Resume Samples

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The first step to getting hired is making sure your resume is the best it can be. Here are a few examples of what your resume should look like to make sure you get the interview. Each sample likely includes good practices to implement in writing your own resume, even if you are not at that professional level, so be sure to check out the tips for every example.

Executive/C-Suite Resume Senior Management ResumeStudent/Recent Graduate Resume

What makes a good Executive/C-Suite resume?

  • It has a simple, concise formatting and style. Standing out is good, but you need to stand out for the right reasons. Keep it clean and professional and as concise as possible to clearly communicate your worth. Read more about styles...
  • It gets rid of the objective statement. Objective statements are a dated resume practice. They never help and can often hurt. Your objective should be made clear through your cover letter. Don't waste precious space talking about how this would be a great move for your career. Talk about your skills and accomplishments.
  • It gives details that quantify the value you bring to your employers. Every resume ever written talk about how great an applicant is. Let yours prove it. Numbers, statistics, and data prove your worth. Whether it be company growth, employee retention rates, or other successes, use your resume to talk about what you bring to the table, not just your job duties.
  • It provides a link to your LinkedIn profile. While your resume should be as concise as possible to clearly show your worth, your LinkedIn profile is not held to such constraints. Any details, older positions, or additional imformation you want to talk about that won't fit in a clear, concise resume format can be shared through your LinkedIn profile. Read more about networking with LinkedIn...

What makes a good Senior Management resume?

  • It uses action verbs. You need to use action verbs in your resume. They mean so much more than describing what you were responsible for. Your action verbs should be chosen based on what is important to your position and your career field. Some good examples of action verbs include: orchestrated, directed, developed, implemented, advised, and influenced.
  • It lists key strengths. This section can be used to summarize what you're best at to grab the reader's attention as well as provide an area to list important keywords to get you through the ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems).
  • It conserves space. A good resume uses bullet points, action verbs, and industry-specific keywords to clearly communicate your while saving precious space. Bullet points also serve to keep the page from being a hard-to-read, cluttered wall of text.
  • It leverages bold text to guide the reader's eye. A busy hiring manager will typically not read your resume from top to bottom right away. They will skim it for relevant content and see if you grab their attention. Bold text serves to draw their eye to important information and, just like correct us of bullet points, serves to organize all your information in a clear easy-to-read format.

What makes a good Student/Recent Graduate resume?

  • It avoids use of fancy fonts. Both ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) and busy hiring managers can find it difficult to draw relevant information through fancy fonts. You want to grab the reader's attention, but you need to do it in the right way. Avoid the fancy fonts and keep your resume clean, clear, and professional. Read more about resume styles...
  • The contact information stands out and is easy to locate. Your name, address, phone number, and email address are some of the most important pieces of information on your resume. It is how an interested employer will contact you to schedule an interview. Make sure this information is clear and easy to find. Also consider inlcuding links to your LinkedIn profile and any other web-based portfolios.
  • It demonstrates more than soft skills. While skills such as communication, leadership, and organization are important, tangible skills are key to successful resume writing. Use action verbs to describe what you've accomplished. And as a guide, try incorporating keywords and skills from the job ad for the posiition you're applying to.
  • The strengths and skills are easily noticed. It may be intimidating to write a recent graduate resume becasue you feel like you don't have enough information. Utilize bullet points, bold text, and effective use of white space to draw the reader's attention to your accomplishments.