The goal of a functional resume is to highlight the skills, qualifications and experience which may be required for a particular position. It is not necessary to present your work experience in chronological order for this style of resume. It is important to emphasize the skills which match the position you’re applying for, so you need to adjust the resume to fit the application. This approach is ideal if you’re changing careers, or if you have awkward gaps in your work history.
An example of a functional resume is shown below.
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COMPUTER GRAPHICS/WEB DESIGNER
Highly skilled and self-motivated with over 10 years’ industrial experience in computer graphical web design. Strong networking ability and problem solving, can work autonomously in challenging environments under tight timelines from project inception to completion.
- Broad and detailed knowledge of graphic design principles, creating eye-catching documentation with innovative layout
- Excellent computer literacy with design associated programs including Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXpress
- Experienced in project work involving high-impact graphic layouts with multifunctional industrial applications
- Strong interpersonal communication skills with the ability to adapt and learn new technologies
- Innate creative talent which stands out in a crowd
BSc.(Hons) Computer Graphics Technology
1992 – 1995
Kingston University, London
Television graphics designer and VFX supervisor, Channel 4
1996 – Present
ITV studios, LONDON
Designed post-production graphics using digital vision, rotoscoping and motion artwork techniques. Involved with media sales and presenting marketing promotions to business clients at Sky TV. Tested new software for use with different interfaces, resolving teething problems prior to commercial application