You had a break for a couple of years from your career and now you are looking for ways to get back on track? Writing your resume is usually easy, but somehow it just isn’t looking the way you expect it to. This gap between jobs stands out and you are afraid that your potential employer would see it as a flaw?
Have you tried looking at a Functional Resume form? When it comes to emphasizing your skills, rather than working experience, this is certainly the way to go. It will ’hide’ the gaps in your employment history in a smart way by filling them with what you actually excel at.
What are the advantages of a functional resume?
A functional resume tends to be different from a traditional one which displays your vertical professional achievements. It puts light on an applicant’s diverse skills and strong sides since there is a gap in a career or a person is simply new to ’the market’.
Even though it is less known by employers than a chronological resume, if it is structured well, it can work to your advantage.
How to write a functional resume?
Skills you possess are what you are relying on when applying for a job. They may be diverse, but it is not advisable to just write them down without any order. Instead, group them by relevance.
By grouping skills together in certain groups, the employer can easily see what you can actually do. For example, you are applying for a job in the marketing sector, and you know what is expected of you if you get hired. Use that, and list strong sides and abilities that are closely related to marketing in the skills section of the functional resume. That can be all from good research skills to knowledge of multiple languages.
Resume summary is also an advantage if you construct it well. This is the way a reader of your resume sees you at first glance. Make it short and clear, include skills and any previous experience you might have. A few sentences will suffice since time tends to be an issue and a story takes a lot of time to read.
Keywords are a must! The ATS system works by recognizing the skills mentioned in your resume and it decides whether you will have any chance of getting that interview. Since you know how it operates, just go around it using your knowledge.
What to do with the work experience section?
In a functional resume, the focus is not on professional working history but that does not mean it is supposed to be ignored. If you used to work somewhere, mention it, but place it at the bottom of your resume, so that employer sees your abilities first. However, if you are a recent graduate, in this section you may mention any volunteer work you have done during college which relates to the position you are applying for.
What else can be helpful?
To make you a stronger candidate for the job, write an excellent cover letter. There you will describe your skills and abilities in detail since your resume should not be longer than 2 pages. Mention motivation and enthusiasm and why you want to be a part of their team, how can you contribute and what they can expect. A cover letter will always connect you with a potential employer, so make it strong and personal.
Detail-oriented, hands-on profesional, adjustable as well as trusted individual… Sounds like a good beginning of your resume, doesn’t it? Fell free to use this advice if you feel like a functional resume is a way to go. Otherwise, you can always use a chronological resume or a combination of these two, based on what you are looking for regarding a professional working experience.