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Use This Functional Resume

"Functional" or "skills-based" resumes and CVs focus, primarily, on the skills you have that relate to the job you're applying for. This style of resume is best for people:

  • Who want to change careers
  • With academic or technical training but little work experience
  • Who are returning to the workforce
  • Who have held many different jobs or jobs only for short periods

Functional resumes do better than chronological resumes in these situations because they emphasize your skills more than the jobs you've held.

Following are the steps for writing your functional resume plus a functional resume template.

Do A Skills Inventory

The first step in writing a functional resume is to inventory your skills:

For each job you've held, whether paid or volunteer, full or part time, write down your major responsibilities. Then list the skills you used in carrying out these responsibilities - skills like teamwork, customer service, technology, communication, supervising, managing, training, operating equipment, etc.

Select The Skills Relevant To The Job

Once you have your skills inventory, choose the skills that are relevant to the specific job you're applying for. The job advertisement or job description will help you decide which these are. These are the skills that will go on your resume.

Identify Your Achievements

Achievements are things we've accomplished using our knowledge, skills or qualities. They can be single achievements (where you made a difference within a particular project or activity) or ongoing achievements, where you continue to perform well (such as constantly hitting targets).

In the functional resume template below we suggest you describe the achievement, making sure it's clear what you role was and the outcome.

What To Include

A functional resume starts with your name and contact information. Bold your name to make it stand out as we've done in the functional resume template below.

The next item is a statement of your career objective. This can either be a one sentence description of the job you want or a fuller explanation - for more advice visit our resume objective help section.

The next section is your summary of skills. Using three to five of the most relevant skills you selected, list each one, giving a brief description if you like. Describe your skills using action words such as: plan, organize, write, troubleshoot, operate, explain, supervise, record, lift, etc. Action words make your skills statements stronger.

Then follows your achievements.

Follow this with your work history or work experience. Starting with the most recent first, list the name of the employer, your job title and the dates of employment as we've done in the functional resume template below.


In the education and qualifications section, starting with your highest level of education put the school, its location, your course of study, and date of completion.

If you have specific qualifications that apply to the job, list them next. Same with awards or professional memberships.

Unlike our functional resume template below, you may include a section on interests and activities that relate to your job objective or demonstrate qualities or skills that are valuable in a work setting. For example, "Led a girl scout troupe for seven years", or, "Organized a benefit drive for Hurricane Katrina victims." The action words "led" and "organized" describe valuable career skills - they're important even though you didn't perform them as part of a job.

List references on a separate sheet.

This following functional resume template is a guideline you can use to help you write a resume that accurately and fully describes your skills and abilities to an employer.

Functional Resume Template

Name

Address

City, State Zip Code

Telephone number

Email address

Objective or Personal Summary

Either a one sentence description of the job you want or a fuller explanation - for more advice visit our resume objective help section.

Key Skills

  • List skill
  • List skill
  • List skill
  • List skill
  • List skill

Achievements

  • Describe the achievement, emphasizing your role and the outcome
  • Describe the achievement, emphasizing your role and the outcome
  • Describe the achievement, emphasizing your role and the outcome

Experience or Career History

Job Title, Employer, Dates

  • Major responsibilities
  • Major responsibilities

Job Title, Employer, Dates

  • Major responsibilities
  • Major responsibilities

Education and Qualifications

School, City and State, Degree/Diploma/Certificate, Subject, Date

School, City and State, Degree/Diploma/Certificate, Subject, Date

Awards and Professional Memberships

List if any

Fine Tune Your Resume

Before you send out your functional resume, ask someone else to read it - a friend, relative, or career advisor. The more the person knows about writing resumes, the better feedback he or she will be able to give you. And make sure your resume doesn't have any typos or grammatical or spelling mistakes.

We hope you found our functional resume template useful and can use it to help write a resume that wins you interviews. 

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