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Sample Functional Resume – Good Education but Lacking Experience

Sarah has only been working in her profession for a few years. She has some valuable work experience but most of her experience comes from her previous education and an intership. She employed a functional resume format using skill headings that allow her to effectively leverage her academic achievements.

443 Juanquin Blvd.
Austin, TX 73323
(301) 222-2222

Objective: Research Associate position with a biotechnology firm or lab focusing on immunology.


  • Highly inquisitive, creative and resourceful.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Accomplished in all phases of hybridoma production.
  • Excellent working knowledge of immunology.
  • Excited by the challenge of research and experimentation.

Applied Research

  • Successfully developed new antibodies for use in breast cancer research & therapy:
    –experimented with immunization routines, resulting in the desired immune response;
    –carefully monitored cell population;
    –used advanced techniques and technology to effectively isolate the desired hybridomas.
  • Co-developed a novel assay identifying the antibodies’ ability to bind to live, intact tumor cells.
  • Delivered presentations of results to staff of CC Research Institute.


  • Experimentation:
    –researched procedures for in vitro immunization of animal test subjects;
    –experimented with hybridoma production, using lymph node cells of a lymphoma patient;
    –experimented to induce animals’ immune system to respond to a variety of conditions.

Lab Skills

  • SDS-PAGE Electrophoresis
  • Tissue Culture
  • Radiolabeling of Antibodies
  • Hamster Egg Penetration Test
  • Affinity Chromatography
  • Immunoblot Strip Assay

  • Isotyping
  • Lyophilization
  • Electroblotting

2004-present Lab Technician CC RESEARCH INST., Kelreby
2000-04 Full time student US Santa Cruz
2003 summer Research Asst. UC Santa Cruz Biology Dept.
1999 Youth Counselor SUN DAY CARE PROGRAM, Las Vegas
1998 Emergency Med Tech MELS AMBULANCE, Mesa
1997 Teaching Asst. VISTAMAR ELEM. SCHOOL, Southern Beach


B.A., Cell Biology & Physiology – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, 2004
Related coursework: Immunology & Lab, Virology, Microbiology