8 steps to building a killer functional resume

  • Tim Neary | August 13, 2019
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Functional resumes work well for less-mainstream candidates. If that’s you, check out these 8 steps to building a killer functional resume that will grab attention and help you land the job.

In an earlier post I wrote about functional resumes, and how they work well for less-mainstream candidates. If that’s you, check out these 8 steps to building a killer functional resume that will grab attention and help you land the job.

1. Start at the end 

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Write a summary and put it at the beginning. In it highlight the skills relevant to the job you’re applying for. This way you create a powerful first impression. Also, include your career ambitions. 

2. Theme it 

Arrange it according to appropriate themes. These could be skills or qualifications like selling, book keeping, lending or admin experience. Employers can then quickly see your suitability, regardless of your actual work history. 

3. Use keywords

Use keywords from the job description as sub headings. This will give the resume structure and order, and help your future employer to map your suitability correctly.  

4. Flesh it out 

Include all projects you have worked on, either personal or professional, where they relate to the job. They show you are competent in taking on and completing tasks.

5. History  

Even if it’s patchy, include your employment history. Put it towards the end, so the hirer will go through your skills and experience first. Lay it out according to your previous places of work and how you contributed there. 

6. Education

Include your qualifications when and where they’re relevant. The more you believe they will position you as a strong candidate the earlier you should introduce them to the resume. Include details like the institution, scope of study, achievements and qualification received.

7. Cover letter

Write a strong cover letter. Expand on your skills, qualifications and experience to demonstrate that you are a worthy candidate. 

8. Contact information

Don’t forget to include your best contact details so that it is easy for the employer to get hold of you if they want to have a follow up interview. Include your name, email address and phone number. 

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