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Definition:The functional resume rearranges employment history into sections that highlight areas of skill and accomplishment.
Employer Rating:Some employers dislike functional resumes IF they find it difficult to match up skills with actual job titles, level of responsibility and dates of experience.You can, and SHOULD, avoid or minimize this objection by including the company name in the "bullet" describing each accomplishment.
Works Best For:The functional resume might be thought of as a "problem solving" format. The functional resume gives you latitude to "make sense" of your work history and match up skills and accomplishments that might not be obvious to the employer in a traditional chronological format. If any of the descriptions below apply to you, you may want to investigate the functional format:
Recommended Books on Functional Resumes:
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume. Susan Ireland.
Resume Catalog: 200 Damn Good Examples. Yana Parker.
The Overnight Resume. Donald Asher.
Best Resumes for Scientists and Engineers. Adele Lewis.
Blue Collar & Beyond: Resumes for Skilled Trades & Services. Yana Parker.
Does Your Resume Wear Combat Boots? William Fitzpatrick.