Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. Read more...
Using the functional format (also called a skills resume) is probably the most deadly error you can commit in terms of the resume’s effectiveness.
Recruiters and employers literally detest the functional format. It does not give them the information they need in the format they want. Additionally, it generally indicates the job seeker is trying to hide something since the functional format is used to cover up problems such as date gaps, job hopping, or lack of experience.
Just the mere appearance of the functional format is a huge turnoff to decision-makers.