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Functional Resumes

Functional resumes group work experience and skills by skill area or job function. Use functional resumes to point out your skills over your specific employment history.

You can showcase the work experience that is most important to your career objective. The functional resume can be used to minimize employment gaps. It highlights more relevant skills instead of position titles.

This type of resume may work best for first-time job seekers, those reentering the workforce after a long break from employment, or those changing careers.



  • Provides a flexible approach
  • De-emphasizes lack of experience in a field
  • Minimizes possible age discrimination


  • Employers may expect the chronological format

See Example

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