Functional Resume

The Functional Resume is best suited for an individual who is a recent graduate or new to the workforce. An individual who has a varied work history with no clear connection between the different positions held would also benefit from using the Functional Resume. It is also well suited for the individual whose job titles do not reflect the level of skills used or for the individual who is making a career change.

The Functional Resume can be thought of as a way to make sense of an individual’s work history by matching skills and accomplishments. It demonstrates the skills and abilities that you have by using past accomplishments in different positions. Headings that should be included in a Functional Resume are as follows:

Professional Profile-Describes professional history in a summarized statement.   If new to the job market, an objective statement describing career goals can be used.

Functions/Career Highlights-Emphasizes specific skills and descriptions of the functions performed that demonstrate those skills. For example, if an individual has Management Skills, this can be conveyed to the employer by stating "Supervised and advised salaried sales representatives, increasing profits by 30%-40%." A typical Functional Resume lists about four functions/career highlights.

 Experience-Lists the names of the companies, the title that the individual held, the dates that the individual held the position, and the location of the company. A Functional Resume does not contain the job descriptions. All positions held should be listed in chronological order.

Education-Lists all educational institutions attended, degrees earned, majors, GPA, awards earned, and activities in which an individual participated.

Example of a Functional Resume

Mary Jones

17 West River Drive

Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone: 908.555.5555



Professional Profile

 Three years of experience in the field of product planning and research. Developed innovative programs to increase product distribution. Familiar with current trends within the industry. Interacts well with a wide variety of people.

 Career Highlights


Supervised graphic designers in the creation of promotional campaigns.

Oversaw the development of product displays at branch locations.

Conducted team meetings and maintained cooperative liaison between

management and staff personnel.


Identified customer interests

Designed attractive displays

Lead promotional campaigns


Designed customer questionnaires

Drafted plan for analysis of data

Prepared and presented final reports

Planning and Control

Organized a holiday toy show in New York City

Designed layout for all new toys by age and area of interest

Implemented daily reports to locate problem areas in a timely manner


1997-1999                        Promotional Manager

                                           Rockland Toys, New York, NY

1996-1997                        Assistant Manager

                                           KB Toy Store, Bridgewater, NJ

 Education                      Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

                                          B.A., Marketing, May 1996

                                          GPA 3.75