So you need a sample job resume so you can write you own, yes? That is fine with me but keep in mind a few things when you are writing your own job resume:
1. You might be thinking too much about Y-O-U. Most people write their own resumes from their perspective which is wrong. How can this be wrong, you are probably saying. It is plain wrong because the resume is really not about you. It is about what the hiring manager is looking for not what you have to offer. Some of you think I am crazy (that might be the case) but really it is true. A good resume is not about you. It should be about what the other person is looking for. For example, you may have had three or four jobs in you life so far. Each probably started out with you doing one or two types of work. As you were at the company longer and longer, you probably started exploring different types of work within your current job. Because there are so many different job functions you can put in a resume, you don’t want to talk about all the things you did there. Your best bet is to select just the items that ARE RELEVANT to the job you are looking for. Relevancy is what the hiring manager is looking for first and foremost.
2. You might be too critical (or not critical enough) of Y-O-U. A resume needs to be given a once over by someone who is not emotionally tied to you in any way. Your feelings are not at stake here but your ability to sell and market yourself to hiring managers is. Finding multiple people who will give you good advice on the layout, design, messaging and format of your resume is more important than your feelings. Give your resume to your harshest critics and make it better.
3. There is no sample job resume which you can just plug your information into. You need to create the language or “feeling” of a resume on your own. Now you can get some help with it, no problem. But at the end of the day you need to be the writer of it otherwise it won’t speak of who you are. I think it is good to have someone who can help you write a good resume or someone who can get it started and then you put your own style into it. That is fine. But DON’T let a resume writer write you something that sounds eloquent if you are more casual. Writers will put some makeup on your resume but at the end of the day the hiring manager will have to see you for who you are.
Why not put the energy into writing something you are proud of at the end of the day. You are who you are. Be excited about that. Be confident in that. Use the sample job resume’s you find but write your own resume. Writing your own resume will teach you things about yourself you didn’t know existed. Take a few days, pick up a few books, review what is online and then get to work without any distractions. Write your own resume in your own voice. It is worth the effort.
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