The functional CV uses the target job’s key skills as section headings.
- Gaps in employment are less obvious.
- No continual repetition of skills.
- Skills, capabilities, and accomplishments are emphasised and prioritised according to importance rather than chronology.
- Highly relevant skills are brought forward to the important top third of the document.
- This is not the traditional format and the reader could suspect that you have something to hide, such as gaps in employment or a history of job hopping.
- Does not emphasise career development and promotions.
- It is not easy to see what you did when.
Use it to …
- Highlight your skills and achievements, including those from past experience.
- Draw attention to skills and achievements gained outside of employment.
- Avoid repeating skills and responsibilities.