Functional or Chronological Resumes in Medical Sales
A functional resume identifies a candidate’ s key skills and abilities. It highlights the candidate’s background specifically in areas of interest to the employer.
A chronological resume typically provides education, job experiences and accomplishments in a chronological dated format. Typically chronological resumes are written listing the most recent job experiences first.
While the purpose of a functional resume is to showcase specific skills, it often does not accomplish its set task. With the present economy, your resume must catch the eye of the reader within 30 seconds to be noticed. Functional resumes are often complicated to read. It is often hard to know what the employer is seeking based off of a help-wanted advertisement. Functional resumes assume too much. However, functional resumes also have a place. It would be more appropriate to use a functional resume when applying for an executive or marketing position.
When it comes to sales, I would use a chronological resume adding a feature statement about your skills and bullets to draw the reader’s attention to your accomplishments.