A Free Resume Example Can Be Hazardous To Your Job Health

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
"Amazing Resume Creator"

Looking to write the killer job-getting resume? A free resume example can be a valuable resource or it can kill your job search depending on how you use it. To make sure that your resume is the most effective and powerful a job-landing tool as possible, though, it's important to use it as a starting point to creating a great resume, not as a shortcut to write a fast one. There are a lot of things that free resume examples can provide you. For one thing, they are a great source of information about what kind of information should go on a resume. Second, they are a valuable guide to how that information should be formatted and presented. Third, they can offer a lot of different views of how different people have put their resume together, and give you a sense of the varieties and possibilities that you can adapt and alter for your own resume.

For all their value, however, free resume examples are not able to give you information that is of the highest value. For one, free resume examples aren't able to give you a lot of insight into the strategy of writing a successful resume. That's because they are finished products, presented without explanation. Doing a little research and learning the time tested techniques for presenting your qualifications I the best possible light is necessary to truly understand what works and why. Secondly, and most importantly, a free resume example is not going to give you specific, individual help on how to write YOUR resume, using YOUR qualifications to get YOUR target job.

More Free Resume Example Drawbacks

Since no sample you will find is likely to have your specific job history and be written for the exact job you want, a free resume example is never going to do more than give you general guidance on how a resume should look. To set your resume apart from the dozens, hundred or even thousands of other resumes flooding into companies for each opening, specificity is the name of the game. The hiring manager of your target company is looking for someone who can come in and start solving the specific business problems that the company faces immediately, and to grow professionally to solve the unknown problems which it will face in the future. The way that they will determine this is by evaluating your job experience against the opening's needs.

Obviously, the more closely you can make your job experience match the opening's requirements, the better, and a free resume example won't get you there. Consequently, it's important that you have a firm understanding of how to write an effective resume yourself, the requirements of the job before you begin altering any free resume example you find. Once you have those elements in place in your mind, then the resume sample that you have is more of a template or guideline for yourself, to make sure that your well thought-out information in presented in a way that does your job search justice.


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