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Functional Resume Sample For Career Change.

Updated on January 23, 2018
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

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Changing Careers and Need Ideas for a Functional Resume?

Okay, so you've taken the leap of faith and are changing careers. You don't want potential employers to focus on your past employment history of flipping burgers or slinging tacos, so you've got to get their attention right off the bat. You want them to see you as something more than a fast food clerk. You want them to focus on your transferable skills.

How do you do that? Think about the skills you've learned during your time slinging tacos. It took more than a flick of the wrist to work at Taco Hell, right? You probably learned customer service, calculating, human relations, inventory control, communications, cash collections and time management skills.

Think Deeper...........

I know it's not possible to list everything, but in order to attract the attention of potential employers you've go to think outside the box. Any trait or skill that you possess is a sellable characteristic. Use it!

Do you have expert knowledge in something that may not seem related to the job you're seeking? You can take the generic skills from that job and apply it toward the next. It's possible, if you let yourself think deeply and look at the broader picture.

I'm going to give you an outline of a Functional Resume to use, but first, I'm going to give you the basic steps.

Steps For Creating A Functional Resume

1. Always put your name and contact information first, either in the middle of the page or to the far left. Make sure you include your phone numbers and email address!

2. Add a brief, basic summary of your qualifications, even if you don't have a lot of experience in the career field.

3. List your transferable skills! Brag on yourself! What's your best talent? List everything you've learned, including the good traits others told you they've seen in you.

4. List your education level.

5. This is where you finally list your previous jobs. Remember, you aren't highlighting the former employment, you're highlighting your transferable skills.

6. List your accomplishments and awards. Anything and everything that shows you've been rewarded; high school awards included. If you successfully organized the Little League team, put it on your list of accomplishments. You earned it!


This is the same outline I've used for over 10 years. Get creative with it, insert your own words (as I've done) that relate to your skills.

Example of the Functional Resume:

Newt Beginton, BAAS

2012 Horizon Lane

Newlife City, USA

Qualification Summary

Life of hard knocks professional with 25 years experience in love and laughter service in various fields. Five year background in difficult life management and observance.


* Motivational changes, counseling, and directing others to make better life choices.

* Developing a rapport with people from all backgrounds to kiss up to them so they’ll buy

* Ability to determine that this job’s not for me, discuss the urgency, and make a leap of faith.

* Adept at making lifetime mistakes, learning the hard way, and begging forgiveness.

* Motivating, explaining, and teaching children and adults that it always pays to admit your mistakes and move on.

* Projecting clear confidence through telling others about my stupid mistakes.

* Expository writing proficiency and adept with speaking first without thinking.

* Computer skills: Basic Windows XP, Barely-know Excel, Partial Practice Power Point, Self-Taught MS Word, Internet Surfing, trial and error data entry, Jr. Year Typing Skills, learned-on-the-job office equipment.


2005 Bachelor of Generic Degree, Concentration: My Behavior Science (Life Experience and Learning Discipline ). School of Learning Life University, USA.

Professional Experience

2008-2011. Immediate Life Crisis Service Technician. Tolerance Services, Anywhere, TX.

2008-2008. Independent Learning Contractor.Night Shift Insanity, Twilight Zone, Me, TX.

2007-2008. Recognizer of Past Substance Use on Brain Program. LSD Corp, Over, CA.

2007-2007. Observer of Others to Learn Services. Watch-n-Learn School, Skip, AR.

2006-2006. Outreach to Other Workers. Prepare For Future Position. Step Out, TX.

Rely On Your Past Studies, Skills, and Abilities

One thing to remember is that your skills will be action verbs, usually ending in 'ing'. Your traits will be nouns or adjectives of descriptive characteristics and qualities about yourself. When in doubt, go to the dictionary and or use a thesaurus. It will make a big difference.

Now that I've given you my example of a Functional Resume......

I'd like this article to serve as a personal tool for anyone who's changing jobs. You can edit the outline anyway you'd like and it will still be effective. If you've taken that huge step of making the decision to change careers, you've got to start somewhere.

Using the Functional Resume will be the first step to get potential employers to notice you. The rest is up to you.


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      brandyBachmann 5 years ago

      Voted up! Very helpful info.