Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Reposition Yourself

If you've been sending out resumes and you feel like they're disappearing into the void, maybe you should consider a new resume format. Warren Simons, who writes frequently about resumes and how to make them effective, explains how the infrequently used "Functional" format can help you highlight your skills as opposed to your work history, which can be an effective way to get around a gap in your career or the challenges of changing careers.

The Functional Format is a future-oriented document. It emphasizes the skills and potential that you can bring to an opening, not just what you've achieved in the past. By breaking down your work history and accomplishments into two to four unique skill sets - such as Sales, Project Management, and Business Development - you can target an opening by showcasing strengths that the rigid "Work History" section of a chronological resume might hide.

If you're changing careers or have a gap in employment, the Functional Resume is likely a better option than the standard chronological resume. Although some HR departments may view the uncommon format as an aberration, Functional formats can be extremely successful. If you've been applying for multiple positions and have had little success or no response, it might be worth analyzing your resume to determine if you're using a format that paints you in the best light.

His article on JobsintheMoney includes samples of each format and a good explanation of how to use both.

Fundamentals of the Functional Resume [JITM]

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