In this functional resume sample for a position in construction/general labor, the job seeker sets the stage to either use the resume to get more clients for his own business, or find a new job with a company or construction firm. Let’s find out what makes this resume ‘tick’!
About this Resume Sample
Willard (not his real name) has been self-employed for the past couple of years. Business has slowed down, so he is thinking about using this resume to attract new clients, or to show possible employers. How does he achieve this goal?
- Instead of using an Objective, he uses a title at the top of his resume to announce to the reader what he can offer to either a client or a hiring person.
- His Summary section tells the reader of Willard’s knack for working well on his own or with a team.
- He uses the functional format so as to have the greatest amount of flexibility while not being tied to any certain dates and places.
- He has listed four skill headings in his Experience section as a way to clearly describe his skills and talents in the type of work he likes the most and wants to continue to do.
- He has also chosen the order of the skill headings based on what he wants to do most, as well as what he thinks the reader will want to know about first, second, third, and fourth. If he later finds a certain job target that needs someone more adept at painting, for instance, he can simply change the order of these sections so that Painting comes first. This is also the beauty of using the functional, skills-based resume format!
- Each statement begins with an action verb to make his resume more vibrant and clear. The reader can then see Willard doing these same things in his next job!
What more do you see that adds strength to Willard’s resume?
Resume for a Job in Construction/General Labor
More Resume Help
The Damn Good Resume Guide, Fifth Edition has lots more resume samples in the chronological, functional, and combination resume formats. The book starts with a set of 10 steps for writing a great resume, including when to use a functional resume format and when to steer towards one of the other two more common formats. Sometimes job seekers think they need a functional resume because they have work history problems. Co-authors Yana Parker and Beth Brown explain how these same problems can be solved just as well with the chronological or combination resume formats.
If you’re in a bookstore or library, pick up a copy. Or check it out online!