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Table of Contents

  1. Get Hired Using These Resume Examples
  2. Specific Resume Examples Across 30 Industries
  3. 3 Fast Resume Writing Takeaways
  4. 10 Resume Writing Myths

Our resume examples are a powerful way to beat writer’s block. With over 10 years of helping job seekers, we’ve designed the best resume examples available. Take the ‘resume shortcut’ and apply lessons from another jobseeker’s successful search so you can get the interview and get hired faster. It’s how our users get hired 33% faster* using our resume examples.

Specific Resume Examples Across 30 Industries

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3 Fast Resume Writing Takeaways

1. Treat your resume as a living, breathing document regardless of whether you are looking for a job or already have one.

Adapt it. Tweak it. Make multiple versions. Experiment with variations. See how it plays with a company very different from your last one. Learn from what works on your job search and what doesn’t. And always be sure to update it when you learn a new skill, gain proficiency in a new area, or start feeling comfortable with a new responsibility.

2. Treat your resume writing time as “me time.”

You know that you are ready for the job search when you read your own resume and feel that spark of true confidence.

And yes, it takes time to find your voice and feel natural. But if you are going to spend a lot of time on a resume, don’t spend it on procrastinating. Focus on finding that confidence. Once you do that, your determination will reveal itself in your resume.

3. Apply the squint test.

Hold your resume at arm’s length, and then squint. What is still visible? That is what others will likely see when they scan your resume.

If you don’t like what you see, then change your resume as needed. Start by organizing your information differently. Simply placing a certain skill in a new spot could make all the difference! If that doesn’t work, then tackle the content itself. What do you need to convey that you can’t see?

10 Resume Writing Myths

Now you’ve gotten on the right track with some good resume examples. You’re on a path that begins with quality writing time, and leads to your first interviews. And you have some powerful tools to help keep your job search productive.

The sooner you have a good resume in hand, the sooner you’ll start getting calls from employers wanting to meet the person behind the resume. Don’t let common resume myths break your stride. Here are a few that tend to confuse jobseekers:


MYTH: “Nobody will read my resume”

Wrong. Actually, 100% of resumes get read, either by a computer or a human. Yes, most will get screened out by the applicant tracking system, but only after scanning for important qualifications. Instead of cursing the system, assume you will get the same few seconds of time that everyone else gets at the very beginning. Make those few seconds count!


MYTH: “I don’t have to write for the computer. If I am good enough, someone will get it.”

Depending on the opening, there may be dozens, if not hundreds of other applicants. The recruiter must start cutting someplace, and that someplace is going to be resume keywords. It is worth your time to learn some of the techniques for using resume keywords. But for now, start thinking of keywords as passwords that let you in, not watchwords that keep you out.


MYTH: “I can get past the gatekeepers if I load up on the right keywords in my resume.”

Wrong! Recruiters these days are very savvy in business, technology, and job seeker behavior. Their system for bringing in talent earns them great respect with hiring managers. One thing both despise more than anything else is job seekers trying to pick the lock. They can spot the keyword ruse easily. And when they do, your chances of having the gate open for you drop to zero.


MYTH: “Listing my past job responsibilities is all that they need to know about me.”

That was true in the last century. But in 2017, the name of the game is describing your accomplishments so that they tell a story. And that story is the value you bring to the organization.

Job responsibilities are things someone else told you to do so you wouldn’t get fired. Accomplishments show a pattern of accepting challenges, taking actions, and achieving results. They are the things you do well, and likewise make the business run wel


MYTH: “A resume should be a complete job history.”

Wrong. It should be a relevant job history. Everything in your resume should speak to the specific job description. These contents should speak for themselves. Nothing should be included that causes the recruiter or interviewer to wonder why it’s there. Your opportunities vanish the moment that they run into a distraction.


MYTH: “My resume can just be a duplicate of my LinkedIn profile.”

No. The two serve different purposes. To a recruiter reviewing your resume and then looking at your LinkedIn profile, the message should be, “there’s a lot more about me you’re going to like!” It should not say, “I am too lazy to do anything except cut and paste.”

A resume is a disciplined and focused document. Its purpose is to request an interview with an employer. It contains information relevant to a specific role, and affirms an active interest in that role.

A LinkedIn profile does none of this. It is not specific to any role. Often it contains information irrelevant to a job seeker’s candidacy. Ideally, it should amplify your resume.


MYTH: “A good resume should be kept to just one page.”

Some job seekers get carried away with this one. We’ve all heard stories of people trying to jam decades of experience onto just one page. Some have resorted to a 6-point font, while others have squashed lines so close together that no white space was left. Whatever the case, the resume was unreadable. That’s the last thing you want.

A resume should always be comfortable to read. In most cases it should be no longer that two pages using standard font sizes and spacing. What’s important is to make sure the first page contains everything the employer needs to know about you.

Why? Sometimes the second page gets separated, or corrupted by the ATS. More often though, the person reading it is squeezed for time. Whatever the case, it bears repeating: The first page should always tell a full story.


MYTH: “It takes a really long time to write a good resume.”

Good things always take time, no question. But remember, on a resume you are talking about a subject you know more about than anyone: yourself! Talking about yourself should come naturally. It shouldn’t frustrate you or leave you speechless.

If you struggle to talk about yourself, then look to resume examples for help. Start by using resume examples to frame your accomplishments and put them in the right order.

A good resume shouldn’t take excessive time. Writing should flow easily and not feel forced. The minute you find yourself procrastinating, stop and get help from resume examples!


MYTH: “Procrastination, though not ideal, won’t hurt your chances to find a great new job.”

A 2013 study found that procrastinating limited the number of job opportunities for new grads seeking work. In fact, the team found that if you delay creating a resume, then you’ll get fewer of those crucial first and second round interviews. And we don’t have to tell you that fewer interviews mean few job opportunities.

For too many job seekers, the biggest source of procrastination is writing the resume. Try to get in the habit of updating your resume regularly, even if you’re not searching for a job. That will help you in the long run.


MYTH: “It’s safer to include references in your resume, just in case.”

Not in the least. Employers assume that you have references. Furthermore, they don’t need references until they reach the final stage of the hiring process. By then, employers may not refer to your resume because they already made their decisions

Another reason why you shouldn’t place references in your resume? You’ll waste valuable resume real estate. Take your references out of your resume and make space for your skills and achievements.


1 Based on a survey of 322 respondents who canceled the service because they had found a job. Calculation was made based on average annual pay (pre-tax) and how much faster, in average, respondents were able to get hired with My Perfect Resume’s help.