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Three “simple” words that describe how we’re going to write your resume. And the resumes samples used meet this qualifications.
First off...keep it simple! It’s not always better to use a complex word when you’re trying to say something...simple. There’s no need to break out the thesaurus to search for five dollar words to make you sound smart. Trust me. It won’t come across as smart. It’ll, most often, come across like you took out a thesaurus to find a five dollar word.
We've talked about this before. Never lie, no matter how tempted you are to say you graduated from college...even if you just attended a few years and never received your degree. There are ways of finding out. (Yes, even if the school is defunct.) It’s just not worth it. I've seen people fired, after the fact, for falsifying education.
Nothing reads easier on the eyes that a clean, crisp, neatly formatted document. You can have an extensive background that you may think requires complexity in explaining but...
...more words do not mean more experience.
The art of a good resume writer (as well as many jobs for that matter) is to simplify the complex. What a valuable skill to have...making complexity appear easy.
The first thing hiring managers are going to see is the look and feel of your submission. If they’re thrown off by the design...you can almost forget it!
Now in this day and age of electronic resumes and keyword searches against your skills and experience you may squeak by...at first. Computers don’t care so much about the look but your resume should have both a smart appearance and great content.
You may get past the job search database...
...but eventually someone’s going to want to see the details, clearly detailed on a sheet (or two) of paper.
And even with formatting...keep it simple. No colors, graphics or scripted fonts - Arial 10 or 12 pt works just fine. The simpler and cleaner the better.
Writing resumes can be a lot of fun. Really! It’s great to be able to organize someone’s life and work experience into succinct bullets and chronologizing their work to best suit their needs.
Whenever I start a resume, I first flesh out the skeleton. The following resume samples contain section details for you to consider...
The header of your resume is the easy part...
This can be hit or miss. Some places really want this. Others don’t care to see it in your resume. If you chose to write a goal don’t go crazy with some lofty objective like: Seeking a good paying, management position to allow me the ability to greatly utilize my strong management skills and experience and supervisor a team of respectful employees.
Instead, include a power statement, something that the company really cares about. When you write such a statement think about what’s in it for them? They don’t want to hear so much about you, and your needs. What sets you apart from the pack and will help them become better?
A resume sample might use the following...
Customer Service Representative with over 5+ years of satisfying clients, boosting team morale and improving call handle times.
Experienced Team Leader making customers feel that the large retail chain is their corner store.
This is where the rubber meets the road.
Be sure to have a consistent format between each of your positions.
Start Date to End Date Company Name, City, State, Country
As for filling in the job responsibilities and achievements, we’ll talk more about that below. Just flesh it out for now.
Like your Experience section, be sure to have a consistent format. It doesn’t need to be exactly the same format as your job experience but for each school/accreditation you should have consistency.
A resume sample might look like...
Date(s) of Attendance or Graduation School name, City, State, Country
If you’re a college graduate it’s not necessary to include your high school. It’s assumed you have a high school diploma (or equivalent accreditation) in order to get into college. However, if you're a recent high school graduate or had some significant accomplishments during those years, it’s not going to hurt to keep it in.
Listing out any computer skills, languages you speak or other job-specific skills is a good to have.
Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access.
Separate each skills with a comma.
If you have space put something to the effect of...
Furnished upon request.
If people are interested they can find out stuff about you. Once they’re serious they’ll ask for professional references.
This section can be eliminated, especially if you’re trying to fit everything on one page.
Just in case, have a properly formatted list of qualified references at your ready in case they ask. And of course, be sure to get permission from these people first.
Now when it comes to writing the all-important experience part of your resume, you’ll want to include good action words. Each bullet point or job achievement sentence should start with a verb. Some effective examples are...
When writing about a position that you currently hold, be sure to write in the present tense; former jobs can be written in the past tense.
Don’t be afraid to bold certain words in your resume and call attention to your unique experience.
Delivered functional system requirements ahead of schedule for CRM database.
Depending upon your experience or the type of job you’re going for, resumes can vary. However, they should all be simple, accurate and properly formatted.
Here are some industry specific resume samples...
This is one of the best parts about today’s technology.
In less than an hour you can not only create a reusable, automated resume but also apply for multiple jobs all at the same time.
Check out the job search engines for creating reusable resumes, some like LinkedIn, can help you generate paper version in seconds.
Using resume samples can be a quick, effective way to get you up and running and help you find a job.