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Taking Advantage of Resume Examples

It can be a challenge to determine exactly what information to include in your resume and what to omit. So, choosing the correct resume format is very important. Resume templates and resume builders are both great options to assist you in the process. But sometimes you just need to see some top resume examples.

Not all resume formats are created equal. There are three types of resume formats: chronological, functional and hybrid. Each format serves a different purpose and highlights certain parts of your career history. Be sure to do your research before deciding on a format and find resume examples that match the format you’re looking for.

Don't Copy Resume Examples

Resume examples and templates are a great resource for building your resume but it is important to think of them as a guideline, not a perfect match. Customize your resume with the most important professional information specific to you. Your goal should be to catch the eye of the hiring manager/recruiter with the content of your unique resume.

Use keywords (skills) to make your resume unique to you. Before sending your resume out to each company, take a close look at the job post to which you are applying. Ask yourself, “What are the most important qualifications for this job?“ “Which skills/keywords are mentioned more than once?”

Once you determine those keywords, add them to your own resume where they apply. Keywords are crucial for getting past applicant tracking systems (ATS). ATS are used by most major companies and are meant to search and organize your resume based on keywords. Many times, your resume will never be seen by the hiring manager/recruiter if it is not optimized for ATS. Or you could use Jobscan to help you automatically identify the most important keywords for you and get past the ATS.

Resume Examples by Industry

Resume structure and content may depend on the field for which you are applying. For example, a professor’s resume will look completely different than that a sales professional. Some professions, like education, even require a CV (curriculum vitae) instead of a resume. Find examples of other resumes in your field to research exactly what your resume should look like and include. We’ve compiled a list of the best resume examples for common professions.

Information Technology Resume Examples

In IT, your skills are as good as gold. They are the #1 most important element to your resume, so creating a “skills” section and including a summary statement to highlight them is a good idea.

Engineering Resume Examples

Don’t bother with a summary statement if you are applying for a job in engineering. A qualifications summary can be used if you feel the need, but keep it to a few sentences describing hard skills and accomplishments. The goal of your resume should be to keep it precise (a very important skill for an engineer) and to use the space wisely. Include a “projects” section separate from your work experience to make your accomplishments stand out.

Administrative Resume Examples

Your skills and proficiency will get you far when it comes to writing an administrative resume. Highlight your versatility in the workplace and your organization in all areas.

Accounting/Finance Resume Examples

Accounting and finance are both fields that put a big emphasis on education as well as experience. Pay careful attention to your education (including years of attendance and accolades) while building your resume.

Marketing/PR Resume Examples

Experience is key in Marketing and PR. Let your “experience” section be the focal point of your resume, and add in summary statement with specific skills and accomplishments to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Education Resume Examples

Teachers’ resumes should be well-rounded. It is good measure to include a summary statement listing any important impacts to curriculum or other projects, along with your education and work experience. Many employers require a “teaching philosophy” statement you can include in your summary. Also be sure to keep your resume updated with current trends in the field by adding keywords and specific techniques throughout.

Art/Design Resume Examples

Many professions within this field will require a portfolio or samples, so your resume should supplement those pieces with all the fixings, including skills, work experience, and a killer summary statement.

Resume Examples by Country

Your resume format and structure also depend on the country of the job you are applying to. For example, many European countries require a CV rather than a resume. If you are applying for a job out of country, do your research to make sure you are submitting the correct form of resume. Check out our examples of top-searched countries below.

Jobscan Learning Center The Jobscan Resume Learning Series

Part 1: Resume Writing Guide
How to write a resume that recruiters will love and is optimized for modern technology
Part 2: Resume Formats
Determining which common resume format is right for your professional experience (examples and downloads)
Part 3: Resume Templates
Download free resume templates and learn resume template best practices for your job search
Part 4: Resume Examples
Top resume examples and how to use them to create your own impactful resume

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