Published at Thursday, 03 October 2019. Resume Sample. By Jennine Gimenez.
I want functional resume samples so I can write resumes that get me in for the interview'. Nothing wrong with that statement. The trouble is that for many of us, a cursory glance over some functional resume samples that have proven to work may still not convince us that there's anything wrong with the resume we always like to write. We are the worst possible people to vet our own resume, as we lived that job history and we can only ever read our work subjectively. The hard-pressed HR person at the other end of your resume's journey will see just words on a page, and maybe an embarrassing passport photo attached.
You don't know where that resume sample's been. Yes, I know. I sound like I'm channeling a mother scolding a child to take that stick (or pencil, or shoe, or toilet plunger) out of his mouth. But sometimes, mothers know best. In the case of the free resume samples you might uncover on the internet, there's no telling how many times that text has been copied and pasted onto documents. In other words, you don't know where it's been. If a hiring manager has seen the exact same objective and summary language on six resumes that have come across his desk that morning, how do you think he'll react when he sees your document duplicating the same text all over again? Not favorably, I suspect.
Match & Map Your Skills To Their Needs, Always match your skills to the needs of the job you are applying for. If their job requires customer service skills, be sure you have that skill and list it on your resume. If you do not have a skill the employer is looking for then try to map the skills you do have to the one they desire. For example, if the employer wants someone experienced in Microsoft Word and you have not used Word then think about what you have used. Maybe you have used Word Perfect or Open Office Writer. If so, be sure to write this down! You can include it like this: Experienced in Open Office Writer (very similar to Microsoft Word). If you follow the good resume samples above, you will do a much better job of showing how qualified you are. Remember, this is the whole point of your resume: to get the employer's attention and show them you are a great fit for their needs. If you do this you should be granted an interview.
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