This style is best suited for individuals who have very little work experience, those returning to the work force after an absence, those who don’t have a clear cut work history, or people with many gaps in there resume. A functional style resume lists your experience in skill clusters. You will typically include 3 or 4 main areas of focus. For example one cluster may be titled ‘Leadership’ where you would explain in bullets various leadership roles and activities you have conducted. In this style, a summary of experience is offered in lieu of the list of employment and associated dates offered in the former style. When using this style you can expect a few more questions, which you should prepare for.
Before you continue reading, please be aware that I never recommend using a functional resume. Employers do not trust this format because it is missing crucial information that most employers want to see. They often feel you are purposely hiding something when you use a functional style resume.
Functional Style Scannable Resume by gve10368
Finally, a resume can be thought of as an advertisement for someone's professional services. That's why it's critical to place the important information early in the document. This is exactly what happens when homemakers use a functional style resume.
I have a question about the functional style resume. How do you show that you have organizational, communication, etc. skills? Do you actually use these as headings? Or do you include these "words" under other categories? For instance, I have a Ph.D. in history and have taught as a visiting assistant professor and as an adjunct, both of which take organizational and communication skills. I also have a background as an academic advisor and librarian. I am at a loss as to how to conceptualize these experiences. So far I have put together two basic formats. One is the traditional style C.V. and the other is a mix of the C.V. and resume. In the latter one I use many C.V. categories but I have them in different order. Plus, directly after the headings I have bullets listing the skills I acquired from the various positions. I feel that this has more of a C.V. feel than a resume though. Or maybe it is just a hodgepodge! I have been struggling with this for weeks now. I have read the major books (Ivory Tower, etc.) and still do not have a grasp on how to set up a functional resume. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Great discussion topic!!!
-- MJA person looking to step foot in the work force for the first time may choose a the Functional style resume it will allow them to highlight their skills and eagerness to work.