Thursday, June 12, 2008

Free Resume Samples

Free Sample Resumes and Free Cover Letters

Everyone loves to see free resume samples, so we'll show you ours. When you look at a draft of your resume for the first time, you should be able to say "I'd hire me." If you can't say that, maybe you should hire us.

Below are free sample resumes from our staff for you to view. After looking them over I’m sure you will agree that they are:

Get the message out quickly and efficiently
Formatted beautifully to get someone to stop and read it (you have less than 15 seconds to make that first impression count. If not, they will throw it away)
Realize that you need us to write it for you to get that interview (resume preparation goes anywhere from $200.00-$650.00 depending on length and complexity of the document). You get an exact quote BEFORE you make a decision.

Here are some really important tips (you'll see them in our free resume samples):

1. Appearances Count -- Don't try to save money by printing onto a cheap copy paper instead of good quality stock. Check for typos, grammatical errors and coffee stains. Use the spellcheck feature on your word processor. Ask a friend to review the resume.

2. Does Size Matter? -- If your career warrants a two-page resume, then go ahead and create a document that reflects the full range of your experience and accomplishments.

3. Truth or Consequences -- Don't fudge over dates or titles to hide the fact that you have been unemployed, that you switched jobs too frequently or that you held low-level positions.

4. State Your Case -- If you are seeking a job in a field in which you have no prior experience, don't use a chronological format. By using a functional or skills-oriented format, you can present your relevant experience and skills up front.

5. Put Your Best Foot Forward -- Don't simply copy the job description jargon from your company's HR manual. To show that you are more qualified than the competition for the positions you are seeking, you need to do more than simply list your job responsibilities. Present specific accomplishments and achievements: percentages increased, accounts expanded, awards won, etc.

6. No Excuses -- Don't include the reasons you are no longer working at each job listed. The phrases "Company sold," "Boss was an idiot" and "Left to make more money" should be avoided.

7. What Have You Done Lately? -- While it is certainly acceptable to have a two-pager, don't list every single job you've ever held. Personnel managers are most interested in your experience from the last 10 years, so focus on your most recent and most relevant career experience.

8. No Extra Papers, Please -- When you send out your resume, don't include copies of transcripts, letters of recommendation or awards, unless you are specifically asked to do so. If you are called in for an interview, you may bring these extra materials along in your briefcase for show-and-tell.

9. Don't Get Personal -- Don't include information on your marital status, age, race, family or hobbies.

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