Functional Resume Example

When would I want to use a functional resume?

A functional resume format is preferred in situations where:

  • you have had a lengthy gap in your work history
  • your most recent experience isn’t necessarily your strongest experience for the type of job you’re seeking
  • where you want to change career fields
  • where your experience was gained through volunteer work or hobbies
Functional Resume Example

What is the format of a functional resume?

With a functional resume, you group your experience, whether from volunteer work or paid employment, into key functional areas that are relevant to the type of position you are seeking.

You don’t need to put this experience in chronological order or tie the experience to a particular job or volunteer opportunity


After the Experience section of your resume, you then add an Employment or Work History section where you list in reverse chronological order your employers and volunteer experience. 


By using a functional resume, you first show a potential employer your experience and skills to “hook” them before you show where or when the experience and skills were gained.

The format of a functional resume is:

  1. Your Contact Information
  2. Objective
  3. Professional Summary
  4. Experience Grouped into Key Functional Areas
  5. Employment or Work History in Reverse Chronological Order
  6. Skills
  7. Education

Functional Resume Example

Jane Doe
123 Abbott Avenue
Any City, Any State 12345
(123) 456-7890



To obtain a pharmaceutical sales position that utilizes my experience in operations and program management, process improvements and implementation, and client relations.

Professional Summary

Experienced and goal-oriented medical professional with a track record of consistently meeting and exceeding established goals and objectives related to management, training and education, and client relations.  Skilled in building long-term relationships with all levels of hospital staff and pharmaceutical and medical equipment representatives.  Achieved significant results related to promoting organizational growth and staff development, securing necessary industry-related designations, and increasing overall patient volume.  Motivated and ambitious with excellent interpersonal communication, relationship management, and presentation skills.


University of ABC
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Professional Experience and Achievements

Operations Management

  • Served as liaison between company and peer organizations, communicating various issues and troubleshooting and resolving problems.
  • Supported development and implementation of quality improvement functions, ensuring compliance with strict state regulations regarding pediatric emergency care.
  • Assessed patient needs related to equipment and referred findings to board for purchasing approval.
  • Partnered with Quality Improvement department staff and hospital management to prepare for JCAHO onsite visit, properly interpret standards, and create improvement plans.
  • Managed multidisciplinary task force overseeing development and implementation of new procedures and medical devices to significantly reduce needlestick injuries.

Staff and Training Development

  • Coordinated various training issues to promote ongoing professional development and goal setting for staff.
  • Developed innovative curriculum for Vanderbilt’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Seminar and served as guest lecturer.
  • Designed training content for hospital-wide implementation of restraint application, ensuring strict compliance with JCAHO requirements and proper product application.
  • Applied content through training sessions and presentations for over 1,000 staff members.
  • Created program to recognize, motivate, and ensure retention of nurses with specific and demonstrated clinical expertise.
  • Analyzed, revised, and facilitated medical center orientation program for newly hired staff members.
  • Provided key support for successful conflict resolution, training and content development, and meeting coordination.

Program Design and Administration

  • Collaborated with physicians and nurses on development, evaluation, and implementation of nationally-recognized programs and related strategies and visions.
  • Conducted presentations on utilization of various equipment use, pediatric emergency medicine, and emergency nursing for hospital administrators, physicians, nurses, EMS, and nursing students.
  • Led Steering Committee on Conscious Sedation composed of physicians, hospital administrators, and nurses to develop curriculum and content for educational series.
  • Created tools and coordinated related presentations, discussions, and meetings with hospital administration, department chairs, and medical boards.


 Jane Doe                                                                                                                Page 2


Significant Accomplishments

  • Successfully achieved designation for Level 1 Trauma Center and oversaw administrative, financial, and staff-related functions.
  • Developed and implemented non-urgent section (Fast-Track) managed by Nurse Practitioners and Pediatric Emergency Department staffed by pediatric emergency care providers.
  • Achieved significant increases in patient volumes.
  • Initiated ENA chapter and served as President for 3 years.
  • Recognized as Emergency Nurse of the Year for Any State.

Work History

Staff Nurse, Pediatric and Adult Emergency Departments, 2018 – Present.
XYZ Hospital, Any City, Any State

Staff Nurse, Emergency Department, 2015 – 2017.
123 Hospital, Any City, Any State

Staff Nurse, Pediatric and Adult Emergency Departments, 2013 – 2015.
ABC University Medical Center, Any City, Any State


Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Provider, Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Provider, Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course

Provider, Trauma Nursing Core Course

Provider, Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Professional Associations

Committee member, ENA Foundation Scientific Review Panel

Emergency Nurses Association

Committee member, Standing Committee and Education

Emergency Nurses Association

Member, Emergency Nurses Association

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