Free resume sample
Make it your own
Over the years, I have
often been asked by clients to share a free resume sample with them and/ or via
my website, that focused on a particular role or career path. I must admit
that I kept putting it off knowing what a mammoth task it would be to remove all
references to ‘real’ people and situations. Finally, however, I relented and with the help of a few colleagues who allowed me the use of their own samples, as well as some of my most popular resumes, the following list evolved.
Not sure how to download your free resume sample? Simply click on the corresponding link to the sample you’re interested in, then
right click on the image to save it to your computer. Open the image as a word
document and rewrite and redesign as you see fit.
Free resume sample list
Administrative assistant resume sample
- Analyst resume sample
- Architect resume sample
- Attorney resume
- Bank resume sample
- Builder resume
- Clerk resume sample
- Construction resume sample
- Customer service resume
- Data entry resume sample
- Dental assistant resume
- Editor resume sample
- Legal resume
officer resume sample
- Model resume
- Pharmacist resume
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- Chronological resume template
- Executive resume template
- Functional resume template
- Hybrid (combined) resume template
- Professional resume templates
- Resume cover letter template
Please return to this free resume sample list as new items are added
Select from our free resume sample list and then follow the steps below:
- Firstly, realise that this will take longer than a few
minutes. Set aside several hours, a Saturday afternoon for example especially
if you haven’t got an existing resume to work from.
- If you are starting from scratch, you will need a pen and
paper or if you prefer a computer with Microsoft Word (recommended) or similar.
- Set the tone. Tailoring the resume to the job you are
applying for leads to the best results. Are you applying for a similar role,
are you experienced in the job that you seek or is this a career change? These
are all questions you need to ask to tailor your resume correctly.
- Set the frame work. Think about your work history and quickly
jot down the positions you’ve held, who you worked for and the dates you worked
there. Double check details and spelling to ensure accuracy. Some suggest going
back only five years, but I disagree. If
you’ve changed jobs often, then this may be okay because you will be able to
demonstrate a wide range of skills in that short time-frame. However, if you
have been loyal to one employer for more than five years, it is a good idea to
go back further to demonstrate experience you’ve acquired prior.
- Now its time to flesh out your work history. If you have job
descriptions for each, you’re lucky. Use them. No job description? Try and get
access to them or at the very least, try to research them on the internet. If they
are not available, you will have to work from memory. The samples here are
simplified. Your job is to expand on your duties.
- For example, a bus driver doesn’t just drive a bus. The
driver has to maintain the bus. Learn his route. Keep to time. Run safety
checks. Keep records. Ensure the safety of your passengers and other road
users. Keep up-to-date with the road rules. Maintain all current licences. The
list goes on. 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.
- Ensure the layout is attractive (check through the samples
for inspiration) - use bullet points, bold letters, different fonts, and colour
etc. Do not use photographs unless your job requires it. The average resume is 3 pages long maybe more
for certain industries – and shorter in the US.
- Then, after you have completed all of the above, it is now
time to right your summary. Why? Because
now you have all the information you need to do it justice. You know your
strengths and you can now write a concise yet powerful paragraph that will
compel the reader to seek an audience with you. This paragraph goes at the
beginning of the resume, after your name and contact details.
- If you have identified specific skills, you can add bullet
points shortly following the summary i.e., Advanced Microsoft Suite Experience,
Quickbooks Accounting Software, Multi-lingual including Mandarin and Russian
- Are you happy with the result? Good. Now proofread it twice
for flow (do dates etc match up). Check spelling and grammar - twice. Have
someone you trust proofread it. Then use an online programme like Grammarly to
check again. Then let it rest over night and go back the next day fresh-eyed and
check again – you will be surprised what you find.
- Only then are you ready to apply. And don’t forget the cover
letter, these are equally as important as resumes in ensuring you are
Guess what? You’re done. Now all you have to do is keep your
resume up-to-date with each new job. Refresh your cover letter using the same
format you designed the resume with. Tailor both to the job on offer. This way
you will always be prepared to submit your application early, staying one step
ahead of the rest.
You’re worth it!
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