By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert
Here's a sample functional resume you can give to your job seeker with cerebral palsy (CP) when he or she needs a process for identifying key accomplishments to highlight in a resume.
That sample functional resume (one that highlights work results instead of a chronological work history) happens to be my own – one that is based on my personal definition of success.
This article shows how I took my critical first steps in building the framework for my current resume -- a framework I started developing in 1993.
Before building that framework, I recognized, after some soul searching, that I'm “accomplishment motivated.” In other words, I feel successful when I know I’ve completed a task, and that task was done well.
That understanding helped me identify my most important workplace accomplishments and the key success factors within those accomplishments which would likely drive my future achievements.
“Accomplishments” and “key success factors” were the key elements I used in building my resume – my sample functional resume.
I used the following eight steps to examine my work experience, review my accomplishments and identify my key success factors -- an essential, initial exercise before I developed my resume and charted a path to my next career position.
Here's how I used my key success factors to build my resume – a sample functional resume that you can recommend as guide for your job seeker:
I now see, almost 20 years later, that “Gaining Alignment” still works as my two-word statement of my purpose in life. I’ve been out of the business communications field for two decades, but, as someone who is focused on disability employment issues, I’m now helping job seekers align themselves with the needs of employers -- a different venue but same purpose.
Help your new job seeker identify his or her key success factors, workplace skills and personal qualities and convert them into a one-page statement of concrete results wrapped around functional experience.
Your youngster’s key search words for resume databases will pop out of his or her statement of functional experience.
With those key words as
a core, your young job seeker can adapt his or own sample functional resume to
a wide variety of uses in an effective job marketing campaign.
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Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability employment issues.