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Thomas Horton's functional resume allowed him to change careers from law to nonprofit management in April 2000. This format emphasized his transferable skills (management, development, and motivation) in the body of his resume so that the employer would see him as a manager with a legal background rather than a lawyer trying to get into management.
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4001 Danville Road, Cleveland, OH 12345
(123) 555-3456


Executive Director of a nonprofit organization


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

(at Caldwell, Stevenson & Horton)

Achieved a revenue growth from $600K to $1.5M per year within my area of management, while keeping overhead low.
Planned and adhered to a budget of up to $750K.
Supervised a staff of 15, involving training, work flow, quality control, conflict resolution, and review processes.
Directed the acquisition, installation, and maintenance of a 40-workstation system.

Built a large loyal client base through personal attention, quality service, and consistent follow through.
Assisted clients in identifying their interests, and motivated them to act accordingly.
Wrote persuasive letters and documents, frequently influencing decision makers.
Involved personnel in goal sharing, resulting in dramatically increased productivity.


1997-00 Partner Law Offices of Caldwell, Stevenson & Horton
Cleveland, OH
1995-97 Claims Examiner Prudential Insurance Company
Cleveland, OH


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


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