How to Get a Good Job : Writing a Functional Resume


Hi, my name is Pat Goodwin, I’m with patgoodwinassociates.com,
and we’re going to talk about, how to write a functional resume. A functional resume is
definitely different than the chronological resume. Some employers prefer the chronological
resume, but then there are times that you feel like you need to compose or develop a
functional resume based on several things. It could be that you have a specific skill
set that you want to demonstrate up front and not where you’ve worked. It could be that
you’ve had jobs that are not so related to your field of work, so you want to downplay
your professional experience and where you’ve worked, but you want to demonstrate your skills.
So the functional resume would have some of the basic components that a regular resume
would have, such as, the top of the first page would have your name and your contact
information. I would encourage you to center and bold and all caps your name, then your
contact information below that, and you can spread it out to the left and the lot right
to save a line. Underneath that, you might- I would suggest you have a summary, so we
want to know what type of work you’re looking for. A summary is 3, 4 sentences based on
the work itself and who you are as a person. When they look at a resume, they want to know
what you’ve done, when you’ve done it, and where. And when they meet you, they want to
know how you think. So functional resume doesn’t demonstrate that, because it’s highlighting
your skill set. Then, underneath your name and address and phone number and your summary,
you’re going to talk about accomplishments, special projects, what is it that you want
to convey on that first page. It could be accomplishments, it could be specific skills,
you could have a section called core competencies, with three, six, nine bullets, and a box talking
about who you are as a person, your integrity and trust, your business acumen, your ability
to plan strategically, your solving problems, your clear written communication skills. But
underneath that, you would then have your- demonstrating on the functional resume, you
would have what it is that you want to try to convey. It could be, if you are a technical
writer, you would want to have all your technical writing expertise, if you’re in film and production,
you might want to have your film and production expertise, if you’re in acting or plays, you
might want to have where you’ve actually worked from that regard, not necessarily the name
of the company. Then the bottom of the first page or the top of the second page, you would
have your professional experience and you would have the name of the company, the city,
state, and the date, maybe the title; the name of the company, the city, state, date,
maybe the title; the name of the company, city, state, and maybe the title. So the first
page of the functional resume talks about the work itself. The functional resume is
different from chronological, because the second page just list the places you’ve worked,
then you could have your education at the bottom. You can have other skills, computer
skills, technical skills. And that’s the basic components of how to develop a functional
resume.

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