Free resume samples: An effective functional resume

At Top Resume Tips we study free resume samples to help jobseekers like yourself learn to use effective techniques in resume writing. Below is an example of a chronological resume of an IT professional. Spend the next 3 minutes reading it and we’ll discuss it shortly. (Names and addresses exist only in the writer’s mind.)

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This is a functional resume which means that it emphasizes the jobseeker’s skills and experience and NOT her work history. The most common, but not necessarily the only reason, that job hunters use a functional resume is to de-emphasize the gaps in their work history.

In her resume, Janet chose to focus on her management and technology skills and the projects that she has completed.

The Good

  • She used action verbs like ‘managed’ and ‘developed’ to describe her accomplishments.

  • Her descriptions demonstrate the results she has achieved. For instance:

    - Managed and set up operational procedures that increased efficiency and productivity.

    Employers would be impressed by such achievements because it displays her abilities to increase revenue and reduce costs for them, which are the ultimate goals of any business.

The Bad
  • Although Janet mentioned her achievements, she should be more specific in her descriptions.

    For instance, she can say that she ‘increased efficiency and productivity by 25%.’

    If her competitor has the similar achievement but is more specific in his descriptions of his achievements, he has an edge over her.

  • In the Employment History section, Janet should leave out the months of her stint at each company. They are irrelevant and by including them, she may raise questions about the gap in her history.

Nevertheless, this free resume sample is a Top Resume with only a few areas that need improvement.

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