Resume Samples

Knowing where to start can make the process of writing a resume much easier and much less stressful. To help guide you through the resume process, we’ve created hundreds of samples for a variety of jobs to give you a starting point. From sales to nursing and from entry level up to CEO, we have resume samples you can look to for guidance as you begin to create your own resume. Browse through our quick reference guide on creating your resume then browse our samples by job type below. Once you know where you want to begin, take a look at our templates to get started.
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What are the components of a resume?

A stellar resume is usually composed of all of the following, though some pieces are optional:
  • A header with your name and contact information
  • A summary or objective statement
  • Your relevant work experience
  • Your educational background
  • Computer and/or language proficiencies
  • Skills that are relevant or necessary to your job
  • Interests, professional organizations or volunteer organizations
Keep in mind that most resumes should be between one and two pages, so you may need to choose your relevant work experience carefully and may not have room to list all of your skills, interests or organizations. Prioritize which is the most relevant to the job and will help you stand out as the most qualified candidate.
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Header

This one is pretty obvious, but it couldn’t be more important to get right. Your header should display your name, e-mail and phone number. There’s no need to include pictures (in most cases) and never include your Social Security Number.

Summary or objective statement

Sometimes you may want a quick statement to sum up your resume, so you would use a summary. This is typically a brief, one-sentence statement that sums up the information the hiring manager will find in your resume. For a more direct approach, include an objective statement. This (also brief) statement describes exactly what you intend to accomplish by submitting your resume — land a new job.

Relevant work experience

The most important part of any resume is your relevant work experience. No matter how you organize this section, you’ll want to include your work history that is most relevant to the job to which you are applying. Include the companies for which you worked, your responsibilities, your accomplishments, and the time you worked at each company. You may not necessarily include your entire work history if you’ve been in the workforce for a while, but you should always include the most relevant and most recent jobs.

Educational background

This section can vary from resume to resume. For an entry level position, you would include your highest level of education, both where you studied and the details of your degree or diploma, and sometimes relevant coursework. When you have plenty of work experience, you can keep this section very brief, just stating where you studied, when and what degree you earned.

Computer and/or language proficiencies

Most jobs nowadays require proficiencies in some types of software programs. This is the section where you would list all the software competencies or computer languages and proficiency in each. Should you speak more than one language, you could also include that here.

Skills

Before you complete this section, look at the job description for the job to which you are applying. Does your work experience cover all the skills outlined in the description? If not, be sure to highlight the skills you have that the position calls for. You can even emphasize some of the skills you mention in your work experience.

Interests and organizations

If you belong to any professional organizations relevant to the job you want, this is where you would list them. You can also list volunteer organizations and any leadership positions you hold at these organizations. Also, if you have any special interests that may help your resume be more memorable, you can include them here.

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