Resume Format: Functional

A Functional Resume is a skills-based resume that highlights your skills rather than work history. This format is meant to allow readers to quickly visualize what the applicant is capable of doing, not where they learned to do it. This format allows you to show your future employers your skills and abilities, painting a picture of all that you can and will bring to the company.

Because this type of resume is focused on your skills, you want to make sure the skills you have on your resume are relevant to the job you are applying for. List your most valuable and relevant skills first, you want the hiring manager to see those first! You want to show case your professional skills. The goal of this resume format is to show your future employer you have the professional skills they are looking for, rather than years of work experience.

Advantages:

This format is great for students just graduating college with little experience, professionals that are entering a new field of work, or professionals with large gaps between work. The functional format allows candidates to highlight their transferable skills.

Disadvantages:

The functional resume format does have a few disadvantages. It does not show the whole picture, it is hard to understand a candidate’s full career story because it is not laid out in a linear fashion. Hiring managers or recruiters may be weary when they see a function resume because it gives them the sense that the candidate is trying to hide inconsistent career growth or spotty work experience.

FORMAT

Contact Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email, Telephone Number

Summary Statement/ Objective Statement:

  • This is your opportunity to speak to your unique abilities and skills. This section should be 2-4 sentences long.

Qualifications/Professional Skills:

  • This is the focal point of your resume!! Brainstorm 3 or 4 relevant skills that apply directly to the position you are applying for. For Example, Customer Service, Sales, and Management can be your professional skills you want to highlight and underneath each skill you want to make a bulleted list that includes practical applications of each.
  • You can look at the job positing to verify the skills the company will be looking for when reviewing your resume.
  • You can also add your work accomplishments in this section ( even better if they can be measured in metrics that are industry approved!!)

Education:

  • University/college name
  • Major
  • Degree
  • Graduation year
    • If you are a recent graduate you can consider adding your GPA to this section

Work Experience :

  • List your work experience in reverse- chronological order
    • Job Title, Dates of Employment, Company, and Location

Resume Format: Chronological

When using the Chronological Resume format, you work in reverse chronological order. This format focuses primarily on your work experience. It is a fact-based layout that allows employers to quickly skim over and get an understanding of your qualifications and experience. It is considered to be one of the easier formats because it is dictated by your work history. This format is best for people who have extensive work history in one field and their experience shows consistent growth in that field. This is not the resume format you should use if you are changing career paths or entering the work force.

Format:

Contact Information

  • Name
  • City, State, Zip
  • Email Address & Phone Number

Objective Statement or Professional Summary

  • this is where you tell the employer what you can do for them. Make sure to use clear, and active language. You want this statement to be bold and show your enthusiasm but you also want it to remain professional.

Work Experience

You must list your work experience in reverse chronological order- starting with your most recent experience. Make sure to limit your work experience to the last 10- 15 years.

  • Job Title
  • Company Name
  • Dates of employment
  • Measurable achievements with results

Skills

You can bullet point your relevant technical and soft skills that apply to the position you are interested in. The skills listed here should complement your achievements from the previous section.

Education

In this section you will the school you attend along with the degree earned and any awards or honors you received. ***If you just graduated or do not have a lot of work experience, move this section above your work section. ****

Is your Resume organized?

Resumes are so important, when a hiring manager is going through a stack of resumes, they are not going to sit and search through a messy resume to find your experience. Their job is to find and hire qualified employees to fill areas of need within their company. This is a time sensitive task; this is why having a well organized and clear resume is so important! Over the next few weeks we are going to cover the three main ways to organize your resume to present yourself and your skills in the best possible way!

Today we are going to introduce the 3 most used organizational layouts for a resume. They are chronological, Functional, and Combination. The Chronological resume is a timeline of your work experience and education listed present to past, reverse chronological order. You want your most recent experience at the top of your resume and then you want to work backwards, this is because usually your most recent jobs are the most relevant to the position you are applying for. This layout is used to show growth and development in a particular field.

