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Functional Resume Format


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The Resume
                                                                                              “If you don’t know where you’re going,
                                                                                             you might end up where you’re headed.”
                                                                                                     —Dr. Rod Gilbert, professional trainer

Your resume is an important                • You can demonstrate measurable               requirements.
marketing tool. It is essentially an         results from their work activities -       • End with a brief work history
advertisement of your qualifications         for example, “Marketed departmen             listing job titles, company names
and abilities. Its purpose is not to get     tal events, resulting in 50% increase        and years employed.
you a job, but to get you an interview       in attendance.”
for a job. It should entice prospective    • You’ve held impressive job titles,
employers to want to meet you by             and/or have worked for big-name            The combination resume
highlighting what you can do for             employers.                                 utilizes the best
them with your experience,                                                              components of the
education, and skills.                     This format is excellent for people          functional and
                                           with steady work histories or                chronological styles.
Because employers may receive              previous jobs that relate closely to         More recently, the combination
hundreds, even thousands, of               their career objective. It is not the best                                                                   Layout and Format Tips
                                                                                        resume has included
resumes a week, it is important that       format for career changers, people           accomplishments under each
yours be visually appealing and brief      with inconsistent work histories, or                                                                • Indent and use bullets to break up
                                                                                        position or function, rather than
but informative. Keep it as short as       new entrants to the work force.                                                                        paragraphs.
                                                                                        simply outlining duties and
possible. One page is best but never       To create a chronological resume, list                                                              • Use white space to make the page
                                                                                        responsibilities. This style allows for
more than two. One page of well-           each position you have held, starting                                                                 visually appealing.
                                                                                        flexibility in designing a resume.
organized, relevant information will       with the most recent and working                                                                    • Use bold type to bring attention to
say more about you than several            backward.                                                                                             important information, but don’t
pages of unnecessary details.                                                           With many variations, a common one                       overuse it.
                                           • Give the job title, name of the            is to begin with a chronological                       • Use one easy-to-read font.
Typical resumes get 20–30 seconds of         company, and number of years you           format, but then subdivide each job
attention the first time through, so         worked there.                              description into skill categories.                    You decide which style resume will
make it easy for the readers to find       • Relate the duties and                      Another variation uses the functional                 work best for you. Take some time to
what they are looking for (see Layout        accomplishments of each job using          format, but lists where you were                      look at the exampleshere then pick
& Format Tips box).                          action statements, not sentences.          employed after each example of a                      the one that will best present what
                                           • Be specific, but not too detailed.         skill.                                                you have to offer.
Format                                     • Three to five statements per job is                                                              Adapted from: Nebraska Careers and Education 2002,
Three Kinds To Choose From                   usually sufficient.                        Consider this style when:                             Nebraska DOL and University of Minnesoata Resume
Your first decision will be to choose      • Describe jobs relevant to the                                                                    Tutor <
an appropriate resume format. There          position you are applying for more         • Each position you held involved a
are three formats for resumes: chrono-       thoroughly than others.                      different job description.                              Brought to you by:

logical, functional, and combination.                                                   • You have held internships or

Deciding what format to use is an                                                         volunteer positions that directly
important give this some     This style resume became popular in            relate to field of interest.
                                           the 1970’s and 1980’s but is still                                                                     New Hampshire Career Resource Network
thought. Choose the one that shows                                                                                                                New Hampshire Employment Security
your experience to its best advantage.     viewed skeptically by some                                                                             Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau
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                                           employers. The functional resume
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employers are accustomed to seeing.        selecting a functional resume format.                      To obtain a
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