Whether you are just starting your job search or are in the middle of a search, consider a “spring clean” of your resume by trying out functional resumes. A traditional resume calls for a chronological listing of your job history, but restructuring the resume allows you to put your best foot forward, increasing your chances of being noticed by hiring managers.
This restructuring of information is known as a functional resume, and if you haven’t done one before, there are many benefits like explaining an employment gap and beyond. It’s also ideal for career changes or finding a job in an industry that you have little experience in.
Put yourself in the best light
Regardless of why you’re writing a functional resume, it allows you to highlight your relevant skills and experience, which will make you a viable candidate for the job. It’ll take more time to write than a traditional resume, since you have to analyze which aspects are relevant, but the effort will be worth it when you get called in for an interview.
If you don’t know how to start with your functional resume, here are four tips.
- Don’t mention irrelevant details: Chances are, you have skills that don’t relate to the job you’re looking for. In this case, consider leaving them out, especially if there are no applications for them. An ability to handle cash probably won’t catch the attention of a hiring manager looking for a writer. Additionally, it takes up space that can otherwise be used to highlight your other experiences.
- Bring attention to relevant information: Regardless of how little experience you may have in the industry you’re looking to break into, there are most likely aspects of the position that you have experience in, though not directly. If it’s a managerial position and you have experience with organizing events, it’s a useful experience to mention.
- Consider an achievements section: If you’ve gained recognition for your work, having an achievements section allows you to bring attention to these accolades right away. You don’t want to risk having them lost in the other blocks of information.
- Figure out if this format works: Hiring managers don’t ask for a traditional or functional format, so you have to figure out what will work best for the job. If you feel that a chronological listing of your past experiences is the best way to show your qualifications, there’s no need for a functional resume. Creating one is at your discretion. If in doubt, work with your Mom Corps recruiter.