A functional resume highlights your skills and accomplishments and deemphasizes your work history. This is usually used by people entering a new industry where they do not have much work experience, but they do have an abundance of transferable skills. If you have held multiple jobs in a relatively short period of time this is also a format you may want to consider because it focuses not on the length of time you were employed but instead the skills, you used and acquired while working. One of the most important things to remember when using a Functional resume is for every skill you list you must provide specific examples for how you have employed said skill.

A Combination/Modified resume is exactly what it sounds like, a mix of the two formats previously mentioned! You list your work experience in reverse chronological order, while also highlighting important skills and accomplishments you have gained throughout your various positions. This format allows hiring managers to quickly look at your work experience timeline while also grabbing their attention with your relevant qualifications and accomplishments.

Check in with us throughout the next couple of weeks as we will be diving deeper into these three resume formats.

First time applying for a position with us?

Are you new to Medical Temporaries? Are you unsure of the steps you need to take in order to apply? Don’t fret! This blog is perfect for you!

Let’s start with what should become your best friend, our website! The “Career Opportunities” tab is where you will go to look at our open positions. You are able to search the open positions by job title or location. You can click on each position to read the requirements, rate, and hours as well as a job description, and the best part is you are able to apply directly through our website!

If you meet the requirements for the position, one of our staffing specialists will reach out to set up a virtual interview with you!!

Before we can move forward with the interview, we do ask each candidate to complete application documents. The application documents must be completed prior to your scheduled interview time! If you do not complete the application documents, we will be unable to conduct the virtual interview.

Our application documents are 4 pages long. The first page asks for previous employers, the second asks for professional references, and the third and fourth page are signatures. Make sure not to hit the submit button until you have finished signing the fourth page!

The next step is the virtual interview! They usually run between 20-30 minutes long and we ask that you have a photo ID available at the start of your virtual interview that you can show your staffing specialist through your webcam.

If for any reason you will be unable to make your scheduled interview time or if you need to reschedule please give the office a call (757) 491-7766. We would be more than happy to reschedule your interview!!

Interview Etiquette

We have all been taught from a young age to use good manners, whether we were in a restaurant or sitting in a classroom. Good manners should always be practiced, no if’s, and’s, or but’s. That rule stands true for interviews as well! Here are 2 interview etiquette reminders!

Dress to impress! Dress professionally and appropriately, even if it is a virtual interview. If your interviewer showed up in a t-shirt and sweatpants, what would your initial thought be? They aren’t taking this interview seriously, or they do not care enough about the interview to put forth effort to look presentable. Now if that is how you, the interviewee feels, imagine what the interviewer is thinking when a candidate shows up not looking put together, it is not a good first impression, is it?

Communication, communication, communication! One of the biggest frustrations for an interviewer is when their interviewee does not show up to the interview. In todays world of technology, it is easier than ever to communicate with each other via phone, email, or text. Unfortunately, we still run into the problem of people not communicating with us. If you are unable to make your interview time, or need to reschedule call the office or if you are unable to call the office email your interviewer and let them know. We understand that life happens and unexpected situations can pop-up suddenly, we are happy to reschedule your interview to a time that works best for you. If your interviewer does not hear from you, it leaves them thinking that you just did not care enough about the interview to show up or call to say you are no longer interested. If you have found another job opportunity and are no longer interested in interviewing you should reach out to your interviewer and thank them for the opportunity and let them know you have accepted another offer/are no longer available. We will wish you luck on your new endeavor and thank you for taking the time to let us know you will not be available to interview.

Quick Reminder!

Medical Temporaries/Allstaff Pros is your employer, any absences or anticipated tardiness must be reported by calling before your scheduled work time.

Continue calling until you are able to speak to someone at the agency either by calling our office (757) 491-7766 or one of our on call cell numbers.
Calling the site directly or just leaving a message is not sufficient. If you are requesting approved time off, you must also obtain approval from Medical Temporaries/Allstaff Pros with reasonable notice. The client will be contacted for approval. It may be necessary to provide documentation regarding missed work.

