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Business Resume Template

 

Need a Business resume template? Use facts and figures to highlight your achievements.

Note that this Business resume template, and all these samples are very basic and in no way do they represent what your own resume could be and should be. Leave that to the professionals. With each sample page I add a quick “how to” at the end that teaches you how to adjust these samples to make them your own.

Use our Business resume template to help you on your way

Use this Business template as inspiration to get you off on the right foot – and best of all it is totally free.

  1. Firstly, set aside several hours to build a resume.
  2. You will need quiet space and a computer with Word (recommended) or similar.
  3. Set the tone. Do your homework. Are you applying for a similar role, are you experienced in the job that you seek or is this a career change? These are questions you need to ask to tailor your resume.
  4. Set the framework. Think about your work history and quickly jot down the positions you’ve held, whom you worked for and the dates you worked there. Double check details and spelling to ensure accuracy. Go back five years - or more if you have stayed in the current job for several years.
  5. Flesh out your work history using job descriptions for each. If they are not available, you will have to work from memory. Your job is to expand on your duties.
  6. I cannot stress the importance of “fully” detailing your duties. It helps the employer understand exactly what you can do, and it helps you understand your strengths as well.
  7. Ensure the layout is attractive (check through the samples for inspiration). Do not use photographs unless your job requires it.  Strive for two to three pages (less for the US).
  8. You now have all the information you need to write a compelling summary outlining your strengths (see examples).  This paragraph goes at the beginning.
  9. If you have identified specific skills, you can add bullet points shortly following the summary i.e., Advanced Microsoft Suite Experience etc.
  10. Are you happy with the result? Good. Now proofread and have a trusted friend proofread it with you. Then check it again.
  11. And don’t forget a well-written cover letter using your strengths to target the role on offer.

You’re worth it!

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