The Functional Format

If your professional pilgrimage hasn’t been right either, give consideration to use a functional resume format. A functional resume relies on categorical, skills-based areas to show your capabilities for a specific occupation. Elements like employment dates, company names or position titles are either deemphasized or deliberately omitted.

Functional Resume Strengths

The functional format can camouflage the appearance of an flimsy, strange, or interrupted career caused by:

  • Breaks between jobs
  • Job hopping
  • Limited paid experience
  • Employment relocation
  • Be a recent graduate without work experience
  • Career Typecasting
  • Career stops for family or personal reasons

Likewise a legitimate vehicle for conventional professions, the functional resume format shouldn’t be related just with “settling” work issues. If you belong to any of the following sections, the functional format may be your best way:

  • Career specialization
  • Overqualified
  • Senior citizen
  • Military conversion

Functional Resume Weaknesses

What is the candidate trying to hide? Hiring managers know that a functional resume format is trying to masquerade career bugs. The functional resume format’s greatest Strength is also its primary problem.

Functional Resume for someone goes Back to Work

Functional resumes are regularly the best decision for parents entering the workforce with insignificant or no paid work experience. Juliette, a mom who was raising four children and only paid experience was two years of secretarial work several decades ago, utilized a functional format to sum up several decades of volunteer work.

With abilities in arranging, office operations, and organization, she now oversees business undertakings for a production horticulture organization. Discover this Functional resume template as a case of how to change over volunteer experience to an appealing and attractive-business presentation for hiring managers.

One Riverplace Parkway Selton, Alabama 42315 (423) 413-9887

Customer support position where my strengths in communications, sales, and administration will be of value.


COMMUNICATIONS: Public Relations, Advertising, Training, Staff Development
♦ Degree in Public Relations/Journalism: Completed comprehensive training in public relations, including advanced course work in mass communications, newswriting, editing, advertising, media, and graphic arts.
♦ Writing/Verbal Skills: Excellent communication skills for effective customer communications, proposals, correspondence, flyers, newsletters, internal communications, and public speaking.
♦ Staff Development: Successfully coordinated and implemented monthly training programs—assessed learning needs, created curriculum, presented instruction, and secured nationally recognized guest speakers.
♦ Background as Educator: Able to provide client-centered interactive training sessions, emphasizing practical applications for customer education and/or staff development.

SALES: Presentations, Negotiations, Customer Relations, Event Planning, Fund-Raising
♦ Persuasive Communicator: Made formal presentations to boards and decision makers; sold new program ideas and secured approval for funding. Demonstrated ability to sell varied products as “floater” for upscale retailer; generated daily sales equal to that of experienced sales associates.
♦ Customer Relations: Selected by management as liaison and troubleshooter to resolve concerns with coworkers, external customers, and vendors.
♦ Event Planning: Organized well-received special events in work and community volunteer capacities. Planned events for up to 400. Initiated fund-raising projects to offset a $250,000 reduction in state funding.

ADMINISTRATION: Program Management, Planning, Development, Budgeting, Supervision
♦ Management: Held direct accountability for planning, staffing, facilities management, and coordination of educational program with 250 enrollees and 15 instructors. Hired, placed, and evaluated certificated instructors.
♦ Program Development: Created successful programs (business-school partnerships, volunteerism, community outreach), from concept development through implementation at multiple sites.
♦ Planning: Served on cross-functional team that conducted strategic planning, developed budgets in excess of $345,000, determined programming, and ensured compliance for school site serving 6504- students.

Prior experience in education as a teacher and site administrator. Excellent record with former employers, Alton Unified School District (1992-Present) and Mifflin Union School District (1989-1992).

DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Journalism—University of Alabama (1987) References on Request

Functional Resume for Walking to New Orders

Simon Preisner Dynamo’s functional resume template shows how all military-talk was translated to business terminology. Note the use of quantifiable results and chief quotes from past military evaluations to help fill in the full profile of Simon’s capacities and demonstrable skills.

