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Functional Resume Template and Format

A functional resume summarizes your professional "functions" or experience and avoids or minimizes your employment history.


  • De-emphasizes short-term work history, since it outlines transferable work skills
  • Useful for recent graduates who don't have a lot of professional experience in their field, but do have relevant coursework or training.
  • Minimizes dates, for "returning employees" after an absence from the workforce
  • Emphasizes skills you have that haven't been used in recent work experiences



  • Hard to know what the applicant's duties were in previous positions

Below is a template of functional resume:

101 Sydney Way * Chapel Hill, NC 27516 * (919) 555-1122
EDUCATION University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Master of Regional Planning, Expected May 2004
Specialization: Land Use Planning

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, May 2002
Major in Environmental Science

  • Created and implemented database for development proposals.
  • Researched and analyzed Master Plan for environmentally sensitive area.
  • Drafted greenbelt proposal.
  • Investigated and implemented paper recycling program at University of Virginia.

Organization and Management

  • Administered day camp registration and maintained files on campers.
  • Provided prompt and efficient services to day camp families.
  • Managed all financial record and coordinated billing for day camp.
  • Organized and maintained employer literature and job vacancies for career library.

Written and Verbal Communication

  • Designed and distributed agricultural-tourism informational pamphlet.
  • Presented recommendations for greenbelt and Master Plan at public meetings.
  • Assisted students with career searches at career library.
  • Solved daily conflicts through direct contact with day camp families.

Computer Skills

  • Word Processing skills include WordPerfect and Microsoft Word.
  • Knowledge of FileMaker Pro, HyperCard and Access.
  • Familiar with PageMaker and Geographic Information Systems.
Harris YMCA, Manassas, Virginia. Day Camp Registrar. Summer 2002.

Moore County Planning, Fairfax, Virginia. Intern. Summer 2000 - Spring 2001.

Career Development Center, Roanoke, Virginia. Librarian. Fall 1999 - Spring 2000.

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