Monday, March 3, 2014

When Should You Use a Functional Resume?

Written by Lauren Lind

Chronological resumes are the norm; however, there are times when a functional resume can be more beneficial. What is a functional resume anyway? I wasn’t sure what they were until recently. A functional resume highlights your skills and experience, as opposed to your chronological work history. You might want to consider this option if you are just starting your resume, lack a ton of experience, are changing careers, or who have gaps in your employment history. Be sure to chose a resume format that shows direct correlation between relevance to the job and your skills.

Here are a few tips when writing a functional resume:

  List your most important skill first (the skill that best matches the job requirements). Be sure to list the most information about this skill.

•Continue listing your skills in the order of their importance to the job.

•List at least 3-4 skills.

  Write 2-3 bullets on each skill explaining achievements and accomplishments.

• Show growth and progress with your responsibilities.

Here is an example of a functional resume: 

If you need some help writing your resume be sure to stop by our Resumes that Rock! workshop March 4th in Norlin Library room E303 at 5:30-7:00pm.