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Avoid functional or skills-based resumes; recruiters don’t like them because they don’t provide context and because they are an indicator that a candidate lacks qualifications or a desirable work history. Using a functional format also puts you at a disadvantage when you apply online because it doesn’t conform to applicant tracking system requirements. Your best strategy is either a chronological resume or a blend of the two forms. When you use a blended format, however, it is still important to link achievements and results with the associated employer rather than listing accomplishments or career highlights only under a dedicated heading.

There is a tendency on the part of most candidates to focus on function or job description. A strategy more likely to result in interviews is showing how you added value above and beyond the job description. Did you solve problems? Overcome challenges? Reach goals? Change how business was done? Providing detail on these topics delivers impact and conveys VALUE. And what employer isn’t attracted to the value a candidate represents?

 Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC