Functional Resume Format
Two things that employers look for when they first look at a resume are whether they have the skills and experience needed to be successful in the position they occupy and how long they have been in yours previous positions have remained. What do you do now if you have little or no work experience? What if you have a big time gap between two jobs? Better yet, what if your last two positions lasted only for a short time? All these things are a red flag for potential employers. You have to send your CV, but you do not want to quit the competition. The CV format you should use is called a functional CV.
A functional resume is great for people who have no experience in the field they want to pursue, or who have significant gaps in their work history. This curriculum vitae focuses on your skills and education, not your work history and experience. The functional CV consists of six core components. Contact information, objective, qualifications, professional skills, employment history and education.
The very first component and also an important part of a CV is the contact information. You want to list your full name (first, last) very clearly. You can use your middle name, but this is not required. Do not use nicknames. I’ve seen that on CVs and it hurts you. I will not call you “Sparky” during the interview. You also want to list your contact telephone number. Your voicemail message should be professional. No kids or songs in your voicemail message. Enter your current postal address and finally your e-mail address. With your email you have one that is professional and not personal. What a good email would be is john-smith1876 @ whatever your email service is. Not sugarbunnyOU812 @.
The use of goals or career statements in your resume is controversial. Many recruiters and employers have different opinions as to whether they are helpful or hurtful in your resume. I’m usually not a fan of goals or career statements in a CV, but make an exception to functional CVs. Resume goals serve as a brief statement to the prospective employer about what you are bringing to the business. Basically, it is a lift parking. The reason why an objective in my opinion is important for a working CV is that you do not have the experience that matters most to the prospective employer, why you are right for the job. For this reason, you first use a functional CV. It is helpful to give a brief summary at the beginning.
The next component in your resume is your qualifications. Here you will find very broad examples of qualifications that suit you to the position you are seeking to fill. You only want to list four or five qualifications. Of course you want to make these qualifications specific to you, but here are some examples: “strong administrative experience”, “exceptional management background”, “hard working and dedicated professional”.
After completing your qualification, you will want to list your specific professional skills that are appropriate for the position. Now give hands-on examples of how you’ve used your qualifications in the past. Rather than just saying “strong customer service skills,” you’ll now be able to expand it to “interact daily with customers to ensure club membership satisfaction and retain them as customers.”
Now that you have demonstrated your qualifications and practical examples of how you applied your skills, you present your work experience. Keep in mind that you are using a functional resume format because you either have a weak work experience or you have no direct experience in the industry you are applying for. The theory is that they’ve seen all your skills before and were impressed before they saw your work history. They will still invite you to the job interview. Keep it short and sweet in the History section. List the position (s) you held, the company you worked for, the location and time frame in which you worked.
Finally, you will list your education. Nobody cares about high school or if you have a GED. Today, it is assumed that you have completed high school. If that’s the only education you have, I’d encourage you to skip the education section. If you have a higher education or special education, I would definitely list. Here list in the participation, the learning institution and the degree earned.
Using a functional resume format is ideal for people who are looking for a job, but who either want to change industry or have significant gaps or questions about their work history. Using this curriculum vitae highlights your skills, not the industries you worked in, or the chronology.