Here’s a great functional resume sample for a position with a computer manufacturer. This job seeker isn’t too particular about what the job title might be — he just knows that the tech field is where he wants to be! At the top of his resume, he lists his short-term goal and his long-term goal. Let’s see how his resume helps him achieve both!
About this Resume Sample
Stephen (not his real name) is a recent high school graduate who doesn’t have a lot of paid work experience in his field of interest. He knows he will most likely have to start in an entry-level job, and work his way “up the ladder.” What does his resume do that will help him achieve his goals?
- He uses the Arial font for his resume. This is one of the most common fonts used in the tech world. Even without saying a thing, Stephen presents himself as someone who knows the industry and will fit right in!
- Stephen lists two Objectives at the top of his resume – one for his current goal of working for a computer manufacturer, and one for his future goal of working in the advertising, sales or marketing of computer products. This tells the reader that Stephen has a plan for his career, and that it is all within the high tech field.
- Since he does not have any real work experience in his chosen career, Stephen’s Summary gives the reader a sense of his skills, traits, and passion. He also calls the next section Relevant Skills & Experience, rather than Professional Experience, since he includes unpaid work and classes he has taken.
- Stephen presents his experience under two skill headings: Maintenance and Office Support. Under each heading, he describes the work he has done and the courses he has taken that show his talents for learning new tools and for doing both technical and office work. Stephen is willing to start in any role to get a “foot in the door” to his career goal.
- Stephen uses Work History as his next section heading, rather than Employment History. Work is work, whether it is paid or not! In this section, Stephen provides his full-time job as a Stock Clerk and Cashier, his summer job at the local country club, and short-term jobs he has done. This tells the reader that, even though he is young, Stephen is a motivated worker who will be an asset to any workplace.
- The Education section is very brief, and lets us know that Stephen is a recent high school graduate, ready to start his career!
Take a look at Stephen’s resume!
Resume Sample for a Job in Computer Manufacturing
More Resume Help
To get more good advice on how to write a chronological resume (or one of the other two types of resumes: functional and combination), read The Damn Good Resume Guide (Ten-Speed Press) by Yana Parker and Beth Brown. This book holds everything you need to know to write a great resume.