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Writing a Functional Skills-based Résumé

Functional résumés are also called skills-based résumés. Functional résumés are helpful for people who want to
change fields. They also work well for those who may have academic or technical training but little or no work history. Functional résumés work well for people who have had many different jobs in their work history.

The best way to get started is to do an inventory of skills that you have learned or used at other jobs or in school. On a sheet of paper, organize your work history by filling out the following information on each job. Start with your most recent job and work backwards.

Job Title:__________________________________________________
Dates of Employment:_______________________________________
Major Duties:______________________________________________
Teamwork:_ _______________________________________________
Customer Service:__________________________________________
Using Technology:__________________________________________
Communication Skills:_______________________________________
Supervisory/Managing Responsibilities:__________________________
Training Others:____________________________________________
Learning on the Job:________________________________________
Other Skills:_______________________________________________

Once you have identified your skills, select the ones that best apply to the job you want and organize those on your résumé.

Need help naming your skills? The CareerCenter has put together a list of action words that can be used to help describe your skills. These words can help you improve your skills statements in your résumé or on interviews.