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Does anyone have an example of a perfectly set up resume?

Asked by crazyzo2000 (288points) April 11th, 2010

I’m trying to refine my current resume, and I’d love to know some key things it should definitely include. I plan on applying to a small animal accessory boutique for the summer. I’ve had experience at Target as a cashier, and during the school year I work as a graphic designer on my campus.

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dpworkin's avatar

Do you have Microsoft Word? There are many templates as exemplars on line. They are free to use, and you may find one that suits your purposes. I just used one to do my resume for graduate school, and I was accepted!

crazyzo2000's avatar

Yeah I was looking at some, but there are just so many! I wasn’t sure which ones were the best. I’ll keep perusing.

dpworkin's avatar

May I suggest the simplest ones, without graphics? There is one called “Elegant Resume” which looks very handsome, and seems to be complete.

crazyzo2000's avatar

Is it typical to always have an objective in your resume?

zophu's avatar

I’ve read a lot of articles written by random people on the internet about resumes, and these random people usually say to not use microsoft’s templates because they’re too generic. But, I don’t know how big a deal that really is.

zophu's avatar

Keep the info about yourself and your experience that is not especially relevant to the position short but inspiring.

I wrote an essay about how I wanted to “make it” in the world and called that a resume once. I got hired for the crap job, but I was lectured about what a resume is supposed to be, which is an ad for my soul apparently.

dpworkin's avatar

You may omit an objective, unless you really have one. If you know what your objective is, put it in. I have been told by HR people that “generic” resumes are actually more desirable, because they tend to be more businesslike, and less decorative. They react to what you say, not which fonts you use in combination.

syz's avatar

I can tell you what not to do. I recently received a resume that used little hearts as bullet points!

The generic forms are fine as long as your resume looks crisp and professional. Unless you really need filler, minimize the personal information (like hobbies and interest, etc).

Check you cover letter for accuracy. I also recently received a resume that said how excited the applicant would be to work at such a prestigious facility – and then listed our competitor.

dpworkin's avatar

Oh. Also, may I suggest you invest in really good 100% rag bond in a very simple slightly off-white color? Good paper feels good in the hands, and is memorable.

crazyzo2000's avatar

@syz haha, oh no! That’s so embarrassing. They should have been paying more attention to their editing! I always have someone else look at my writing before I send it out.

CaptainHarley's avatar

A resume should be personal to you and specific to the position you’re seeking. Using a template or following an example too closely will make it look unoriginal. The entire purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. Adapt your resume to the specific job and you’ll automatically have a leg up on those who don’t. Keep in mind that most personnel offices get thousands of resumes a week, and sometimes daily. They look for reasons to reject based on spelling, layout, quality of paper, lack of a cover letter, poor syntax, employment history gaps, etc.

jo_with_no_space's avatar

Can I suggest you install the StumbleUpon toolbar? There are different topics you can select as your interests, and “Stumbling” will bring up webpages that are related to the interests you have selected – well, one of the interests is “Career Development”. Stumbling this topic can provide a lot of very useful sites with information re different CV templates, the different CV types preferred in different industry sectors, etc.

Oh, PS: CV=resume. (It stands for curriculum vitae, Latin. We don’t use the word resume in my parts)

zophu's avatar

StumbleUpon is where I found all of the “Don’t use Microsoft Word for your resume!” But it’s a great service and searching the career development topic should bring up some good results, like @jo_with_no_space says.

wundayatta's avatar

The format for a resume really doesn’t matter, except that it allows you to provide as much relevant information about you in the fastest time possible. I.e., don’t waste space with filler material and less relevant stuff.

What you want to do is to tell your story. Whatever format that allows you to tell your story most effectively is what you want. You should find out what kinds of things people working at small animal boutiques do. Is it a sales position? Is it just being a clerk? Will you need to decorate the store?

Think of all the things that would make someone good in that position—being early and opening the store. Staying late to close it. Loving people and being good at interacting with them. Loving rodents, lizards, and tarantulas. Of course, being efficient and knowledgeable.

You resume should show all these things. What did you do as a cashier that really shows your customer service expertise? What shows you like rodents and other critters?

List out all your assets for this position, organize them by importance, and then find a way to tell your story so the most important stuff comes first.

I can’t tell you how many useless resumes I see. They don’t show me what someone can do. They just list things. If you stay away from lists and put even the barest hint of your story in your resume, you will stand out completely.

mattbrowne's avatar

Don’t aim for perfection. It will make you look suspicious. Good enough is good enough.

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