We often refer to ‘functional CVs’ or ‘chronological CVs’ and many people ask what these mean.
Chronological, in the dictionary, is defined as, ‘arranged in the order in which events happened; according to date’. This is the case for a chronological CV – detailing your employment and academic experiences in the order they happened – starting with the most recent.
Functional, in the dictionary, is defined as ‘designed for or adapted to a function or use’. Functional CVs tend to be used when someone has gaps in employment and / or wants to target a career change. Using a functional CV, allows the candidate to focus purely on relevant details rather than including irrelevant details to keep the CV chornological.