Is a functional style resume taken seriously?
Office Hours #1: Resume Writing with Judy Park [43:00]
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Some recruiters dislike functional résumés because they lack context or candidates seem to "hide" things like a sporadic work history or unrelated employment.
Consider a blended functional résumé which buckets your most relevant achievements by skill, then provides a brief work history at the bottom of the page.
Pick three “buckets” of skills you’re good at. For example: team leadership, building relationships and influence, and training and development. Then just reorganize the bullets or information you’ve already got written on your résumé to fit under each bucket. Customize those categories to the job posting. Your “buckets” better match the main skills being sought in the posting.
3-4 bullets in each category from any job could go a long way to showcase your skills in a relevant way as opposed to listing each job and hoping a recruiter will infer what qualifies you for a job based on seemingly unrelated experience.
Include a work history at the end that summarizes where you worked and when.
By using this format, you can put the best bullets first, even if they were two jobs ago.
What I really like about the functional resume is that since it focuses on particular skills, rather than dates, you can change it up: If one job is big on administrative skills, list that skill first. If another job wants marketing skills, list that skill first.
Always, regardless of what kind of resume you use, Always read the job announcement and tailor your resume to fit the job you are applying for! It gets results!