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Functional resumes are formatted to focus on your skills and experience instead of on your
chronological employment history. In this format, you will organize your information under headings
representing expertise and experience rather than by job titles functional resume.
In straight functional resumes, your employment history is avoided entirely; however this can raise
alarm bells with some employers. If this is likely to be a problem, it may be wise to use a combination
resume format which includes both functional and chronological components.
A functional resume format is the best choice if you have gaps in employment history, are returning to
the workforce after raising children or are newly entering the workforce after leaving school or college.
Functional resumes focus on the functions of your various roles and your job is to highlight the
relevance of these functions to the job you are applying for. This means you need to be very aware of
the requirements of the job and company you are targeting.
The first step to writing a functional resume is to evaluate the tasks you performed in each of your
previous jobs and group them into functional areas.
For example, you may have done a lot of different types of accounting or clerical jobs but within these
roles you may have had diverse functions such as training a staff member, liaising with government
departments, writing a training manual, supervision, staff evaluation, as well as the functions typically
associated with accounting college resume.
It is important to consider all functional aspects of your previous roles as these could well provide the
foot in the door you are looking for.
Once you have identified common elements of your skills and experience, you can compare these to the
specific requirements of the jobs you are applying for. Re-word them to suit the language and terms
used in the selection criteria of your targeted position.
It can be helpful to browse job ads of other similar positions to remind you of work you have done in the
past as well as to guide you in how to express your skills and experience in the most appropriate way for
your target audience.
If you feel you need some help putting together your functional resume, functional resume templates
are available online for download. Simply do an online search to find them. They can save you a lot of
time and make the resume preparation process a lot easier.
As with all resumes, functional resumes will need to include your objectives, personal details,
experience and skills, education, training and certifications, and a list of referees.
Make sure your resume is printed on white or off-white stock paper with wide margins and one and a
half line spacing to make it easy to read. Have a reliable person read it to make sure there are no errors
you haven't picked up.
You now have an effective, functional resume targeted to the job or industry you are aiming for. Once
you write a highly targeted cover letter to send with it, you are ready to apply for your job and you have
given yourself the best possible chance of obtaining an interview. www.dropresume.com