Employees are required to call Medical Temporaries, Inc. regarding the following:

  • If you are available for work or your availability has changed you must call in monthly
  • Are sick and can’t go to work or need to leave work for an emergency or are putting in a request for approved time off.
  • Have any problem, which will result in tardiness
  • Want to resign, as a 2-week notice is required
  • Have problems or concerns that might affect the ability to perform job duties
  • Have an injury/illness on the job
  • Are offered a long-term position at the current assignment
  • Have been instructed by the direct supervisor on site of changes in your assignment
  • If your timesheet reporting is delayed or you have a problem with your paycheck
  • Have any changes of name, licensure, address, tax withholding, phone numbers, or to resume or work history or any reprimand or change in licensure.

Happy New Year!

With 2020 coming to a close, only a few more comments remain about this past year before packing it up and moving forward. The idea is not to forget this past year but, instead, to acknowledge the valuable lessons we have learned and leave any negativity behind ! No one can say this past year was easy, normal, or predictable but the lessons it has taught us are invaluable. We are resilient, and we will adapt and overcome! It has taught us to think outside the box and find ways to make things “work” when no one thought it was possible. We have all learned to adapt to the ever changing world around us and, as the world heals from a pandemic, we are picking ourselves up by our bootstraps, dusting ourselves off and getting ready for everything this New Year has to offer. Our Medical Temporaries team wants to thank you for all of your hard work and dedication this past year.

We have made it! 2021 has arrived and we are ready to tackle the challenges and opportunities it will bring. This is a year for growth, and new opportunities both as individuals and professionally. The start of the new year is the perfect time to create a sound foundation that will foster positivity and productivity throughout the year. Starting the year off with a positive mindset allows you to grow from any challenges you will, no doubt, face rather than crumble under the pressure. If we can change the narrative around challenges from being a negative experience to a positive learning experience then we are already 10 steps ahead. If every time we face a challenge we think only about how hard it will be to overcome, we will gain nothing from the experience. Instead, we will struggle through the roadblock with frustration and may eventually walk away not having learned anything. The negative portrayal of the situation becomes our reality and will have been a waste of time. But, if we approach said challenge with the mindset of what we can learn from this, there is bound to be a more productive outcome. If we can learn from the roadblocks we encounter then they are not a waste of time but, instead, they become a learning opportunity that allows us to apply our new wisdom in future situations.

The entire Medical Temporaries team wishes you a Happy New Year! May this year be a blessing to you and your family!

Holiday Fun!

This Holiday season is going to look different, no question about it, but it can still be fun and full of holiday spirit. Here are a few activities that we can all partake in to celebrate the holidays while still remaining safe. There is no reason to feel alone this holiday season, we must overcome and adapt and take our old traditions and tweak them ever so slightly so we are following COVID regulations and staying safe!

Bake cookies with family over FaceTime or Zoom

Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions! Who doesn’t love a good holiday cookie? Invite family and friends to a virtual cookie baking and decorating party! You can even make it a friendly competition and see who has the best decorated holiday cookies. Everyone is staying safe but also spending quality time together, even if it is over zoom or Facetime. We can still make lasting memories and enjoy our holiday traditions with family and friends, it will just be virtual!

Virtual Holiday Dinner Party

Host a virtual dinner party. It’s fun, easy, and safe! No need to cook for a whole house of people, you just have to cook for yourself. You still get to enjoy the company of others without the work. It allows you to safely socialize and enjoy each other’s presence this holiday season without having to leave your house. That is what the holiday season is all about, spending quality time with those you love.

Drive Thru Christmas Displays

Christmas lights are one of the highlights of the holiday season! Everyone can enjoy the beauty that Christmas displays bring. A great evening activity is driving around and looking at the Christmas displays others have put up. Some places have drive-through Christmas light shows where you get to stay in the safety and comfort of your warm car and look at the beautiful lights! If there are no drive through Christmas displays near you, check out social media as there are bound to be friends posting about neighborhoods that have decorated for the holiday season. Make a special outing to enjoy these lights on display!

