Choose Your Sample Resume Carefully!

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

The term 'Sample Resume' is one of the top searches made by job hunters online. It seems like everyone is looking for that magical sample resume that they can use to get the job they want. And the truth is, there are some good sample resumes out there on the Web, in books, and being produced by professional resume writers. So the most important thing that the job hunter should know about a sample resume is what a good one looks like. To put it in the simplest possible terms, a sample resume should contain all of the essential elements of the resume you need to land the job you want.

Just like most resumes, sample resumes fall into two main categories; Chronological resumes, which list each job in temporal order, and Functional (or skill) resumes, which are ordered by skill sets. Depending on your career stage, your ideal resume would differ. For instance, if you are progressing in a single career, you would most likely want to go with the chronological resume. That shows a strong, continuing ascent in your chosen field or industry, with the target job being the next logical step in your career path. By comparison, if you are coming back to the workforce after a long absence, or changing careers, you would opt for the functional resume. This resume presents you as a person, with some valuable abilities which you have picked up and refined from a variety of sources and are ready to put at the target company's use.

Other Sample Resume Requirements

Besides identifying the type of resume you need, a strong sample resume follows some simple rules. For a chronological job, each job listed should be followed up with some key achievements. What's more, each of these achievements should be expressed in active, short, simple verbs, like "led," "sold," "won" rather than passive or overly fancy phrases. For functional resumes, the sample resume should also have specific key achievements expressed in simple, active verbs. The difference is that these achievements will follow the skills, rather than the job listing. In both cases, the resume that you use for a sample, should paint the portrait of the applicant as a bright, passionate, accomplished problem solver. These elements cannot be stressed enough.

Passion and problem solving are two elements that people often forget to look for in their sample resume. As it turns out, beyond the technical requirements, these are the two elements that Hiring Managers most want in their next employee. No job is completely predictable. The job might change and the market might change. The company might even change priorities and even businesses without notice. So hiring managers are looking for people who will succeed in all kinds of circumstances. Those people are the ones who A) Love what they do, and B) Go to work each day looking to solve the business problems in front of them. Conveying these two factors in a resume is exactly what will put someone over the top. So be careful what sample you choose and always tailor yours to show RESULTS you've achieved. Companies love to see results and how you can add to their bottom line.


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