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Over the years, I have often been asked by clients to share my free resume sample list with them, but because of privacy reasons I could not. This got me thinking about how I could provide this service without infringing on the rights of my clients. 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, and some of my more popular resumes, the following list resulted.
Not sure how to download your free resume sample? 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.
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Select from the free resume sample list and then follow the steps below:
- First, 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 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 demonstrate a wide range of skills in that short time-frame. However, if you
have been loyal to one employer for over five years, go back further to show experience you’ve gained prior.
- Now it's time to flesh out your work history. If you have job
descriptions for each, you’re lucky. Use them. No job description? Try to get
access to them or at the very least, try to research them on the internet. If they
are not available, 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.
- 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 the above, it is now
time to write 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, etc.
- Are you happy with the result? Good. Now proofread it twice
for flow (do dates etc match up). Check spelling and grammar - twice. Ask someone you trust to proofread it. Then use an online programme like Grammarly to
check again. Then let it rest overnight and go back the next day fresh-eyed and
check again—you will be surprised at what you find.
- Only then are you ready to apply. And don’t forget the cover
letter, these are just 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 fresh job. Refresh your cover letter using the same
format you designed the resume with. Tailor both to the job on offer. Don't be afraid to change formats as your career choices change and come back to my free resume sample list as and when you need to. This way
you will always be ready to submit your application early, staying one step
ahead of the rest.
You’re worth it!
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