You finally graduated from college and are excited to finally start in your new career. You sit down ready to start your resume and bam, it hits you… you don’t have any related work experience! What do you do?
Well, that’s easy… instead of using a regular resume template, go with a functional resume format and you will save yourself a lot of headaches.
So what is a functional resume format exactly? Well unlike other resume styles, this one will focus more on your skills and abilities and less on your work experience. You will want to emphasize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses in this situation.
There are four main parts to using a functional resume format. I will go through each one and explain a bit of exactly what is required in each one. This will make it a breeze to get your resume in tip top shape.
- You want to make sure you have a kick butt objective. I mean, really take your time on this one because this can easily make or break your chances for success. I have a bunch of objective examples here on the site so make sure to check them out and see what you can gather from them. You want to brag a bit and tell them what you bring to the table and why you are so dang good that they would be crazy not to hire you on the spot.
- This section will focus on your education, the area you are excelling in right now. Mention how well you did and any awards your obtained. You want to sound like you were an awesome student if you want this to help you get into an entry-level position in a big company.
- In a functional resume format you leave out the entire experience and work history sections. This is for skills and abilities. This is where the things you studied in college really do start to pay off. Tell them what you know and what you can do.
- Since you don’t have much of any past employers to vouch for you. This is where you can use your college professors as your references. Make sure you are listing teachers that actually like you or this could backfire.
Now that you know the four main elements of a functional resume you are ready to get started. Now get out there and land that job you have been studying for 4 years to obtain. Now it is time for your degree to start working for you.