Resumes, Letters & Interviews

Functional Resume Outline


When should I use this type of resume?

A functional resume differs from a chronological resume by concentrating on skills that you have used that relate to your stated objective rather than on jobs you have had. A functional resume is particularly effective if your work experience has not been closely related to your job objective, if you are changing careers, of if you are seeking a promotion. In this format you elaborate on the skills necessary to perform the desired job and how you have demonstrated those same skills in a different type of job.

Outline of Layout Structure

Street Address
City, State ZIP
Phone Number w/Area Code
Email Address
Web Site(optional)


A statement of objective is optional. If you use one, be specific.
A summary of qualifications is also optional. It can be used to feature minimum and desirable qualifications you meet or exceed.


List most recent degree first, major, institution and date of graduation or anticipated graduation. May note GPA > 3.5, or academic honors if desired.

You may wish to add an addendum that identifies the courses you have taken grouped into two or three meaningful categories.


In this section, isolate three to five demonstrated skills you wish to market. The skills you select should be essential to the type of position you have identified in your "Objective." For each skill, summarize your accomplishments and experiences that pertain. Be specific in discussing how you demonstrated the skills and concentrate on the results you achieved in using the particular skills.


Your title, name of organization, description of your duties, level of responsibility, number of people supervised,  special accomplishments, and dates. Note: This category may include all relevant experience both paid and volunteer.


Position held (if appropriate), name of organization and dates.


On a separate sheet give names, titles, business mailing addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Do not use relatives, friends, or other students as references. Take a reference list with you for an interview and offer to give them to the hiring manager(s) after the interview is completed.