Why Functional Resumes are not Functional
Recently I rec’d another resume in the dreaded “functional format”. I decided to do some research on this very subject to see if I was the only one that thought this format was clearly not functional. In doing so, I found many articles and blogs on the subject of functionally formatted resumes. This might have been a format that was used many years ago, but most people from a hiring standpoint, do not find this to be an effective format now. Below are a list of reasons why I find this format to not be “functional”
1. The first thing you see when you receive a functional resume is the places of employment listed one right after the other. This is certainly not an “attractive” way to market your past places of employment and in a quick glance, it can be overwhelming to see them listed this way.
2. There is never a company description, which means in my office, there is a very good chance your resume will be missed for future opportunities. The brief company description is many times how we find you in our database. The types of companies/environments from which you have come is very important for future employers to know. You cannot expect a company to do an online search to learn what your past employers do. You should be providing this information on your resume for the recipient.
3. The 3rd reason I don’t care for this format is that the “bulk” of each of your positions is not listed where it should be. The information about your past places of employment should be listed right under those positions. You are making the reader search to find that information. When I started a discussion on LinkedIn years ago about this format, another recruiter referred to this format as the “connect the dot” resume. I could not have said it better.
I don’t recommend a functionally formatted resume. I recommend a basic chronological resume to avoid confusion and give the recipient the information they need in an easy format for them to follow.