April 1, 2024

I interviewed a great candidate last week. She had all the right experience for my Director of Supply Chain role, solid education, great personality and leadership skills. But I couldn’t send her resume to my client, because it was written in functional format instead of chronological.

Does that sound harsh?  Maybe.  But I know from experience that most hiring managers won’t even look twice at a functional resume.  So by sending a poorly formatted resume to my client I wouldn’t be helping anyone.

We only get one shot to make a first impression, so make it count!  Use a chronological resume instead of a functional resume.

I gave her a couple sample resumes and a homework assignment – please re-do your resume in chronological format and we’ll see if we can get you an interview.

What are your thoughts on this?  Am I too picky?  Let me know in the comments!

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