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Sample: Functional Résumé

A functional résumé is appropriate when there is job-hopping, re-entry into the workforce or a change in careers. This résumé is an example of a recent graduate who is changing careers and chooses to emphasize skills over work experience. The work experience is described with the future employer in mind; writing skills are promoted over the primary financial responsibilities of the accounting position. Typically, a functional resume would not include employment dates, but are included in this example because there is a record of continuous employment.

Andrew Dragon    
42 Blossom Drive     (860)555-5555
Wethersfield, CT 06109


To obtain a writing or marketing position for a well established magazine.


B.A. in English - December 2000 - G.P.A. 3.7/4.0
Southern Connecticut State University

B.A. in Accounting - May 1978 - G.P.A. 3.5/4.0
Southern Connecticut State University

Relevant Skills and Courses

  • Communication
    Accurate, lively, and fresh writing style specializing in non-fiction topics. Created reports for local businesses through Professional Writing Internship class.
  • Literature
    Familiar with a wide range of authors from Chaucer to Angelou; focus on American authors.
  • Technical
    Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
  • Advanced American Literature
  • Advanced Fiction Writing
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • History of the Language
  • Professional Writing Internship
  • The Study of Words
  • Technical Writing and Communication
  • The Works of Chaucer
  • Writing for Business and Industry

Employment History

1998 - present     Clerk, Quiet Corner Book Store, New Haven, CT
Assist customers with locating items. Create flyers and promotional materials for special events.

1978 - 1998     Accountant, Freeman & Reed Accounting Services, New Haven, CT
Created brochures, business cards, and advertisements to promote accounting services. Managed financial records for 20 clients.

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