This functional resume sample is for a management position in mail room operations. Here is a job seeker who has had a number of jobs within the U.S. Postal Service. One of his goals is to show that he is an expert in all types of mail room duties. His main purpose, though, is to show his skills as a leader, so that he will stand out as the first choice for a higher level job at the USPS. Let’s see how he does it!
About this Resume Sample
Dennis (not his real name) has worked for the USPS for 14 years. He has moved up the ranks from letter carrier to mail handler to supervisor. Now that a more senior position has opened up, he is eager to move into this next level and to secure a higher pay rate, as well! What does he do to make his resume stand out?
- In his summary section, Dennis provides his total number of years working at the USPS, and also his years as a supervisor of other staff. He also mentions his perfect safety record, his mail sorting prowess, and his skill in being a team player. All of these are key to his being ready for the next step as a leader at his job.
- Dennis has chosen the functional format to show off the extent of his skills. He has split his work into three sections – Mail Room Supervision, Mail Room Operations, and Mail Delivery. He lists the Supervision section first, to highlight and describe his leadership in greater detail. This includes keeping time sheets and records, checking team members’ work, and being a good coach to keep the staff on track and doing their best.
- He uses two tables in the Mail Room Operations section, which make it easy for the reader to quickly grasp his know-how about what goes on in the mail room, and what machines and systems he has used to get the job done.
- In the Mail Delivery section, Dennis shows his early work as a mail carrier, and that he has been a trusted worker since day one.
- Dennis lists his work history at the bottom of the resume for two reasons: First, the readers of his resume already know that he has worked for the USPS for many years, since he is going for an upper level job there. Second, his work for the US Navy was a long time ago, but he still wants to include it on his resume.
- Finally, Dennis lists his Postal training coursework and his A.A. degree from City College in the last section of his resume. This completes the picture of Dennis as an ideal choice for the job he wants.
See what else you can deduce from Dennis’s resume!
Resume for a Management Position in Mail Room Operations
More Resume Help
The Damn Good Resume Guide has lots more resume samples in the chronological, functional, and combination resume formats. The book starts with a set of 10 steps for writing a great resume, including when to use a functional resume format and when to steer towards one of the other two more common formats. Sometimes job seekers think they need a functional resume because they have work history problems. Co-authors Yana Parker and Beth Brown explain how these same problems can be solved just as well with the chronological or combination resume formats.
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