A Resume Writing Example — Good Or Bad?

Summary: A resume writing example can provide you with ideas about how to write a resume — or how not to write it! What’s the best strategy when looking at a sample resume?

When you go online looking for a resume writing example to help you, do you have a clear sense in your mind about how you are going to use it? Sample resumes can be a blessing or a curse: used in the right way, they can provide you with loads of ideas about how — or how NOT — to go about drafting your own resume. But used badly, they can simply become a way to copy somebody else’s profile without putting your own unique stamp on your document.

So what sort of resume writing examples is it worth looking for — and how are you to get the best out of them?

Before and After Resumes

Some resume writing services offer examples of work they have done for previous clients, as a way of attracting new customers to their business. Even if you’re not intending to hire a professional resume writer, you can get a lot out of their demonstrations of how they have transformed an unsuccessful resume into an interview-attracting magnet! You will immediately get a feel for the impact of the resume layout on the page — don’t forget that a good resume needs to grab the reader’s attention in just a few seconds or it risks being passed over. You can find ‘resume makeover’ samples for all sorts of professions and industries, and for workers at different stages of their careers, from recent graduates to seasoned executives, military veterans to career changers. As long as you apply the principles to your own specific situation, they can be valuable.

Career-Specific Resumes

These are a great resource for assessing different formats and layouts and also for discovering keywords and industry ‘buzzwords’ that other jobseekers are using. Don’t forget that many recruiters use scanning software to process large batches of resumes, and incorporating the right keywords is a useful way to help your resume come up in searches. Stuffing it full of irrelevant language isn’t going to do much good — but using the sort of terms that are common parlance in a specific industry can also help demonstrate your expertise in your chosen career.

Resume Templates

Templates can give you an idea of the overall layout of your resume, how to use headings, fonts, bullet points and white space. You can also see the difference between styles such as the chronological, finctional and hybrid formats and decide which best fits your profile. You can also get ideas about different ways to lay out your skills summary or profile statement — a very valuable piece of resume ‘real estate’ that occupies a prime position near the head of your resume that’s perfectly positioned to capture the attention of a reader.

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