What is a Functional CV format?
A Functional CV is a skills-based CV format. These formats can be useful if you’re looking for a career change. This is because they focus on your transferable skills and experience, rather than job titles, companies, and how long ago you got the experience.
In a Functional CV you promote your skills and achievements in three to six ‘functional headings’. For example, if you’re applying for work in a retail role then headings could include ‘customer service’ and ‘sales’ – both key skills for any retail role.
What should I include and what should I leave out?
Under each subheading you include more details about your relevant skills and experience. You might have got this experience from paid work, voluntary work or education. Any experience that you feel isn’t relevant can be left out.
What are pros and cons?
You might consider using a Functional CV if:
- you want to change to a broad, new area of work, and show your relevant transferable skills and experience
- you’ve got gaps in your employment history
- you’ve had a lot of jobs and you want to describe the experience you’ve got as a whole
- you want to highlight skills you’ve gained in previous jobs but that you don’t use in your current or most recent job
Drawbacks with Functional CVs can include:
- it’s one of the more unusual formats – some employers might not be familiar with it
- if you’ve worked for well-known employers or you’ve had a lot of promotions they will be on the second page, so not as noticeable
- setting alarm bells ringing for employers – some may feel a skills-based CV format is an attempt to hide something (such as gaps in your work history)
Example Functional CV
This style of CV moves the focus away from individual job roles. It highlights transferable skills, which are explained under headings. This makes it clear to potential employers what Amanda could bring to a job
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Considerable experience in the education sector both as an English teacher and Head of Department. A proven record of supporting, coaching and training staff and students to achieve goals. An effective communicator with good project management and analytical skills.
Leading, Coaching and Mentoring
- Leadership qualities and the ability to manage challenging behaviour effectively
- Mentoring various members of staff through Initial Teacher Training and their first line management posts; coaching, developing and supporting staff with personal issues and work problems.
- Providing ongoing pastoral care to students
- Decision making regarding teaching methods, design of the school curriculum, departmental budgets and staff recruitment.
(This section can be used to highlight experience from recent but also past jobs that may not be as prominent on a Performance CV.)
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate
subject material to students of mixed abilities and backgrounds
- Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with fellow professionals and
- Designed and implemented a new school intranet site
- Initiated pilot project with local Connexions Service, providing help and support
with careers guidance and work experience placements for students
- Organising and supervising after-school activities including educational visits,
sporting events and school productions.
(Amanda can change the section headings for each job, selecting the most appropriate.)
2015 – 2019 Trent Secondary School Head of Department / English Teacher
2014 – 2016 City of Nottingham Secondary School English Teacher
2018 – 2021 Stonecrest Upper School English Teacher
- Coaching in the Workplace Certificate
- Various line management training including: setting objectives and conducting appraisals; team leadership; motivating staff; recruitment and selection; and assertiveness at work
- Sector-related learning and development – equality and diversity; child protection
- First aid qualifications
- Various IT training courses including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and email.
- Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree (2:1) University of Warwick (2000)
- 3 A Levels – English Language (B), English Literature (B), French (B)
- 8 GCSEs Grade A to C.
Full, clean driving licence
Language skills – fluent in French, conversational Spanish
- Sports – taking part in a range of sports and outdoor pursuits including canoeing,
rock climbing and diving
- Fundraising co-ordinator for local children’s charity
Available on request
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