Home: Sample Resumes
This section of our website will help you write a winning resume or CV that gets you in front of interviewers for the job you want.
You'll quickly discover:
REMEMBER: CVs and resumes, if done well, do exactly the same as job application forms - they get you the interview.
If done badly, it's GAME OVER!
So if you're applying for a senior role or a job where the competition is expected to be fierce, do think about having your resume or CV professionally written.
There are many companies who will write a resume for you and here are some. Otherwise ask a friend or colleague to recommend one or do your own research to find the right one for you. In our professional opinion, there really is no substitute for a professionally written CV or resume.
You don't have to spend a lot of money and the advantages of a professionally crafted CV or resume far outweigh the costs of having one done (and if it gets you the job, the cost won't really matter). Our sample resumes will help you see the difference.
We receive between 25-65 CVs/resumes for each of our job vacancies and only about 30% are professionally written. Those that are stand out because they:
There's some examples of good CV here and our sample resumes will help you see the difference too.
The only exception we'd make to recommending a professional resume is for entry level (e.g. trainee/apprentice) jobs or lower skilled jobs where the requirement for this level of professionalism is less. But if you can gain an advantage by doing something that no-one else does, why not, whatever job you are going for?
We understand you might not want to pay for a professional CV or resume so here's advice to help you avoid common CV and resume mistakes and write one that wins interviews:
Using Resume and CV Templates
Do a quick search of the internet and you'll find an array of resume and CV templates, many free. But before you get carried away, read our advice on when, and when NOT to use CV templates. And if using one is right for you, we have a free template for CV you can download.
Writing Your Resume or CV
Then there's Part 2 of how to write a CV or resume which includes advice on the various CV sections you must have, how to write about your 'achievements' in your CV or resume and whether or not to include job references.
If you're in a hurry, check out our top tips for writing a resume.
Your Personal Summary or Objective
This is usually the most important section of your resume or CV and needs special attention. Read our Resume Objective Help which tells you what to include and take a look at our 5 resume objective examples too.
Of all the mistakes we see on sample resumes and CVs, misuse of apostrophes is the most common. Read our advice on using apostrophes so you don't fall into this trap.
Resume and CV Lie
Many people think it's ok to lie on their resume or CV and a lot of people do it. Read our advice about resume and CV lies before making up your own mind.
Some Light Relief!
By now you're due a break. Take a moment out and have a laugh at these CV Funnies.
At the start we promised you some sample resumes and CVs so you can see what good and bad CVs and resumes look like.