Two Ways To Prepare A Professional Resume – Functional vs Sequential
There’s two ways to prepare a professional resume and each one will serve its own purpose. How you should prepare your professional resume will ultimately depend on your goal.
There’s two ways you can prepare a professional resume. Sequential vs. Functional
Let’s look what each of these mean first
This is by far the most common way the majority of job seekers prepare a resume. It’s a standard format that clearly articulates your overall career objective or summary, a broad overview of your skills, and a sequential timeframe of your career history up until now.
In a nutshell, it’s a summary of the positions you’ve been in, who you worked for, what you did when you were there and what you achieved.
Have a look at the example below.
A functional resume serves a specific purpose which is to inform the reader of an overview of your achievements, the skill’s you have acquired and what you have on offer to perspective employer. A functional resume should demonstrate all your core skills, which a list of achievements to demonstrate your ability to perform a particular skill.
The achievements you use in your functional resume need to be specific. For example, if you are a job seeker promoting a skill base of professional business development, then be specific and demonstrate exactly why you are a competitive employee in this area. What percentage of business growth did you achieve? Did you increase revenue? If so then by how much
Have a look at this example below to get a better idea of a functional resume.
When should I use a Sequential Resume?
It’s usually always a good idea to submit a sequential resume if you’re being proactive in your professional job search strategy. If you are actively searching for new opportunities via recruitment agencies, job postings and direct advertisements, then a sequential resume is the perfect solution.
When should I use a Functional Resume?
Career professionals using functional resumes should only submit them when you’re passive in your job search. For example, if you’re at a networking function and are asked to submit your resume to a recruiter. A functional resume will work best when you have been approached by an employer.
ACTIVE JOB SEARCHING – SEQUENTIAL
PASSIVE JOB SEARCHING – FUNCTIONAL