Functional Resume Example with Summary

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functional resume focuses on the skills and experiences (rather than the chronological work history) that make someone a strong candidate for a position. These kinds of resumes are ideal for people who have gaps in their employment histories or are new to a particular industry.

The following is an example of a functional resume for a process management position. This sample includes a resume summary statement, which is a brief explanation of the candidate's qualifications for a position.


After you review this sample, take a look at tips for creating a functional resume of your own, as well as reviewing the many types of resumes available. 

Functional Resume Example

Karol Miner
336 W. Chugalug Way, Sentinel, WY 33666
c: 444-222-4339 e:

Process manager with communication and analytical skills. History of success influencing organizational growth and bottom line profitability.

Research Information and Analyze Options

  • Researched and purchased better heat exchanger that alleviated our heat-loading problem. Saved company 4-6 hours of downtime per 8-hour shift and improved product yield at extruder.
  • Purchased and refurbished used gearbox as spare. Saved 12 days downtime and eliminated risk involved to rebuild critical pieces of equipment. During emergency rebuild we are now down 2 days rather than 2 weeks.

Manage People and Projects

  • Successfully led refurbishment campaign on all 3 extruder gearboxes. Pro-active rebuild of gearboxes puts downtime at 2 days rather than 2 weeks.
  • Reallocated resources during 2-week annual shutdown so that no downtime was encountered and all projects finished on time.

Extrapolate Essential Data

  • Proved that product quality issue was not due to equipment processing parameters. Product design team discovered fault in their print test methods.
  • Evaluated trends of realtime data on AFG grinder. Proactive identification of problem prevented coarse particle contamination. 

    Utilize Subject Matter Expertise to Influence Management Decisions

    • Determined capital project would need to be undertaken proactively to avoid having to use our business resumption plan in the event of failure. Company will save about 1 million dollars.
    • Created viable process for extrusion, during new product development, with no start-up difficulties.

    Effective Communication Throughout the Organization

    • Implemented safety-related information to senior staff, peers, and subordinates.
    • Frequently requested to explain processing issues involving extruder and batching processes.
    • Provided technical information to senior management as well as operational information to the process operators and managers on the floor.

    Senior Process Engineer / Technical Support, 20XX – Present
    Zezee Corporation

    Process Engineer / Technical Support, 20XX – 20XX
    Zezee Corporation

    Technical Professional, 19XX – 20XX
    Halogen Energy Services

    MBA with Financial Emphasis, expected graduation date 20XX
    Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK

    • Courses: Organizational Communication, The Economic Environment, Management of Organizational Behavior, Accounting & Finance Environment, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management and Administration, Legal Environment of Management, Ethics & Management from a Christian Perspective, Strategic Management, Management Seminar – Entrepreneurship, Managerial Accounting

      BS Chemical Engineering, 19XX
      University of Missouri, Rolla, Rolla, MO

      Professional Development

      Xerox – Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt    
      Xerox Corporation                                                      

      ISO 9001:2000 – Internal Audits for Organizational Success                                           
      Paradigms, Inc.                                    

      Confined Space Entry Rescue
      Fire Service Training, Oklahoma State University

      Tips for Writing a Functional Resume 

      As you can see from the sample above, including a summary provides recruiters and interviewers with a sense of your skills and talents even before they delve into the details. 

      A functional resume isn't organized by position, so you'll need another organizational structure. This can be categories based on your skills or qualifications.

      Look to the job description for cues about what to emphasize here. 

      See more tips for writing a functional resume

      Is a Functional Resume Right for You? 

      Job searchers have lots of choices when it comes to creating their resume. Since a functional resume focuses on skills over dates, it's ideal for candidates who have gaps between jobs, are early in their career (or have only internship-based experience), or are making a career switch

      A functional resume is less commonly used than a chronological resume, which lists a candidate's work history, beginning with the most recently held position. Recruiters and interviewers prefer this format, so if you do not have a reason for using a functional resume, opt for a chronological one. One other option is the combination resume, which offers the best of both worlds. On a combination resume, your skills are highlighted first and then followed by your work history. 

      No matter which format you select, make sure to follow these top 10 resume-writing tips

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