The advantages of a functional resume

Unsure about which format to use? Try writing your resume in both formats, show your functional resume to your friends and ask them their opinion.

 The disadvantages of a functional resume

The samples below are best viewed in MS Word 2007, although they can still be edited in MS Word 2003. They are ideal for job seekers who want to create their own functional resume. Simply download them, enter your own details in the spaces provided and delete the sections you don’t need.

A two page skills based CV layout (functional design).

One page skills focused resume.

One page functional CV focusing on abilities rather than work history.

Two page functional CV sample.


Stages to include in a functional resume

Tips when writing a functional resume

If you are unsure what your functional resume should look like, you can always do a search online to look at function resume examples to get a rough idea on how to format it.


Most resumes include a chronological list of your professional accomplishments. In some cases, though, you may be better off emphasizing skills and accomplishments in order of importance, rather than in order of occurrence. A functional resume does just that.They were happy to oblige TheLadders with details on why this type of resume bothers them. Read on for this behind-the-scenes look at what employers think of functional resumes, along with their suggested alternatives for how to handle a bumpy career road.There's one problem with this approach: Employers detest it. For the most part, when they see a functional resume, they assume the job seeker's got something to hide. Some of the things you hear them say about functional resumes: "A lot of buzzwords and fluff." "Utterly unsuitable for my purposes." "A total waste."Experience is his teacher in this regard: Hurwitz said every time he's received a functional resume and then decided contact the candidate, they've refused to send a chronological listing of positions. "They are hiding something," he said. "So, in a way, a functional resume is very good; it tells the recipient that the candidate should not be considered."