Functional Resume

Functional resume is ideal if you have little experience. If you lack enough employment history to even fill out a traditional resume, then a functional style would be best suited for you. For instance, recent grads who are new to the work force would be better off grouping the skills they garnered from relevant volunteer experience, internships, and other extracurricular activities.

Functional resume is ideal for a designer. Potential emplyoees will be able to quickly see if you have the skills and expereince they are seeking.

Note. Your portfolio is most important when seeking employment. Resumes are required by law for publicly held companies and government agencies.

1. Brainstorm. Write down skills and accomplishments. Don't worry at this stage which ones are relevant. You can sort and edit later. Don't forget anything that might help, including:
◦ Volunteer experience.
◦ Experience working in another country, industry, or job function.
◦ Education, academic background, and on-the-job training.
◦ Skills, especially computers and language skills.
◦ Clubs and community affiliations.
◦ Hobby, craft, and do-it-yourself know-how.

2. Organize. What is the very best, most relevant selling point on your resume? Are you a computer whiz? Do you have an impressive degree? Do you have years of experience doing something related to the jobs you want? Give your strongest asset top billing. You might also subdivide your experience into groups; for instance general people skills and more concrete accomplishments.
3. Arrange the resume by category, not by time. Rather than a section for each job, have a section for each sort of experience or skill you can offer. Computer skills, education, and experience are the obvious divisions.
◦ When listing experience, begin each line with an active verb. It adds punch to the writing and gives the list a consistent tone and structure.
◦ If you can, focus on problems you've solved and specific results you've achieved. Did you save somebody money? Did you accomplish something more than your job description?
◦ The usual rules of resume writing still apply, only the result is shaped differently.

4. Add a brief summary at the beginning. This is not the well-worn "Objective" bit about obtaining a full-time job. Instead, it is the best condensed version of your offerings you can write. Ideally, a busy recruiter or hiring manager should be able to tell whether it's worth reading more of your resume within about 20-40 seconds.

• Have somebody else read your resume carefully. A second pair of eyes can see you as others see you and can help to spot any errors you have missed.
• If you have a lot of items to list, consider making a master resume and paring it down according to each job you apply for.
• Read job descriptions in your chosen field, especially any where you choose to apply, and match your resume to them.
• Be prepared to discuss your employment history in an interview even if (or perhaps specifically because) you deemphasized it. Resumes are for getting your foot in the door. Once you're there and have somebody's attention, you should be able to address a potential employer's possible concerns.
• Put your best foot forward. Decide what is your strongest selling point, whether it is your education, your computer skills, or certain experience.
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