The functional resume highlights skills and accomplishments and de-emphasizes specific job titles, organizations, and dates of employment. Rarely used by college students, functional resumes are appropriate if you have held a number of unrelated jobs, the position sought is outside the academic field, or there are significant gaps in your work history. Carefully examine previous duties and activities, without regard to job or setting. Then create specific skill areas such as writing, research, communication, leadership, etc., which target the career objective.
A good resume should also focus on providing your potential employer with information that is relevant to the job and your career goals. Stress skills and accomplishments that are transferrable to your new job, especially if you’re making a significant career change. Your skills and accomplishments should be as specific as possible, and the accomplishments you list should be immediately quantifiable. Did you help the previous company you worked under increase its profits? If so, by how much? Did you handle a certain number of deals?