Functional Resume 101
The idea of a functional resume is to show off your skills and abilities, dazzle the employer with your know-how, and then let them down gently with your employment dates at the end. The hope is that they see how valuable you can be as an employee without much regard for your specific work history.
So for people who have had a bit of a checkered work past, this can be a great style of resume.
The left side of the resume is made up of specific skills that are crucial to working in your industry. Think as specific as you can, and avoid using more general types of skills like “communicating”.
If necessary, you can keep the skills in separate groups or put them all under one heading. Think about what makes the most sense for your industry and change it accordingly.
Professional Summary Importance
The professional summary is especially important with a functional resume because it must sum up the many different skills and job roles you may have had. Create a theme with your resume about the type of worker you are that addresses their needs as a company.
You can do this by finding common duties or responsibilities that tie the jobs together. Again, keep in mind what the new company is looking for as well.
Ultimately, the rest of this resume will give you the opportunity to go into more detail about the specifics of why you’re great so use this space at the top as a quick way to gain their interest.