We have established that the objective of your CV is to capture the recruiter's interest and get you that elusive interview invitation.
It is clear that a single, one-size-fits-all CV can be easily spotted and is unlikely to impress. However, the question remains: what is the most appropriate way to present the information you want to share with your target employer?
There are two main ways you can format your CV:
Most people choose a chronological CV format, which focuses on work experience and academic achievements. Using this format has many advantages:
Chronological CVs are the safe and obvious choice if you:
A functional CV is designed to let a potential employer know that you have the skills they are looking for in a given role.
It may start with a summary of your relevant qualifications, followed by a list of your skills. Details of your employment history are not emphasised and tend to be placed nearer the end.
Given that this format is not typically chosen, why should you consider it?
Disadvantages of a functional CV:
To summarise, each of these formats has pros and cons. Whichever one you select, the key to success is ensuring that you tailor the contents for each position for which you are applying.