Many people think writing a resume is as simple as listing all the positions they’ve ever held, then rounding it up with a bunch of impressive achievements and skills. But writing a resume that leads to an interview is more complicated than that. A resume is a marketing tool, a continuously evolving advertisement of your talents, and like any ad in any medium, it needs to be concise and attention-grabbing.
How can you write an attention-grabbing resume? There’s a lot that goes into that process, but it all starts with picking the right resume format. You need to pick one with a strong hook and a narrative structure that paints your professional history in the best light, one that emphasises your positives and downplays your flaws or missing skills.
What is a Functional Resume?
A functional resume is a style of resume that arranges your skills and specific experiences into categories relevant to your job goal. The work history section is simply a listing of job titles, employers, and dates of employment.
In this article, You will learn when a functional resume format is commonly used and how to make one.
A functional resume is particularly useful for people who:
- Are making a career change
- Do not have a lot of work experience like freshers
- Are returning to the workforce after a long absence
- Have many breaks in employment
Sections on a functional resume
- At the top of your resume state the title of the position to which you are applying.
Profile or Summary
- Use the Profile/Summary section to list your skills, experience and education that are most relevant to the job.
Relevant Skills and Experience
- Check job posting(s) to determine which skills are the most important for the position.
- Use these skills as headings and list your related accomplishments under each heading.
- For each heading, list 3 to 5 related accomplishments, taken from your employment, volunteering, educational or personal experience.
- Use verbs when describing your accomplishments.
- Include the previous employer’s name when describing an achievement so that is easier for employers to see where it occurred.
- List your work experience, starting from your most recent job.
- Include the job title, company, city and dates of employment.
- Also include any related unpaid work by mentioning “Volunteer” in brackets, for example, Office Assistant(Volunteer), Social Services.
- List any relevant education and training programs you have taken.
- Include the school or employer where you received the training and the year.
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