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A functional resume takes the skills and accomplishments you have learned
from previous employment and experiences (i.e., classroom and/or volunteer)
and divides them into three or more categories according to a common, skill-based theme.
This format allows the writer to focus on relevant skills rather than recent positions.
Who uses it?
People who are changing career paths.
Those who lack experience directly related to the job they are trying to get.
Anyone who only has seasonal or temporary employment experience.
Candidates who have significant gaps between employment experiences.
Who should not use it ?
Individuals who have little work or leadership experience.
People who are entering a traditional field (education, government, etc.) where employment history is important.
Candidates who want to emphasize their career growth.
Functional Resume Cont. What do employers think? This type of resume is sometimes hard for employers to follow . It does not make it immediately evident what type or amount of work experience a candidate has and it also does not clearly demonstrate employment growth and development. The benefit of using this type of resume is that it allows one to highlight skills sets, as they relate to a specific job, and to show an employer what you can bring to their organization (experience and capabilities).
Think of your resume as a marketing tool that promotes you as an ideal candidate to potential employers.
The goal in writing a resume is to make yourself attractive to potential employer, securing you the opportunity to interview with the organization.
While writing a resume can seem overwhelming, once you break it down into sections, it is not as difficult.
The simplest way to think of a resume is to compare it to a traditional paper or essay.
All of the essential ingredients to writing a paper are the same as writing a resume.
The Resume Ingredients Resume Section Paper Section Purpose of Section Heading Information at the top of paper (i.e. name) Lets the employer know who you are and how to reach you Objective Thesis or Summary What you can offer the employer Education Introduction Educational experiences and degrees Experience Supporting Details Include your responsibilities, skills, and accomplishments Other Relevant Information Conclusion Volunteer, Professional Membership
The right way: make it look professional with no spelling or grammatical errors, use italics or bold lettering to draw attention to significant points.
The wrong way: using colors to attract attention or highlight certain areas, using too many fonts, making it too dense and/or using pictures.
Make your resume look professional: After you are done putting your resume together, have it printed on resume paper . Resume paper is thicker, more expensive paper. Just like when you have to dress up for an interview, your resume needs to look dressed up to be the best representation of you .
Degree earned or earning spelled out completely (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science).
Expected Graduation Date or if you have already graduated the date you graduated (month and year)
GPA if you have a 3.0 or above. Be sure to indicate the schools grading scale (4.0 scale). It is also ok to use your major GPA if it is higher and your major relates to the field you hope to enter.
Study Abroad Program
Related Coursework or Project Work
Other Optional sections are : Honor’s, Certification, and Special Training.
Eliminate high school information- Your high school information is no longer relevant because employers assume you have graduated high school due to the fact that you are either now earning your college degree or have already received it.