Published at Saturday, 02 November 2019. Resume Sample. By Yolonda Charlet.
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 if the sample you're tempted to copy was even effective. Here's a question: if you copy text straight from a lousy resume, what does that make your resume? There's a reason for the old axiom, garbage in, garbage out. Unless you have it on good authority that some particular resume sample is a real gem, it's just as likely a lump of coal. The trouble is, many folks who aren't trained in resume writing simply can't tell just by looking at a resume if it satisfies all the criteria that hiring officials are looking for. Is it formatted for maximum benefit of the candidate's qualifications? Is it keyword rich? Does it demonstrate subtle branding techniques that set the candidate apart from his/her competitors? Is it sufficiently promotional without seeming biased?
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.
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