Resources for Chrono-Functional Resumes

BUILD MY RESUME

This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Orly writes: I was wondering if you could give me the names of some books that you recommend for putting together a functional resume. I am changing careers and believe that my chronological resume is not having good results.
The Career Doctor responds: I would have to say that the book that seems most in vogue these days is Susan Britton Whitcomb’s Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (Jist). The book is a comprehensive (almost 600 pages!) review of all types of resumes, and as you might guess given its size, spends a good deal of time on functional resumes. I also suggest you read my partner’s article, Should You Consider a Functional Resume?, which discusses the merits and problems with functional resumes. The problems are worth noting — many employers dislike functional resumes, especially a purely functional format. Experiment with a chrono-functional format, but keep your chronological version handy in case the chrono-functional is even less successful. In light of your career change, you may want to hire a professional resume writer.

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