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Functional CVs

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A functional CV highlights major areas of accomplishment and strength, and allows you to organise these in an order that best supports your work objectives and job targets.

  • Use four or five separate paragraphs of sections, each one headlining a particular area of expertise or involvement. List functions, in order of importance, for example, design, research, supervision with the area most closely related to your job target at the top and described in slightly more detail.

  • Within each functional area stress your accomplishments, results or abilities most directly related to your job target.

  • Know that you can include any relevant accomplishment without necessarily identifying the employment or non-employment situation in which it took place.

  • If you have completed a relevant course or received a degree within the past five years, it should go at the top of the CV. Otherwise, education should be listed at the bottom.

  • Provide a summary of your work experience at the bottom, giving dates, employer and job title. If you have had no work experience, or a very patchy work record, leave out the employment summary (but be prepared to talk about it at the interview, so that you can show that you do have skills to offer).

  • Keep the length of your CV to a maximum of two pages.

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