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Sample Functional Resume – Career Change

Jennifer NelVille’s functional resume allowed her to change careers from law to nonprofit management in April 2000. This format emphasized her transferable skills in the body of the resume so that the employer would see her as a manager with a legal background rather than a lawyer trying to get into management.

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Executive Director of a nonprofit organization


    Over five years’ management experience emphasizing a collaborative style.
    Adept at building relationships to further the organization’s membership goals.
    Persuasive skills, both written and verbal.

(at Renwall, Nelville & Rust)


Achieved revenue growth from $600K to $1.5M per year within my area of management, while decreasing overhead.
Planned and enforced a budget of up to $700K.
Supervised a staff of 12, involving training, quality control, conflict resolution, and production flow.
Directed acquisitions, installations, and maintenance of multi-plex workstation systems.


Built a large client base through quality of service and consistent follow through.
Assisted clients in identifying their interests.
Wrote persuasive letters to influence decision making of members and clients.
Involved personnel in goal sharing which increased productivity.


1997-00 Partner Law Offices of Renwall, Nelville & Rust
Austin, TX
1995-97 Claims Examiner Everystate Insurance Company
Austin, TX


        J.D., Boalt College of Law, Berkeley, CA, 1993
        B.A., Finance, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1987


        Board of Directors, Austin Symphony
        Advisory Council to the Austin AIDS Project