Review this resume and discover how a career military officer can facilitate a transition to the business world:

1344 Tippendale
Lakeside, CA 93222
(319) 234-4405

QUALIFIED for mid-management administrative assignments requiring proven ability to enhance operational efficiency, affect team productivity, and maximize operating funds.

Twenty-year military career highlighted by promotion through increasingly responsible decision-making capacities, including Asst. Officer-in-Charge, Officer-in-Charge, and Administrator. Experience includes:

ADMINISTRATION: Directed the production and control of administrative and personnel programs. Managed $256K operating budget. Trained personnel on internal operating systems and documentation procedures. Supervised staff of up to 45. Prepared written reports and delivered oral presentations. Created and directed task force teams for special projects. Compiled and analyzed workload statistics. Computer-literate.
► Implemented revised procedures to reduce error processing rate from 75% to 1.2%.
► Negotiated discounts to achieve a 64% savings (valued at $1,685,000) in travel expenses.
► Prepared organization for annual Quality Assurance inspections; reviewer comments included “200% improvement,” reversing 3-year history of failure to pass to highest attainable rate.
► Supervisor comments: “Unparalleled performance resulted in the flawless processing of all required reports, travel arrangements, 100+ enlisted evaluations, 300 personal awards, and 1,000 pay entries.”

PERSONNEL/HUMAN RESOURCES: Experience includes staffing, training, discipline, records management, travel arrangements, and benefits administration. Directly responsible for staffing ofthree aircraft carriers (typically handled by three separate individuals) with a total of 16,500 individuals matched to 64 different position descriptions. Managed personnel support functions for 2,600-member organization.
► Turned around personnel support operations from last to #1 ranking division among 26.
► Resolved staffing issues that resulted in accurate accounting of personnel assets and reduced delays in filling vacancies.
► Successfully raised manning levels from 63% to 89.9% (above standard) in limited time constraints.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Selected to revitalize a floundering Reserve Personnel Support Desk.
► Implemented corrective measures that transformed “a mediocre operation into a source ofpride” for the division and left 95% fewer service record maintenance errors and a 65% reduction in customer traffic.
► Created innovative programs, such as a “Customer Command Quality Assurance Checklist” that reduced travel liquidation time-frames from 45 days to 1 working day (standard is 5 days).

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE: Offer well-rounded and versatile background with experience as Administrative Officer, Legal Officer, Personnel Officer, Educational Services Officer, Ship’s Secretary, and Work Center Supervisor.
► In virtually every assignment, exceeded performance criteria and assumed added responsibilities.
► Comments from supervisors: “Unmatched in personal initiative”; “unlimited potential”; “his wisdom and energy inspire trust and confidence”; “the consummate professional who gets results.”


UNITED STATES NAVY                             1983—Present

Highlights include:
► Administrator                         5/99 — Present
► Assistant Officer in Charge/Officer in Charge         6/95 — 5/95
► Personnel Officer/Educational Services Officer         10/93 — 6/95
► Division Officer                     5/93 — 9/93
► Staffing Manager                     9/91 — 5/93
► Branch Head                         12/90 — 9/91
► Director, Administrative Services Division         12/88 — 11/90
► Administrative Office Supervisor                 12/88 — 11/89
► Various Admin Personnel Positions             1983 — 1988

GLASS MANUFACTURER CO., Bath, Maine                     1981-1983

  • Sales Associate & Notary Public

Coursework and seminars included: TQL/TQM . . . Management Fundamentals … AA/EEO … miscellaneous industry-related training.

HONORS (Partial List)
Navy Commendation Medal for meritorious service as Administrative Dept. Leading Chief Petty Officer; three Navy Achievement Medals; Combat Action Ribbon; five Good Conduct Awards; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and Air Force Organizational Excellence Award; Humanitarian Service Medal; Management Excellence Award


  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Various U.S. regions

► References Available upon request