How to Write the Perfect Resume: Functional

BUILD YOUR RESUME

The goal of a skills-based resume is to sell you as the ideal person for any job. If your work experience is minimal or you are a recent grad with no work experience, a skills-based perfect resume may be the best way to get the job.

A skills-based resume focuses more on the skills you have that are relevant to the job you want to get. Your employment information is still included, but closer to the bottom of the document. This allows you to highlight skills and experiences from all aspects of your life to give a more complete snapshot of your abilities. The following ten steps can help you create the perfect resume.

1. Pick the Appropriate Skills



Decide which job you want to get, and choose three or four skills sets that fit the job description. These skills should be things you can back up with experiences and specific accomplishments you’ve had in the work force.

2. Create Bullets



Put together a draft of bulleted statements that include experience from each skill area you want to show mastery in. Don’t put the focus on the companies you worked for, but rather on the results you produced.

3. Shorten Your Work History



At the bottom of the page after the skills section, give a brief work history section that includes internships or volunteer positions.

4. Include the Extras



Add sections that you feel will creatively highlight your experiences and show professional value. These may include specific projects, articles you’ve published or community involvement.

5. Remember Basic Resume Rules


Try to keep the document to one page, use concise, specific language and always use a professional, simple font.

6. Start Your Draft



It’s beneficial at times to change up the format of your resume if you want something more skills-based than employment based. Create a basic draft of your resume first.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Sell Yourself



It’s uncomfortable for some people to brag about their accomplishments, but your resume is the ideal place to do that. Don’t be afraid to share the things you are proud of from your work history.
Typos and misspellings can have you discarded before you’ve even had a chance to sell your skills. Proofread your document until you are confident that there are no mistakes, then have a friend read through it also.

8. Start Proofreading



Typos and misspellings can have you discarded before you’ve even had a chance to sell your skills. Proofread your document until you are confident that there are no mistakes, then have a friend read through it also.

9. Final Read Through



Do a final read through of your document and make sure you use action words and strong sentences to highlight your skills.

10. Submit Your Resume



Submit your resume online and keep a couple of copies handy for the rare occasion when you might want to hand it in personally.

Go the Extra Mile



When it comes to resumes, you can’t go wrong with extra editing and proofreading. Keep your document concise and specific so it is easy for potential employers to pick out your skills and talents quickly and determine that you are right for the job. While the perfect resume isn’t always easy to write when you aren’t focused on your work history, it can be beneficial to have different versions of yours to submit for different jobs. A functional, skills-based resume is ideal for situations when you want your accomplishments and skills to be the focus of your application for the job.

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