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You know that writing a resume isn’t easy.

 

You have already made several attempts and still don’t feel fully satisfied with the results. But is it really that difficult to get a pack of job application done?

 

Yes, and no.

 

Clearly, you are feeling pressure as a lot is at stake. You have just one page to summarize all your accomplishments, work history and credentials. Or, on the contrary, you feel that you don’t have much to offer yet as a recent graduate or entry-level candidate.

 

But there’s also a no. Writing a resume can be simple when you have great examples at hand. And that’s what you’ll discover here.

The Best Resume Examples

If you are still stuck and overwhelmed with writing your document, here’s your shortcut to cracking out a few dozens of resumes in no time. Below you’ll find the best resume examples with additional step-by-step instructions. We have included examples for different niches, experience levels and resume styles.

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Essential Resume Writing Tips

When organized correctly, words can press all the right buttons and motivate action. That is persuading a hiring manager to call you in for a job interview.  

So are you ready to improve your resume, and by that, we mean raising the roof on the results you are getting out of every job application you dispatch? Let’s make this happen.

PRO TIP:

Tailor your resume to each position and company to which you’re applying by highlighting the skills and experience you have that match the desired skill set. Be sure to showcase achievements and accolades you may have received in previous jobs and how those can transfer over to the desired position.

Brenda
Brenda S. Meyer

Certified Senior HR Consultant
Arizona, United States

Step 1: Decide on the optimal resume format.

Resumes and CVs come in different shapes:

–  The chronological resume format – the classy one. Lay out all your information in reverse chronological order. Best suited for anyone with a coherent, long-ish career history.

 

– The functional resume format – drop the timeline and place your skills and experience in the limelight. Best suited for recent graduates, students, interns and anyone changing fields or having employment gaps.

 

– The combination resume format is a mix of the previous two. It lays out the skills themes, complemented by career/education information. Best suited for startup job applicants, and experienced professionals with transferable skills who want to change industries.

The majority of resume samples we provide use chronological resume format as it’s always a “safe” choice.

Step 2: Get Your Contact Info Sorted Out.

Here are a few tips to nail your contact information on a resume.

 

The dos:

 

List your first, then the last name. You can drop the middle name if you want to.

Get a professional email and list it.

Add a personal or business cell phone number.  

Add a link to your LinkedIn profile, but only if it’s glossed up and up-to-date.

 

The don’ts:

 

Drop the mailing address. It’s necessary in today’s connected world.

Don’t add a home landline number.

Unless you are applying to a job in another state/country, don’t include your personal address.

 

Optional:

 

– Add a title –  if you are applying to a more hip company, add a brief title or personal branding statement next to your name. Example: Joanna Eliason – Social Media Manager; Columnist at Forbes, INC and HBR.

 

– Add social media links – Twitter is fine if you are active there, as well as account links to niche professional communities such as GitHub (for software developers) or Dribble (for designers).

 

– Link to your website, blog or portfolio. Only makes sense if you are writing professionally and/or have some work to showcase there. If you run a hobbyist blog, about gardening and applying for a managerial position, your employer doesn’t need to know this.

Step 3: Craft a resume objective or professional summary.

On top of your resume, include a quick paragraph explaining who you are and what you can offer to the organization. Writing resume objectives and summaries are a bit of an art, so check our more detailed guide on this.

Step 4: Jot down your work experience section.

This will be the “meat” of your resume. Make sure that you spend enough time laying out the best bits here. Here are the essential resume writing tips for the work experience section:

 

List achievements, instead of duties and responsibilities for each position.

Add some bragging rights and accomplishments (backed with numbers when possible)

Tailor your resume to every job posting and add relevant resume keywords taken from job descriptions.

Spice it up with some resume power words.

 

Need more help? Hop to our ultimate guide to writing a resume.

PRO TIP:

When writing a resume, utilize metrics and supporting data whenever possible to show hiring managers not simply WHAT you have done but instead HOW WELL you have done it. Providing high-impact context to experience conveys immediate value to the employer.

Claire
Claire Briggs

Career Consultant, CPCC, CPRW
Colorado, United States

Step 5: Showcase your educational background.

Present what you have learned at school, what degrees, certifications and coursework you have completed and how all of this makes you a better candidate than others!

Step 6: Sprinkle the skills.

Again, refer to the job posting to make a list of desirable skills. Next, add those strategically in your resume and highlight the most important ones in a separate section. Be sure to curate both soft and hard skills.

 

And you are almost done! If you have some space left, you can also include an extra section on your resume that will mention your hobbies, volunteer work, industry awards and accolades.  

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing a Resume (and Using Resume Samples)

Resume samples are a great way to get some direction for your job application. But, by no means, you should blindly copy-and-paste an example without giving it many thoughts.

 

Do “copy” the overall resume format and style, and feel free to pick out some phrases you like. But don’t submit a recycled resume to every job application in your industry.

 

The biggest resume mistake job seekers make is forgetting to customize.

 

And to make your resume bullet-proof here’s an additional checklist highlighting the most common resume writing mistakes:

 

1. Typos and grammatical errors. No one likes sloppiness. Always double proofread your resume.  

 

2. Getting too lengthy. Try to keep your resume to one page. Two pages are fine for experienced pros going after exec positions. Do not include outdated information from ages ago.

 

3. Going superfluous. Don’t make claims you cannot bake with data/examples. Also, don’t inflate your title to appear “more important” or “experienced”.

 

4. A poor resume summary can kill your application immediately. Writing a resume objective which doesn’t match the job or a career summary that doesn’t match the job requirements are major blunders.

 

5. No action verbs. Be bold and decisive! Use power words, action verbs and active voice.

 

6. Visually busy resumes will not get read. Get a professional resume template that is easy-to-read and skim.

 

7. Incorrect contact information. Re-check your phone number and email!

 

8. Listing irrelevant, generalistic duties. You must show your accomplishment, and key skills that are related to the job, not some general filler statement that no one will read into.

Even More Resume Examples to Browse!

Check out additional resume samples created by our pro team. All of them come with a set of bonus resume design tips, job hunting advice and guidance on formatting and wording. Here are even more compelling resume examples to check out next:

 

Acting
Administrative Assistant
Bartender
Cashier
College Student
Consultant
Customer Service
Dental Assistant
Engineer
Entry-Level
Executive
Federal
Graphic Designer
Internship
IT
Manager
Medical Assistant
Nurse
 Pharmacist
Receptionist
Retail
Sales
Server (Waiter/Waitress)
Stay at Home Mom
Teacher
Teen

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It’s so much easier to write a resume when you have a sample in front of you…plus a professional resume template where you just fill in the gaps. Save yourself heaps of time by using a premade template instead of struggling with a layout in Word.

 

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