Commentary: Hints for those seeking career change |

Commentary: Hints for those seeking career change

Do you want to change careers and don’t know what to do first? Are you thinking about going back to school and need help with the process? I’m here to help answer your questions. I am a Career Counselor in Nevada County. Please feel free to contact me with your questions and we may post them along with the answers here in Cindy’s Career Corner.

Q. I have been a homemaker for the last 10 years so I don’t have recent job experience. I would like to go back to work now but I’m sure that an employer will take one look at my resume and think I have no current experience and I’ll not even be considered. What should I do?

A. There are several different types of resumes and I would recommend you use a “functional” resume. The functional resume accentuates the functions of the job positions you have held, displaying the skills you have used and the qualifications you possess. The functional resume highlights work functions rather than summarizing education and work experience chronologically. It provides a way to display your abilities and relate your strengths to the job you are seeking. The reader concentrates on your achievements. Some resume writers prefer the functional style, claiming it is more interesting to read and more likely to attract attention. They believe the chronological resume tends to obscure a person’s accomplishments and skills with too many names, dates, addresses, and positions held.

The functional resume emphasizes different abilities, depending on the qualifications required by the job goal. Those who have had years of work experience often favor the functional resume because they have accumulated many skills from work they have done. College graduates can emphasize the skills they developed in school, on part-time and summer jobs, and from life experiences. Functional resumes may work better for people who have changed jobs frequently. If your career direction has changed several times or you have several gaps in your employment record, a “functional” resume would be a good choice.

Cindy Melby-Harada is a career counselor. Reach her at (530) 913-8903, via e-mail at or visit her website at

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