Example of a Functional Resume

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A functional resume focuses on the skills and experiences that make someone a strong candidate for a position. Unlike other resumes, the functional resume does not necessarily display work history chronologically.

Instead, it focuses on the skills you have developed that fit the requirements of the job for which you are applying. These kinds of resumes are ideal for people who are switching careers, are new to the field, or have gaps in their employment histories.

See below for an example of a functional resume.

Functional Resume Example

John A. Doe
4120 Chevy Trail
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48111-9626
(111) 555-111


Experienced and versatile professional with strong systems planning, people, and research skills, coupled with a desire to contribute to meeting the organization's goals, and with the ability to:

  • Direct transportation planning & programs
  • Manage programs and people
  • Anticipate & project for organizational change
  • Design & develop cost saving systems
  • Administer office operations


Government guidelines ~ Environmental impact mitigation research
Urban planning ~ Geology/hydrology ~ Site evaluations
Computer software tools ~ Scientific/business/grant writing ~ Quality control


Administering - Lead coordinator for the daily processing of thousands of checks for payment and the mailing of confidential reports, meeting strict deadlines, and avoiding late fees.

Problem Solving - Designed a waste management program involving Recycle Ann Arbor and a major book company, intended for the efficient handling of tons of paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass, achieving net savings of $20,000 per building annually and reducing company disposal obligations.

Managing - Oversaw operations of an expanding research lab, providing expertise, commitment, and quality control during a time of significant transition.

Organizing - Consolidated community awareness information into an effective and easy-to-use pocket guide for Bicycling in Ann Arbor, distributing them throughout the area to promote bicycle safety and ridership.

Calculating - Verified the accuracy of office processes and expenses, eliminating overbilling and cultivating an attitude of quality control among staff.

Creating - Make transportation program literature, maps, and correspondences to politicians and agencies, employing innate abilities and formal training, resulting in program recognition and increased use.


Shepherd's Watch
Design and Research Consultant: Design, lay out, and assist in marketing sundials and assorted wearable and garden timepiece for a specialty company.

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals: Collaborate with other alternative transportation people to better develop pedestrian and bicycle-friendly communities.

Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition: Advocate bicycle and pedestrian use, rights and responsibilities.

Ann Arbor Bicycle Coordinating Committee: Guide bicycle program, road projects, parking, and facilities to include and encourage bicycle and alternative transportation.

City of Ann Arbor
Research Assistant I: Managed a large and growing science lab
including legal compliance, as well as database and administrative duties.


Bachelor of Science, 19XX
Major: Biology - Ecosystem/Environmental
Business and Fine Arts Concentrations

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