How to write a great functional CV

If you're changing career, consider putting skills ahead of experience to get noticed.

by Adam Gale
Image credit: Yoel ben Avraham/Flickr
Image credit: Yoel ben Avraham/Flickr

The days when you could plonk a couple of dates and job titles on a piece of paper and call it a CV are well and truly over. In the digital world, an attractive job advert could draw hundreds of applications in a matter of hours, which means yours has to stand out.

Functional or skills-based CVs are becoming increasingly popular as a way of getting noticed. The gist is simple. Instead of being a chronological account of your career to date, the functional CV goes straight into the action by saying what you’re good at – and therefore why the employer should hire you.

When should I use a functional CV?

It’s a bold approach, but designing your applications this way is not a decision to be taken lightly.

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