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Functional vs. Chronological Resume

Functional vs. Chronological Resume

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The following article was written by Travis Scott, Staffing Consultant, Microsoft OS Services (@SeaWaRecruiter)

Dear JobsBlog: I have 10+ years of experience. I don’t want to be disqualified for being overqualified. Should I create a chronological or functional resume?

This is always a tricky question.  You’ve had an impressive career, worked your way up through the ranks – and want to highlight this on your resume.  However, when a hiring manager looks at your resume, it’s all about “What have you done lately?”

Experienced professionals often opt for a functional resume – one that highlights types of experience first and provides a list of their employment history toward the bottom without any supporting information. This is a great way to bring to light what you have accomplished. Recruiters and hiring managers want to connect the dots to figure out what you’re doing now and the relevance of your experience. Plus, we want to see how you’ve advanced along the way.

Here are some tips to bring the ‘cream’ to the top and provide enough information to help you get your foot in the door. Click here to continue reading full article

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