Functional Resume Example: High School English Teacher

In this resume example for a high school teacher, Juanita (not her real name) managed two tricky issues: short-term jobs and a career change. Before we discuss how she solved these two problems, I want to talk a little about why she used a functional resume format.

Juanita wrote her resume in the 1990s when functional resumes were more widely accepted in the teaching job market. If she were writing her resume today, I would suggest she use the combination resume because these days most employers reject functional resumes.

Want to see what this resume would look like in the combination format? Here you go: Combination Resume Example: English Teacher at High School Level.

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About This Sample Functional Resume for a High School English Teacher

Here's why the functional resume format worked for Juanita at the time.

  • Short-term jobs. Because she had many short-term jobs in her work history, Juanita was concerned that she would look like a job hopper. So she used the functional resume format, which placed her work history at the end of her resume where it would not be noticed — at least not right away.
  • Career change. Skill headings in her functional resume format shine the spotlight on her transferable skills. They also take the spotlight off her old unrelated job titles.
  • Where things happened. A big complaint employers have about functional resumes is "I can't see where your achievements happened. Did they really happen?" To take that concern off the table, Juanita put the names of her employers right after the skill headings.
  • Unpaid work. Volunteer service is relevant to her new teaching career, so Juanita was sure to create a section where that could be listed. It makes a good ending to her resume, don't you think?

From the Collection of Resume Examples

The following functional resume and the other resume samples in this collection were written using resume templates from my Ready-Made Resume Builder.

Sample Resume Secondary English Teacher high school

For good advice on how to write a resume, see 10 Steps: How to Write a Resume.

Here's the Plain Text version, formatted according to How to Upload and Email Your Resume.

Juanita Gomez
123 Waterford Drive
Lexington, KY 12345

JOB OBJECTIVE: A position teaching Secondary English at the high school level

* Nine years working with teenagers as their manager and trainer, emphasizing a collaborative yet decisive style.
* Resourceful and insightful; adapt quickly to challenges.
* Commended for top-notch organizational skills.
* Innovative, enthusiastic, and uncompromising work ethic.


TRAINING AND MOTIVATION at Lenny's, Savvy Shoes Group, Inc., and P. Pants
* Recruited teen employees and trained them in good work habits, product information, and effective sales techniques.
* Motivated staff to perform at their best and reach their goals by offering incentive programs and district-wide training programs.
* Resolved conflict among employees through an enhanced open-door policy.
* Created new policies and procedures to improve client-employee relations.
* Awarded for high level of service within Lenny's, 2002.

ADMINISTRATION at Bells Hotels National Sales
* Developed program of monthly booking logs that increased response time by 25%.
* Coordinated the Lexington Client Event and the Kentucky Client Appreciation Event for Bells Hotels 2004.
* Won Team of the Year Award for Bells Hotels Corporate 2004.
* Recognized by Director of Sales and Operations Manager for superior service to the company.

2003-present, Office Manager, Bells Hotels National Sales, Lexington, KY
2000-2003, Store Manager, Lenny's, Louisville, KY
1997-2000, Store Manager, Savvy Shoes Group, Inc., Louisville, KY
1995-1997, Store Manager, P. Pants, Lexington, KY
1993-1995, Teacher, A Learning Place, Lexington, KY

Bachelor of Arts, English 2000
Lexington University, Lexington, KY

Member of National Education Association
Member of National Association for Women in Education
Member of National Council of Teachers of English

Reading teacher for local area adults in English as a Second Language Program
American Red Cross Certified, Child and Infant CPR

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