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Functional Resume

A resume style that emphasizes what you've done more than when you did it.

Functional Resume Format

List relevant information in order of importance; briefly list work history and education
last in reverse chronological (most recent first) order.


1.  Heading: How should an employer contact you?

  • Your full name, centered at top of page, bold, 14pt. -16pt. font size (no titles or nicknames)
  • Your address (permanent and/or school), cell phone number
  • Your email address (professional - if its humorous, offbeat or trendy - don’t use it!)
  • Your website (if used to showcase work samples, videos, etc.)

Summary Section: Combine functional information from work experience under relevant categories:

2.  Summary: What are some distinguishing factors about you?  

  • Summarize descriptions of best accomplishments and demonstrated skills using bullets, action verbs,
    key words in succinct (phrase, no periods), quantify (increased sales 30%), qualify (adjectives, adverbs) 

Top rankings, awards, honors, recognized or notable outcomes from your work

Exceptional personal qualities, how you function in work environment

Abilities required in job description, willingness to be trained or take on extra work

Outstanding work ethics, supervisory or management skills, teamwork 

Examples of categories: 2-4 bullets under each category

3.     Communication & Presentation:

4.     Marketing & Promotions:

5.     Teaching & Training:

6.     Community Involvement & Activities:

7.     Work Experience:

  •  Job title (bold)
  • Company/Organization Name, City and State, dates of employment

Full-time employment, professional experience

Part-time, temporary or seasonal employment

Internships, practicum, co-ops, volunteer work

8.     Education: What are your academic qualifications? Where were you trained?

  • University or institution (s) attended, city and state (list each separately)
  • Degree(s) earned and year(s) granted (don’t abbreviate)
  • GPA (if above a 3.0), Dean’s List (if applicable)
  • Minor, Certificates (if applicable)
  • Study Abroad or Travel experience (institutions, countries, dates)
  • Relevant Coursework (significant courses, independent study, capstone, thesis, dissertation)
  • High School, City and State, dates (include only if a college Freshman or Sophomore)