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330-672-2360

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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Monday - Friday
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & 2 - 4 p.m.

 

 

Functional Resume Format

When to use a Functional Resume

A functional resume illustrates work experiences and abilities by major skill area in order to highlight strengths rather than focus on specific jobs or dates of employment.

A functional resume is beneficial when:
  • Your work record does not justify a chronological resume
  • Much of your work has been volunteer, free-lance, consulting, or temporary
  • You have a variety of different, relatively disconnected work experiences
  • Your career growth has been stagnant or you've had an extended absence from the workplace
  • You are in the process of a career change
  • You need to emphasize skills not used in recent work experience
A functional resume is NOT beneficial when:
  • You can demonstrate career growth
  • Listing specific employers is important, as in highly traditional fields
  • Recent employers are highly prestigious

Setting up the Functional Resume

  • Contact Information: 

- Name, address, phone

  • Career Objective - Must be clear and concise OR

    Functional Summary -  Summarize experience and skills in a few sentences

  • Functional Headings:

    - Four or five separate paragraphs
    - List in order of importance relative to objective
    - Stress your most significant abilities, skill, and accomplishments 
    - Use past-tense, action-oriented verbs

  • Employment History:

- Brief synopsis of actual work experience including employers, titles, and dates
- If no or spotty work experience, leave this section out, but be ready to discuss it in the interview

  • Education:

- If date of last attendance is three years or less, move this section to after the Contact Information
- If more than three years, or unrelated field, include education after work experience
- Indicate degree received, date, institution
- Grade point average can be included if it is above a 3.0

  • References:

    - Use Chronological Resume format guidelines