The pursuit of making the perfect resume is a never-ending one. It is one of those topics that will never be short on supply and demand.
You may already know that there are four standard types of resume:
Choosing which of these styles to follow is the first crucial decision you have to make. You need to be able to set an effective tone to make your resume work for you. If you have opted to write a functional one, then the samples in this article should be of help to you.
To start you off, get an idea of basic elements with this Sample Resume.
With the functional approach, you are putting the focus on your abilities. These are the skills that you have to offer like Project Leadership, Sales and Marketing, or Systems Organization. It then expounds on these skills and what you have specifically done to acquire them.
Include for your functional resume a summary. This should immediately be found right after your name and contact details. Considered part and parcel to the functional resume, this is something sort of your introduction. For example, in these Sample Resumes in Word.
This summary, which should start off your resume, is a preliminary presentation of your skills and abilities to your potential employers.
The spotlight of your functional resume should be less on your work history and more toward your skills and abilities. These are your qualifications. Expound and shed light on each one.
Keyword: less. Be careful not to mistake it as a go signal to completely neglect a section on your work history. Potential employers would still want to see this.
Why would you want to draw less attention on your work history?
In this instance, it certainly helps to focus on the skills and abilities you have accumulated from your work history rather than on your work history alone. Although the prior job you had may be far off from the job you are applying to, the skills that it may have harnessed for you could still find relevance and applicability.
If you have been pursuing careers that may contrast one and the other, or if you have had say years’ worth of breaks in between, then definitely opt to go functional. Having such a lack of cohesion to your work history runs the risk of being unattractive to your potential employers. Choosing to detail your skills and abilities instead would help to address this.
Find samples of functional resumes written for various jobs on this post. For more specific samples toward a specific job, see Sample Resumes For Customer Service.
Although you are being quite narrative when writing a functional resume, do not compromise on organization. Try to still list your skills and abilities in an orderly, sensible manner. Do not go for a scatterbrained approach of listing according to whatever comes to mind. Go for the most compelling ones to start you off.
To guide you further, here is a post on Best Sample Resumes / CV.