The Classic- Watch Christmas Movies

This is a classic, and a staple in most homes for the holiday season. Dedicate a night to cuddling up on the couch and watching the classic Christmas movies. Make some hot chocolate, throw in a few, or more than a few, marshmallows and grab your softest blanket and get comfy! Make it a movie marathon, holiday edition!

Drop food off for your neighbors

The holidays are all about sharing and helping others. Spend the time you are “stuck inside” and be productive! Make a few of your favorite holiday meals and package them up and deliver them to neighbors, make sure to take any precautions necessary to keep both parties safe. You can leave the packaged meals on your neighbors door step and they can pick it up after you have left. If you are not much of a cook, you can always donate pantry items or canned food to a local homeless shelter or food pantry in your area.

There are plenty of things we can still do this holiday season. We will not let COVID take away our holiday spirit. It takes some flexibility and creativity but let’s make this holiday season one to remember, not because of the pandemic, but because of the traditions, new and old! Medical Temporaries wishes you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!

Happy Holidays

While we sip on our hot chocolate or apple cider during our virtual holiday parties this year, take a look at the faces of those who have made it through 2020 with you. The faces of those who have managed all the hurdles, set backs, and unimaginable events, and who are still by your side celebrating. This isn’t the end of the COVID pandemic but it is the start of a new year filled where overcoming, adapting, and making the best of our new “normal” is a triumph and where promise still lies ahead. 


For some, the holiday season is dreaded, not because of the season itself but because of the added stress that shopping for presents and decorating the house brings to our, already, hectic lives. Others, on the other hand, will start counting down to the next holiday before they have time to put away this year’s decorations. No matter what type of holiday celebrator you are, we can all agree on one thing. This holiday season is going to look a bit different than those in years past. Our annual holiday parties are becoming virtual and the normal crowd on Christmas Day is probably going to be smaller than usual. While it is very easy to look at the world’s current situation and be upset with how different our holiday traditions might look this year, let’s make a vow to make this holiday season one to remember. Not because of COVID, travel restrictions, or quarantines, but because of the holiday cheer we can all spread this season. A small act of kindness is very impactful, especially after a year like 2020, and it takes almost no time to do. Imagine the cheer that can be spread if everyone took part in doing small acts of kindness throughout the month! The holidays are a time to give, put a smile on someone’s face and see the pure joy that kindness creates. We could all use a little extra kindness in this world, and each of us can take the first step.

Together let’s make this world a little less crazy this holiday season and let’s focus on spreading the holiday cheer! It is time to come together and lift each other up. After all, isn’t that the spirit of the holiday season! 
Here are a few simple ways to spread cheer:

  • Buy coffee for the person behind you at the drive through
  • Throw your spare change in the donation bucket at the grocery store
  • Buy a toy and donate it
  • Volunteer one weekend at a food bank or shelter
  • Send a Holiday card to a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile
  • Smile and say hello when you walk past someone
  • Leave a nice tip or tip your delivery driver a few extra dollars
  • Have food delivered to a friend you know needs a pick me up
  • Give your coworker a compliment
  • Bake cookies for your neighbor 
  • Give someone a call to check in on them rather than text them 

Staying Motivated!



With the cold weather slowly approaching, we all start to frantically pull out our fuzzy socks, cozy sweaters, and stretchy pants. We start getting ourselves ready for “hibernation mode”. Cold weather means staying inside, bundling up with comfy blankets, and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, with an abundance of marshmallows. Getting out of bed in the morning becomes more and more difficult as the temperature drops. Who enjoys getting out of a warm bed, to step on an icy cold floor to take a hot shower to then be forced to brace the bitter cold to get to work? I will answer that question for you…. no one! While the cold weather does bring great fashion, ultimate comfort clothes, and delicious hot beverages, it does NOT bring motivation.


