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Functional Resumes

When designing your resume, you'll want to spend some time deciding on the format which presents your background most favorably. Functional resumes visually emphasize the positions you've held. These resumes arrange work experience, and sometimes campus or community activities, in descending order of importance based on your professional objective.

In general, functional resumes organize work experience according to position titles or functions (i.e.systems analyst, special events coordinator, probation officer). Each function is then described using action statements detailing responsibilities held, duties performed, and results achieved.

If you're thinking about using a functional resume, consider the following:

Sample Functional Resumes

Although the following sample resumes are for specific jobs and reflect specific experience, consider looking at them all for a wider range of ideas and strategies.

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