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When a Functional Resume Really Functions

By Cathy Francois, MBA, GCDF
Contributor, Career Services

The most common resume style is the chronological resume. However, sometimes the chronological order of your life doesn't work in your favor. This could be the result of a gap in employment due to school, illness, time served in the military, or a break to raise a family. In addition, you may have switched from one industry or career to other, and your most recent experience does not highlight your potential for your desired career very well. I recommend bringing function to your resume by using a functional style resume, which allows you to highlight specific experience, skills, and/or knowledge as it relates to the career you are seeking.