Resume Comparison Chart

FormatChronologialFunctionalCombination
Characteristic
  • Presents info in reverse order, most recent experience first.
  • Offers concise picture of you as a potential employee
  • Focuses on specific Strengths and skills important to employers
  • All the flexibility and strength of the functional and chronologicl combined
Advantage
  • Easy to write
  • Emphasizes steady employment record
  • Format is familiar
  • Brief and well-structured
  • Focus on skills not history
  • De-emphasizes a spotty work history
  • Shows off a strong employment record with upwad mobility
  • Showcases relevant skills and abilities and supportive employment record
Disadvantage
  • Calls attention to employment gaps
  • Skills are difficult to spot unless they are listed in the most recent job
  • No detailed work history
  • Content may appear to lack depth
  • Work history is often on the second page and employer may not read that far
Use
  • To emphasize past career growth and development
  • When continuing in the same career
  • When the name of former employer may be significant to prospective employer
  • When entering the job market or when re-entering after a long absence
  • When work experience has been varied to unrelated
  • When changing careers
  • When primarily consulting or doing freelance work
  • When shorter functional format would be too sketchy
  • To offer a complete picture of abilities and work history
Don't Use if
  • There are gaps in your work history
  • Calling attention to your age could be a problem
  • You have changed jobs often
  • Entering job market for first time or after a long absence
  • Want to emphasize growth or development
  • Responsibilities and functions in recent jobs were limited
  • Experience is limited
  • There are wide gaps in work history


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