The chronological resume is better for most people than the functional resume because employers are more comfortable with the chronological resume. In this type of resume, you show your experience chronologically beginning with your current or most recent job. You can show only the “year dates”–for example: Account Executive. XYZ Company, Warsaw, NY (1999-present)–so that allows you to omit a job which you held for only a couple of months. Many employers find the functional resume a frustrating experience because they can’t see “what you did when.” Functional resumes are often used when job hunters want to hide something, so many employers distrust functional resumes.

The chronological versus the functional resume

Remember that your goal is to make the person who reads your resume say, “Wow, I want to meet this person.” Choosing the right words to put on your resume is much more important than trying to “reinvent the wheel” and find a new format. Employers like the chronological format because they can see what you’re doing now, what you did previously, and what you did before that, without having to “connect the dots” and “study” your resume. Remember that the reader is probably spending a few seconds deciding whether to meet you or not. The interviewer may quickly decide to meet you because of the strength of your resume, but even then he may decide that he doesn’t need to read the resume carefully and in-depth until the interview day arrives.

The chronological versus the functional resume

You have only a few seconds to make a great first impression, but the resume will sit on a table later on, between you and the interviewer, and the accomplishments you show will influence the salary negotiation process later on. So the resume has two important jobs to do: (1) it needs to blow the door open and (2) it needs to facilitate the optimum discussion of salary from your point of view.

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