Functional CV template

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Your CV is essentially a sales tool - the part of your job application that opens the door to an interview.

Choosing the right CV type depends on you and your job search. The most commonly used CV type is the chronological CV.

A chronological CV lists your work experience in reverse order, starting with your most recent job. This is a good option if you have worked in the same industry / type of roles for several years and perhaps have progressed to more senior roles during this time.

If you are changing careers, your work experience is more varied or you have gaps in your employment history, a functional CV might be more appropriate for you. If neither of these feel like the right fit for you, try a combination CV.

How to write a functional CV

A functional (or skills-based) CV focuses on your key skills rather than your employment history. A functional CV typically includes the following:

1. Contact information

Your name, address, phone number and email.

2. Objective or personal profile

This can either be a statement about your employment goals - or an overview of you and what you bring to a job and employer.

It should be 3-4 sentences at the top of page 1 of your CV.

3. Summary of relevant skills

This is where a functional CV differs most from the chronological format.

For a job seeker with experience in hospitality working as wait staff and a restaurant supervisor, this section of their CV might look like the example below:

Customer service

  • Providing excellent service to guests at the restaurant and in the bar
  • Greeting and seating guests, taking orders, delivering food and drinks
  • Answering all guest enquiries in a pleasant and timely manner
  • Making all guests feel special and valued
  • Training staff on all aspects of customer service
  • Leading a team of wait and bar staff to deliver excellent customer service


  • Communicating with each group of guests, seeking feedback on their experience at the restaurant
  • Answering the phone, taking bookings, managing email and online enquiries and bookings
  • As a supervisor, communicating expectations and requirements with all team members

Team work

  • Working as a member of the front of house team
  • Working well with back of house team
  • Being helpful and a team player at all times

Problem solving

  • Handling customer complaints and questions when their food isn’t up to scratch
  • Working with kitchen staff to ensure the customers’ needs are met
  • Offering discounts or free meals when necessary to keep the customer happy.

4. Employment history

The employment history section of a functional CV is much shorter with less detail compared to a chronological CV.

Here’s an example of what this section might look like for the same job seeker with experience in marketing, sales and management:

  • 2016 to present - Restaurant Supervisor, Lone Star Steakhouse Restaurant and bar venue
  • 2012 to 2016 - Waitstaff, Sam’s Seafood Casual restaurant
  • 2010 to 2012 - Greeter, The Italian Oven Restaurant and bar venue

5. Education and qualifications

This is where you list details of your education, qualifications and training courses you have completed.

You should include the name of the course/qualification, the organisation/institution where you studied and the date the course was completed.

If you are still studying, you can include an ‘expected completion date’ or write ‘current’ next to this course.

6. Additional information

This is where you list any extra information you’d like to share with the potential employer.

This could be interests, hobbies, volunteer or community work or anything else that is relevant to your job application that isn’t included elsewhere in your CV. What you include here is up to you.

7. References

Ask people you have worked with at school, in the community or the workplace, if they can vouch for what you are like as a person and as an employee.

A referee does not just have to be your old boss. It could be a co-worker or a customer or client you dealt with regularly.

Make sure you have their permission first.


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