on Apr 05, 2009 @ 07:17 pm

Wheres the best place to look for a OUTSTANDING resume format?

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hhmm on Apr 06, 2009 @ 12:33 am

Try the library. They should have hundreds of books on resume writing. They also have computers with wizard, which will give you templates to use. Or just google 'resume samples' and see what comes up, copy the format and put your own experience into it. I know my microsoft word has templates on it, as well as ones I can download off their site...nothing fancy but it gets the job done!

Good luck!

yep... on Apr 06, 2009 @ 05:03 am

Nessie is right...they have some really good formats online. I am not big on wizard templates though. I have used a couple formats that have always worked well. I will see if I can find a link online for you and reply to this thread again when I find it!

Do your research... on Apr 06, 2009 @ 01:30 pm

There are a lot of great resume format templates online. You can even take one that you like and put your own twist on it. My biggest piece of advice is to review resumes of other people in your field. There are different formats depending on what sort of position you're looking for (ie. manager, support, research) and what field (ie. legal, marketing etc.).


^ What Leegal said on Apr 06, 2009 @ 01:48 pm

Something that many job hunters don't consider is that different types of resumes are required for different types of jobs. Templates often don't take that into consideration, so I would also refer you to the library (as Nessie suggests) to look through a book of examples.

For instance, a chronological listing of the various jobs you've held and education you've received works fine for a basic job, such as waitressing or retail. If you are looking for a career starter or a higher-level job (eg management), your resume style showcases you almost as much as the actual content! We featured an article on resume writing tips last year, but you can certainly find many resources online about what types of resumes work for your dream job.

The main thing is to get up to speed on your field's lingo, as well as other hot keywords that hiring managers look for. In some cases, a paragraph-style resume is called for; in others, a bullet-point list.

Another key ingredient is to only highlight those jobs that actually contributed to your current skill set. Lifeguarding on the beach during high school probably won't get you any traction, but supervising junior lifeguards does. Do you know what I mean? Rather than list all 10 jobs you've had in your life, mention the 3 or 4 most relevant to your job and simply state at the bottom "expanded work experience profile available upon request", or something like that.

Keep it short! Hiring managers are busy people and they do not want to slog through a 3-page report. Best is to get it all on one page, without going too small on font or margins. To save space, put your contact info as a footer, leave out date of birth, SSN/SIN, hobbies, full scholastic history (if you have college education, they won't care about high school unless you went somewhere prestigious; if you don't, then you should mention your HS info), etc. If they like you, they will ask about any information gaps during your interview. Your resume's job is to get you into the door; closing the deal is your job.

I could go on and on, but it would also be helpful if you mentioned what type of job you are interested in?

Thx yall! ALOTTA ALOT on Apr 06, 2009 @ 03:07 pm

Thanks Nessie, Im going to look at the templates..I never knew word has those. Mizzrobin that would be great if u could find that thread. :D Leegal&mamaluv, that is great advice as well. I have always had a bartending job or a babysitting job..and well, you know, you get paid under the table which is okay, but not when you want to get more professional. That's why I wanted to start exploring...I'm really into the college I'm attending right now and was thinking about applying for a position at the front desk for a side job at the financial aid office. I have worked at a front desk for a YMCA before so maybeeee...its not anything real big lol


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