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A well-crafted resume is the foundation of a successful job search. It's through your resume, after all, that you make your first impression with a prospective employer. And if it's a good first impression (and if you're a fit for the job), chances are good that you'll be called in for an interview. So what makes for a good resume? The answer to that question may vary based on your particular career situation. But in general, effective resumes are succinct and easy to skim. They should include a professional summary that highlights your skills at the top, followed by sections that touch on work experience, relevant skills, and education.
Need some resume inspiration? You're in the right place. JobHero is home to the Web's most comprehensive library of resume samples. For each job title – from Accountant to Zookeeper, and everything in between – we provide several samples from the work experience sections of job-getting resumes. Use these resume samples to help decide what experience and accomplishments to include and highlight in your own resume, and how to present the information in a way that is compelling to employers.
Select a job category below to start exploring our collection of hundreds of thousands of high-quality resume samples. And for even more help, scroll down and check out our resume quick tips, as well as additional resources for cover letter samples, job descriptions, and other topics.
Resume Quick Tips
A hiring manager spends less than a minute looking at a resume – just six seconds, according to one study – before deciding whether a candidate might be a good fit for a position. So a resume has to make a big impact and do it quickly. To that end, we've put together this round up of top resume tips.
Tailor it to the Job
You don't need to start from scratch every time you send a resume. But it's worth the time to take a few minutes to align your resume with the job posting for your target job. This can include editing the professional summary section at the top of your resume to highlight your skills and experience that are most relevant to what the employer is looking for, or revising some of the wording you use in your resume to match with the language used in the job posting.
A prospective employer doesn't need an exhaustive list of everything you've done in a previous job. When describing your duties at a previous job, highlight your accomplishments and, whenever you're able to, quantify them with hard numbers. It's all good and well that you led a team of six salespeople, but it's a lot more powerful to say that sales for your team increased 50 percent under your leadership.
Make it Easy to Skim
As mentioned above, hiring managers don't spend much time looking at individual resumes. That's why it's important to stick to a simple, clean and easy-to-skim design. Incorporate clear subheadings and use bullet points to help a hiring manager easily navigate your resume.
Be sure to incorporate some of the keywords and phrases that appear in the job posting. If the employer uses an applicant tracking system, they will be searching for these keywords as they vet applications.
Use Active Language
Action words that get straight to the point, such as achieved, curated, managed and oversaw – just to name a few – make your resume more dynamic. So instead of: "Responsible for writing up to 10 articles per week," try, "Wrote up to 10 well-researched articles per week contributing to a consistent month-over-month increase in visitors to the site."
Misrepresenting yourself on your resume can result in a job offer being revoked. Or, if discovered later, it can lead to you getting fired. While you should try to present yourself as the best candidate for the job, you should do it accurately and honestly. Resist the temptation to pad your resume.
Proofreading seems like a given, but hiring managers still receive plenty of resumes with embarrassing typos and other errors. Don't just dash off your resume and send it. Once you're finished, step away from it for at least a few minutes and then come back and give it a thorough read for mistakes. Better yet – have someone else take a look. Fresh eyes are more likely to find errors.
Choose a Good File Name
When saving your resume, choose descriptive file name, rather than just "Resume." Work your name into the file name, such as "Larry Smith 2017 Resume."
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More Resume Resources
Looking for more resume help? Check out the following articles for more tips on crafting a great resume.
How to Write Your Resume Work Experience Section: The work experience section is one of the most important parts of your resume – it's where you establish that you have the right background for the job for which you are applying. This article provides pointers on putting together an effective work experience section, such as "Include measurable results of your work. If you increased the client base at your previous job, list it and put numbers to it."
3 Simple Steps to a Stellar Resume Skills Section: Similar to the experience section, your resume's skills section needs to communicate to a prospective employer that you have the skills to do the job. That means listing specific relevant skills in a logical order. Read this article to learn more.
How to Get Your Resume Past an ATS: Employers both large and small are increasingly turning to technology to help vet job candidates. Enter the applicant tracking system – a software application that looks for keywords and phrases on resumes to identify applicants that are a potential fit. Chances are that an ATS is going to scan your resume before a person ever takes a look at it. Check out this article for 9 tips for getting the thumbs up from the ATS so your resume can move on to a human for further review.
5 Career Change Resume Tips to Get You an Interview: When you are attempting a career change, your resume should highlight transferable skills and experience. This article offers several tips for crafting a career-change resume.
Don't Put References on a Resume – Do this Instead: Space on your resume is limited. Often including references (or "references available upon request") is a waste of valuable real estate. If the employer wants references, they'll ask. Check out this article for more on why you shouldn't include references on your resume and, better yet, what you should include instead.
Cover Letter Resources
Resumes and cover letters go hand in hand. In fact, it’s the job of a cover letter to get an employer interested enough in you as a candidate to take the time to look at your resume. Your cover letter should focus on just a few skills and accomplishments that are the most relevant to your target job. It should be succinct, include easy to scan bullet points to call out information and should always be customized to the specific job posting you are responding to. Looking for more cover letter help? JobHero has hundreds of job-specific cover letter samples.
Job Interview Resources
If your resume does its job, you'll be getting a call for a job interview. The key to a successful interview is preparation. That means learning all you can about the company and position, preparing answers to common interview questions and knowing your own career story inside and out. But you don't have to go it alone – we're here to help with some great job interview advice articles.
6 Tips for Your First Job Interview: A job interview can be an intimidating experience for anyone – even more so for someone headed in for their first ever job interview. The best thing you can do to calm your nerves is to be well prepared. See this article for more. See this article for more.
Use the STAR Method to Shine at Your Next Interview: Job interviews are less about answering questions and more about telling career stories that demonstrate that you have the right background for the job. The STAR method – situation, task, action, result – offers a great framework for telling your career stories. Learn about how to use it in this article.
How to Ace a Phone Interview: Much of what we communicate is nonverbal, and that can make over-the-phone job interviews challenging. Nonetheless, chances are you'll have at least one phone interview during the hiring process for a job. Check out this article for five tips for having a great phone interview.
Hiring Managers Share Their Top Interview Mistakes: We wanted to know hiring managers' biggest interview pet peeves, so we asked them. This article covers nine interview-killing missteps that job candidates make, such as showing up late or not asking questions.
How to Write an Interview Follow Up Email: Ostensibly, a job interview follow up email is a note to thank the interviewers for their time – and that's true. But a follow up email can be so much more. Read this article to find out how to use your follow up email as a way to further demonstrate your enthusiasm and fit for the job. Also included: things to avoid in your follow up.