Are all resume formats created equal?
January 5, 2012 5:54 AM Subscribe
I've been unemployed since the end of September. Recently, I've had two separate people (one (a recruiter) whose opinion I respect, and one (a woman at unemployment) whose opinion I find suspect) tell me that they would never consider anyone who submits a functional style resume
(which is what I use). Do you hire people or work in HR? What do you think?
posted by anastasiav to work & money (41 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I use a functional resume because it best highlights and combines my pretty diverse work history, and it enables me to highlight my (rather old now) training and development experience. Yet both these women said to me that they would never consider anyone with a functional resume, because they feel it's an attempt to hide something or be deceptive.
During prior job searches I've always had great luck getting interviews, using just exactly this style of resume and a well written custom cover letter. This time, not so much, and although I've been blaming this on the economy I'm starting to wonder if my resume is at fault.
Thoughts? Do I really need to change back to a boring chronological resume that doesn't really serve my job history and background well?