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Sample Functional Resume – Recent Graduate / Student Starting Career

James Patterson’s functional resume is a great example of how a student can present his limited experience to an employer. By creating relevant skill headings, he announced what he could do as a graphic designer (his job objective). And by stating “concurrent with education” in his Work History heading, he explained that he’s an industrious fellow who worked his way through school.

James Patterson

432 Fremont Blvd • Morgan, ID 34233 • (435) 232-5555

Objective: Graphic Designer


Experienced with design concepts for product packaging and advertising.
Skilled at evaluating prints for reproduction.
Familiar with a variety of print materials.
Software Experience: Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXpress, FreeHand, PageMaker, and Illustrator.


Created consumer packaging using PMS and four-color processing; prepared designs in collaboration with photo shoots.
Produced product advertisment campaign strategies for a variety of products.

Designed thumbnails, roughs, and final comps for print advertising.
Communicated corporate identity through design of logo and collateral.
Created mechanicals; proofed blue lines and color keys.
Used a wide range of typography to appeal to specific audiences.
Used a wide range of materials (types of paper and plastics) to appeal to specific audiences.


Photographed food compositions in studio settings.
Developed portfolio of color landscape prints from across the U.S. exhibited in over a dozen galleries
Won award in black and white photo contest.

Relevant Work History
(Concurrent with Education)

2005-present Freelance Computer Graphic Designer, San Francisco
2004-06 Graphics Assistant, Jones & Co., San Francisco


B.F.A., Graphic Design & Marketing, anticipated Summer 2008
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Marketing Program, summer 2005
Himntor University, Denver, CO

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