Functional format is best for those who are switching their career or have large employment gaps on their resume. In this format, you dont have to list the joining or resigning dates of the previous employments. Functional format will hide your employment gaps or your job switching.
The template of the resume which is actually the outline or the structure of the resume decides the positioning of every element of the resume. If this positioning is clear and clean with an equal weightage given to every element it appears that there is a flow in the format and so the resume appears attractive. Such a resume neither looks like a piece of art which shows that you were keen about the outline of the resume rather than the content nor does it appear as an essay.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.
Make your resume original Make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. Dont be afraid of trying something different or breaking from the mold. Sometimes a little creativity can garner enough attention to get your resume read which can make all the difference. Dont overdo it though. Being wacky or silly may be a part of your personality but usually is not a desirable quality in the work place. Photos are usually a bad idea as well. Be creative but keep it simple to avoid drawing attention away from what is really important.
An attractive resume template/outline makes it more powerful. Just as dressing smartly helps a candidate in an interview good formatting does the same for a resume. Looks do matter at all places in the real world and on paper. When you present yourself well you get noticed. Similarly when you present a good resume it will be noticed; otherwise it would be very easily find a bin to rest in.