Functional Resume Sample FormatLet’s look a little more in-depth at the functional resume. This type of format relies on categories of skilled-based sections to demonstrate your qualifications for a particular job.

With this type of format, chronological order of your information is not the focus. Additionally, less emphasis is placed on company names, employment dates, and position titles.

The functional format can camouflage the appearance of an unstable, unorthodox, or interrupted career caused by gaps between jobs, job hopping, limited paid experience, or a recent graduate with limited experience.

Additionally, using the functional format provides a great opportunity to really focus on your skills sets and qualifications as it matches to the job you are after.

However, I Need to Warn You!

There are pitfalls to using this format. Employers know that a functional format will camouflage career glitches, so it raises the question, “what are you hiding?” This shouldn’t deter you if you think this is the best format for you to use. It just means you will need to be prepared with strategies to answer this question.

Following is a quick and dirty checklist I reference from another page of this Site. This list will help you decide if this resume sample format is best for you:

  • You are overqualified for a job.
  • You are a retiree returning to the workforce after taking some time off.
  • You are making a significant career or job change.
  • You want to emphasize your skills and abilities not used in recent work experience.
  • Your job objective is different than your work experience.
  • Your experience is gained in different, unconnected jobs.
  • You have been employed by the same company for a very long time.
  • You have a history of frequent job changes or gaps in employment.
  • You are entering the job market after an absence.


Now let’s look at an example of the functional resume format:

Name

Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Contact Number
Email Address

Objective Statement:

One to two sentences that highlight your skills and advertise how you can help the potential employer.

Work Experience:

This is where you will list your qualifications from each of your past jobs. List those which best fit your objective statement first. Use action keywords to highlight your strengths and quantify your accomplishments whenever possible.
Skill Set – highlight strengths, quantify accomplishments

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Skill Set – highlight strengths, quantify accomplishments

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Skill Set – highlight strengths, quantify accomplishments

  • Several highlighted bullet points
  • Several highlighted bullet points

Employment History:

You can list each job individually or you can write a summary paragraph such as: Work experience in the retail industry. Excellent records with former employers, Radio Shack, Cleveland, OH [2002 – 2004]; Macy’s, Cleveland, OH [2005 – present].

Education & Training:

Degree Earned, Concentration, Name of University, State, date completed

Activities:

List activities.

Honors/Awards:

List honors, awards, publications, etc..