? Usually a recruiter.They have to read a lot of bad resumes. It?s often themost tedious and boring part of their day. Applying with awell-written, logically formatted resume makes their lifeeasier and improves your chances of success.So which one should you use?A good resume writer will be able to select the best styledepending on your background and experience. Its oftenbest to combine the two resume styles. You can do this bylisting a summary of your key skills and strengths on thefirst page, followed by a detailed work history withresponsibilities and achievements gained at each position.Make sure your experience is still on the first page of yourresume! Don’t underestimate how important this is. Usingthis format gives the reader a good summary of your skills
  • 4. http://careersavvy.com.au/and allows them to research further by delving into yourwork history.My final piece of advice when resume writing. Regardlessof whether you choose a functional or chronologicalresume style, ALWAYS target your resume to the specificjobs you are applying for.