Guidance for the lost: Resume Samples!

If you want ideas to make your resume look like more than just another collection of boring paragraphs, these samples provide the perfect guide to simple, yet professional looking resumes. What’s more, they are suitable for Applicant Tracking Systems due to their simplicity and absence of complicated graphics.

However, one thing to note is that choosing the right sample deserves more attention than just “love at first sight”. Even when you have decided on a sample, the format of the resume can be adjusted to serve your own purpose, otherwise your resume will look just as copied-and-pasted as the other resumes sitting on the pile.

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Source: Pinterest

Where can you find these templates?

 

You can check out Glints’ personally crafted resume samples to start!

So you’ve decided on a resume template, now what?

Decide on a format. The three most common formats are chronological, functional and combined.

1.  Chronological

The most common format used, it is suitable for highlighting your experience and also easy on the eye. While the official format is debatable, one possible, widely used sequence is suggested below:

  • Objective (some people choose to skip this part)
  • Summary
  • Experience (reverse chronological order)
  • Education (reverse chronological order)
  • References

2.  Functional

This unusual format is suitable when you have gaps in your education (e.g. you worked professionally for several years before entering university). The focus is on your capabilities and accomplishments in your professional career instead of your education timeline. Since the rather sudden jump to these highlights can be harsh, care should be taken in making a transition from the objective to accomplishments and from capabilities to employment history. Avoid lengthy descriptions of these highlights.

A rough outline is given as follows:

  • Objective
  • Accomplishments
  • Capabilities
  • Employment history
  • Education
  • References

3.  Combined

This format aims to be easy on the eye but still highlights certain accomplishments that you want emphasized on. It is especially suitable for candidates with notable awards, certifications or achievements that may set them apart from the rest of the pack. The outline is roughly given as follows:

  • Objective
  • Summary
  • Accomplishments
  • Experience
  • Education
  • References

For instance, earning a certificate in SAP Customer Relation Management System may deserve more attention than your ongoing university education, and may appear at the “Accomplishment” section before education history.

It has been said that trained recruiters can recognise resume samples from a mile a way. While they save huge amounts of time and provide the instant professional look, these samples should be use with care and creative input. Besides, what is written to fill them up ultimately decides if the resume will land you a job.

Still feel unprepared? You have to know these tips and tricks in crafting a good resume!

Source: Experteer
Source: Experteer

Sources:

http://www.instantresumetemplates.com/

http://www.hloom.com/download-professional-resume-templates/

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-41-best-resume-templates-ever

https://www.themuse.com/advice/275-free-resume-templates-you-can-use-right-now

http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/best-resume-format-functional-chronological-or-combined/

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