When you apply for a job always make sure that your CV sells your skills and experience in the most effective way.  A functional CV format incorporates key skills, achievements and work experience but does not give specific dates.

Why use a functional CV layout?

If you want to change careers and  your current or previous jobs may be of no relevance to any future roles, a functional CV format will allow you to do this.

For example if you have had a number of jobs or a number of jobs in a different field or your work experience has been on a temporary basis, you can highlight skills and strengths rather than specific jobs.

A functional CV layout is also suitable if you are returning to work after a break.  Bear in mind though that if you are applying for a specific job a functional CV format may not be detailed enough.

Click on the link to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages the functional CV layout offers.

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Here is a great sample functional CV that can be used for a Waitress / Bar Assistant / Restaurant Manager role. Remember that your CV / resume should reflect you, your personality and experiences so use this a template for your own CV / resume.

Sample Functional CV

Anna Bodi

40 Any Rd
A11 0AA
Tel: 0208 888888
Mobile: 077 777777
E-mail: abodi@hotmail.com


 Personal Profile:

An excellent organiser who enjoys working within a team environment, but who is also capable of working extremely well on her own with the minimum of supervision. Trustworthy and reliable, her excellent customer service skills and ability to communicate with people at all levels make her an ideal candidate for a supervisory position in a customer facing enterprise.

  • Awarded Employee of the month on 3 occasions.
  • Chosen to represent Snobs Wine Bar at Barperson of the Year
  • Successfully completed London Marathon.

Management Skills:
  • In my role as an Assistant Manager I was in charge of colleagues, motivating them to achieve targets.
  • Organising and conducting induction training sessions for all new employees.
    Employment Summary:

    Snobs Wine Bar, London Senior Bar Assistant 2008 – 2009

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Accepting cash and credit card payments
  • Reconciling bar tills
  • Taking customers’ orders
  • Stocking and ordering of wines
  • Bringing clients drinks and food orders to their tables
  • Soho Cafe, London Assistant Manager 2007

    Roles and responsibilites:

  • Deputising for the Manager in their absence
  • Responsible for training new staff members,
  • Ordering of supplies, stock management,
  • Ensuring customers were satisfied with the service
  • Cashiering duties.
  • La Dolce Vita, London Waitress

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Taking customers’ orders and relaying them to the kitchen
  • Serving customers with their meals and drinks
  • Making sure meals were satisfactory and that bills were paid
  • Kensington Hotel,London Housekeeper 2004 – 2006

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Maintaining rooms to a high standard
  • General cleaning duties
  • Replenishing stock and other associated tasks.
Salvatore’s Events, Italy Events Coordinator 2002 – 2004

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Organizing entertainments for guests and their children
  • Italgas, Italy Promotions Assistant 1999 – 2002

    Roles and responsibilities:

  • Advising customers of the benefits of Italgas’ service, convincing clients to enlist with Italgas
  • Filling in contracts for customers
  • Handing out leaflets in various shopping centres in Naples.
    Baccalaureate (English equivalent BA).
    Maths, History, Geography, Italian, Tourism and Kindergarten teaching.
  • Additional Information:
  • Current Full, clean Driving Licence


I enjoy sports such as athletics, swimming and tennis and regularly use the gym to keep fit. I am a keen reader and enjoy socialising with family and friends.

References are available on request

Build Your Own Online CV

Before you send out your Functional CV/resume, you should make sure you have an effective cover letter.

Your CV / resume represents you so remember how important it is to check for grammar and punctuation.  Sometimes a word transposed or omitted can have a devastating effect.  Just look at some of the worst CV mistakes for examples of bad grammar and punctuation.

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