Writing A Functional Resume

The functional resume provides the logical strategy for integrating the details of your functional design and your dreams and desires into a system for marketing your desired contribution to the world of work. Even if you are marketing yourself toward a j

The functional resume provides the logical strategy for integrating the details of your functional design and your dreams and desires into a system for marketing your desired contribution to the world of work.

Regardless of your current vocational context, developing a well-tuned resume of this type will allow you to see your value and unique potential. It will increase your confidence in representing yourself to present or potential employers, thus giving you a sense of greater personal stewardship and career flexibility. Even if you are planning to launch out on your own as an entrepreneur, creating this sort of resume will help you to set your objective and prove to yourself that you have what it takes to accomplish it.

The first step in creating this sort of self-marketing tool is to decide on a job objective: a simple statement describing the kind of work function you'd like to perform. To do this, of course, you'll be drawing on the dreams and desire you've already identified. What is it that you want to do? A resume without a job objective is like a car without gas. It may look nice, but it'll get you nowhere. If you don't know what you want to do for the company, the company won't have the time or desire to figure it out for you. If you leave off your job objective on purpose in order to be considered for anything that is open, nothing is probably what you'll get.

The second step is to show via your selected accomplishments that you possess the strengths to fulfill the requirements of the job objective you've chosen to make your aim. What patterns of your functioning would you most like to emphasize in light of the job objective? What accomplishments in your past best showcase these?

Be brief, yet detailed. An accomplishment such as "Put together a staff manual for the employees of a conference center," has more punch if you add just a few details - "created and produced a fifty-page staff manual for the 110 employees of a 300-bed conference center."

If you find yourself inclined toward several different job objectives, develop a specially tailored functional resume for each. Of your many accomplishments, list those that highlight the strengths you most enjoy using as specifically related to the job objective at the top of each resume.

Following is an example of functional resume. The person has brought strategic details and expressions of her Functional Design to bear on the chosen job objective.

              

You'll notice that this special layout and approach allows emphasis of strengths and work accomplishments, while drawing lesser attention to educational background. This can be important if you're marketing yourself toward a job objective unrelated to your formal education, which is true in the example.

Even if you are marketing yourself toward a job within a field related to your degree, a functional resume will help your potential employer identify the unique strengths and qualifications you'd bring to the job.

 

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Posted on Feb 10, 2011