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Differences Between a Skill-Based Resume and a Chronological Resume and Use Them to Your Advantage

If you are unfamiliar with writing resumes you may not be aware that there are different styles in which you can choose to write them. Two of the most popular resume layouts are a skill-based resume (also known as a functional resume), and a chronological resume. The resume format that you use will depend on a number of different factors.

For example, reasons why you would use a functional or skill-based resume style format are:

If it is the first time you are applying for a job
If you are changing careers
If you have experienced a variety of job changes in a short period of time
If you have had poor career growth
If you are applying for a job after a long leave of absence from the work force
If you are close to retirement
If you are military personal and are seeking a civilian job

Whereas usually the reason why you would use a chronological resume style is:

If you have maintained growth in a single profession

As you can see, a skilled-based or functional resume is heavily focused on a person’s expertise, contrary to that of a chronological resume where the emphasis is placed on the experience the individual has gained from job positions. If you are unsure of how to properly write either one of these resumes mentioned, you can find many great resume ideas from online sources, as well as purchase a variety of great resume creator programs. These programs will show you how to write a good resume, which can better your chances of being one of the few applicants who makes it to the first job interview.


The Components of a Skilled - Based or Functional Resume

If after careful consideration you have decided that the resume you need to help you land a job interview is the functional or skill-based resume. This means that you are going to create a resume that is going to focus primarily on selling your expertise. If after careful consideration you have decided that the resume format you need to help you land a job interview is the functional or skill-based resume, then you are going to create a resume that is going to focus primarily on selling your expertise. This does not mean that you will only be talking about one or two areas of your expertise, but rather you will highlight a broad range of them, which will also include your accomplishments. You do not need to include when you developed these skills, but you will want to be honest about them.

You can begin your skilled-based resume by including about 3-4 different titled headings (for example, titles could be -“Teaching Experience” “Management Experience” or “Consulting Experience”). Under each of the headings you will display your coinciding achievements by using bulleted statements, or concise paragraphs which demonstrate your skills.

The following is a list of the components of a standard functional resume (keep in mind that the resume should be no more than 1 – 2 pages in length):

Contact Information / Caption – This is mandatory to any resume regardless of its style. It includes the individual’s full name, complete address, telephone number including the area code (where they can be easily reached), and email address (which is optional, but should be checked frequently if included).

Objective – This is an optional component, but many skilled-based resumes include objectives due to the fact that the individual usually has a targeted job in mind, and knows the expertise that he or she can bring to this job. It should never contain the statement “I”, and should be straight to the point and express the skills or goals related towards the job being sought.

Expertise / Skills / Achievements – 3 to 4 headings that are complete with concise and detailed lists or short paragraphs of the individuals different personal and professional expertise.

Work Experience – A reversed chronological list of the individual’s employment, starting with his or her most recent job. Each job should include a job title, employer and dates.

Education – The individual should list his or her most recent education first, including the name of attended institution, the program studied and the year of completion. This section can also include any training or on the job experience, such as apprenticeships.

The Components of a Chronological Resume

If you will be writing a chronological resume, you will discover that preparing this resume is much easier compared to a skill-based resume. The reason is because instead of having to brainstorm and record all of your expertise in order to sell yourself to an employer, you simply need to rely upon using your detailed work experience to show off and sell your skills.

The following is a list of the components of a standard chronological resume (remember the resume should only be 1-2 pages in length):

Contact Information / Caption – This is mandatory to any resume regardless of its style. It includes the individual’s full name, complete address, telephone number including the area code (where they can be easily reached), and email address (which is optional but should be checked frequently if included).

Objective – This is an optional component, and is used in a chronological resume if the individual has a targeted job in mind, or is applying for a particular position. It should never contain the statement “I”, and should be straight to the point and express the skills or goals related towards the job being sought.

Work Experience – A reversed chronological list of the individual’s employment, starting with his or her most recent job. Each job should include a job title, employer and dates, as well as include a detailed but brief description of the skills, achievements and responsibilities exercised in the particular job.

Education – The individual should list his or her most recent education first, including the name of attended institution, the program studied and the year of completion. This section can also include any training or on the job experience, such as apprenticeships.

Other components that could be included in a chronological resume include a qualifications summary (which quickly lists skills and experience that you can bring to the company, and is usually placed after the objective), volunteer experience and/or awards (usually listed after Education). However, if these components are listed they should have relevance to the job that is being applied for. In addition, if these components are added, your resume layout is then considered to be neither skill-based nor chronological, but is what is referred to as a combination resume layout.

However, the chances of you using a chronological resume layout compared to that of the functional resume, is pretty high. This is because the chronological resume is the most common resume used on the job market today, and is preferred over 80% of the time by most organizations. Nevertheless, regardless of which resume layout you choose, always make sure that you: only include honest information, have your resume proofread, use key resume action words, be concise, print your resume out on paper of excellent quality, avoid using the statement “I”, and above all - be concise.


About the Author:
Julie Campbell, owner of JBC Online E-Publishing writing services (www.jbconlineepublishing.com) is an experienced, professional writer, editor, and translator (English/French) who provides quality information about web resumes, as well as resume shareware, and resumes services to assist in editing those already written for polish and flair.
 

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