Practice gratitude

Many believe the winter months are not a productive time, and some believe it can be a waste, but that is exactly the mindset that we need to focus on changing! If you read our last blog post about gratitude, you know that we need to practice seeing the positive aspects of the cards we are dealt, and cold weather happens to be one of those cards. Instead of dreading the “unproductive season” and wishing for it to end, let’s be thankful for what we have during this time. For example, in the winter you don’t have to mow your grass, you get to eat comfort food, you can enjoy winter exclusive activities, and you have a warm place to sleep at night. Appreciating all the gifts one is blessed with during the winter months might even encourage us to help those who are not as fortunate. While we get to sleep in our warm and comfy beds this winter, there are many people that are not fortunate enough to have the same comforts. Take a second to recognize how much we have to be grateful for and then consider doing something to helps others. A grateful attitude is the first step in staying motivated and productive throughout the colder months. And, a grateful attitude can help us avoid becoming a victim of the bitter, cold weather.

Spend time outside

Unfortunately, our lives do not stop for the colder months, we have to keep living. We can’t stay at home all day in the warmth of our bed, we still have to go to work and be productive. This means continuing our fitness routine, maintaining a balanced diet, staying focused and getting involved! This is much easier said than done, when it feels like it is negative thirty degrees outside and all you want to do is eat junk food and watch Netflix. Productivity and motivation tend to be low on the priority list when the cold sets in. And, while staying warm is usually the goal during the winter months, here is a counterintuitive piece of advice, be sure to spend more time outside in the bitter cold. Spending time in the fresh air is beneficial for our physical and mental health. Take advantage of all the sunny days we are given. Take the dogs on a nice walk, go to the park and read a book while sitting in the sun. Go on a jog. These small outings will help lessen the feeling of isolation winter months can bring. Spending a day outside can be especially important for those people who become vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight. When a beautiful sunny day presents itself, make it a point to spend some time outside!

Eat a balanced diet

It is very easy to pack on the pounds during the colder months, because, if we are honest here, who doesn’t love eating hardy comfort food when its cold outside? We must make a conscious effort to eat a balanced diet. We can certainly enjoy our comfort foods but use portion control when we do. We need to follow a nutrient-rich diet, that includes fruits and vegetables! We can also adapt and make new recipes that are lighter, healthier versions of classic comfort foods that we all know and love. All the taste with no guilt! When we eat better, our bodies feel better. It is all about balance!

Exercise

Start a new work-out routine! The gym is an option but not a must! You can do at-home workouts, and don’t use not having weights as an excuse! You can use household objects in place of dumbbells! Your workouts don’t have to be intense training sessions, they just need to be something to get your body moving. Invest in warm workout gear so you can brave the elements. Working out is a mood booster. When you work out your body releases endorphins which increase your feeling of happiness; it also reduces hormones that produce anxiety and stress. It is also great for your mental health; it allows you to escape your everyday routine and focus all of your energy and thoughts into your workout. Getting a workout partner is a great way to keep yourself motivated. It is hard to stay in bed when you have your friend sitting outside waiting for you. You can both motivate each other and hold each other accountable to stay on track.

Keep yourself busy

Keep yourself busy and get involved. Take this time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Find something you have always wanted to learn and take a deep dive into it. There are so many new things you can learn: knitting, painting, or cooking. There are so many online classes you can sign up for, or teach yourself! You can join a Facebook group or watch YouTube videos, or pick up a book at your local bookstore. Starting a new project makes your time spent inside feel much more productive than sitting on the couch watching TV.

Self-care

Last, but certainly not least, there is self-care! Self-care is taking a second for yourself, and finding something to do that you enjoy. For example, listening to your favorite sports podcast, drinking some hot chocolate, taking a warm bubble bath, getting a massage, or taking a nature walk. In this busy life of ours we forget to take a break and treat ourselves! Try to disconnect from technology for a little bit, snuggle up on the couch with your pets or grab a good book and just “unplug”. Doing some light stretching or meditating are also great self care activities. Practicing self-care will allow you to thrive this winter… not just survive!