How to Write a Functional Resume

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Learn how to write a functional resume with expert job hunting tips in this free online resume workshop video.

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Hi! My name is Tina Buechler from Business Growth Training, and I’m here on behalf of In this clip, I would like to talk about a functional format for a resume. If your last job is not very similar to the job that you are seeking, if you have a lot of gaps in your employment history, then a functional resume is the best format to choose. It will market your skills best to the perspective employer. The format or what to include within a functional resume is as follows: you start off with your name and identification. We talked about that earlier, what is included in that. The second thing that you need to include is your profile highlighting your skills and key accomplishments as they market you to your position. This is when our resume changes very differently from a chronological. In the functional format, you will choose 2 to 3, perhaps 4 key skill sets. For example, I might choose project management, sales management, and office management. Those would be my key functional skill sets. Underneath project management, I would choose from all my different places of employment, all of the specific things I did that were associated with project management, all of the different things that I had done associated with office management, and all of the things that I had done associated with sales management. So, I would choose different skills based upon functional skill set, not the actual place of employment. Given that just a functional skill set, nowhere on your resume will you have any information about the jobs that you held and the companies that you worked for. You then create a subject title “employment history.” Under employment history, you write down what your last job title was, and this is followed by your last employer and your years of experience, the years that you worked there. Then, you go to your previous job, previous employer, and years and you go so on back. Again, only going back to a maximum of 20 years. After this section, you would follow it by education. Now, key thing you need to know, all of the key points that you have put up here in your profile. Let’s say I said I had 10 years marketing and sales experience, then through here and through here the employer needs to find information that validates my 10 years. Whatever I have put in the profile needs to be validated through the remainder of the resume. So, in a functional format, you choose key functional skill sets and list your places of employment separately.


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