Resumes – Three Styles

There are three most commonly used, yet distinctly different, resume styles… Chronological: this is the traditional format, most commonly used and widely accepted. The Functional resume is designed to highlight areas of functional expertise, and achievements within those areas, in turn this means with less focus on previous employment – and well suited to the candidate wishing to change career path or industry. The third is a Consultancy style – emphasis on qualifications, projects, and areas of high level expertise.

The Chronological resume

…is well suited to show career progression if you are aiming for a more senior role in the same industry, or if you have worked with a highly regarded brand.

Best not to use this style when you are aiming to change your career path, have gaps in your career or have had a number of short engagements.

The Functional resume

…is well suited when your career history is different to your focus now ie changing careers; you have expertise and achievements that are strongly transferable; your expertise has been developed over disconnected industries and unrelated positions; you have gaps in your career.

Best not to use this style if your target audience is traditional and you want to show your professional development along your career path eg promotion or a highly regarded / iconic brand was your former employer and your role prestigious.

The Consultancy resume

… is well suited if you are engaging as a Consultant, either independent or on behalf of a Consultancy firm. The focus is position, high level relevant expertise and where you applied that expertise and knowledge. That will include noteworthy engagements or projects, capability statement, senior level affiliations.

Best not to use this style unless macro level overview showing “you have done it before” suits your target audience.

Again, your choice comes down what will be the most impressive introduction of you to your target audience.