How to Construct a Functional Resume

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With today’s economy, more and more people are searching for jobs. After obtaining a job lead, a resume is what lands an interview. When writing a persuasive resume, you construct an advertisement that displays your assets and sells you for a specific job. Strong points in a resume differ from person to person, so you will need to decide which type of resume will suit your needs best. This article will give “how to” steps needed in order to construct a functional resume.

The functional resume focuses attention on an applicant’s skills instead of past employment. This form of resume is also referred to as “skill” resumes. As with other resumes, this form begins with the applicant’s name, residential address, telephone number, and email address (if available).

Begin the resume with an objective for the position that is being applied for. The objective should display your intentions toward the job that you are seeking.

Next, list different skills that you possess that are relevant to the position you are applying for. An example of special skills is management skills. This resume form highlights accomplishments and can deemphasize a negative employment history.

Next, list the education that you have received, beginning with the most present. You may list degrees or certificates in this area. Beside the degree or certificate title, place the name of the school and the years that you attended. Add bullets and list majors in education and a GPA score.

After each education title has been listed, you will list past employment beginning with the most present employer. The employment section is usually brief with this type of resume, because this form points more attention to skills and capabilities.

At the end of this resume, you can list some of your interest, which will tell the employer more about you.


A reference sheet can be included with this resume, or you can list the phrase “references upon request” at the end of the resume.

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