accounting, auditing, tax
administrative, office work, clerk, receptionist, coordinator, customer service
arts, media, writing, editing, communication, design
lending, trust management, investment banking, retail banking
child care, elementary education, language, physical education, sports
mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering
finance, investing, planning, analysis, insurance, economy
restaurant, bar, hotel, travel & tourism, entertainment, event management
government, public organizations, non-profit, military
healthcare, dental, optician, nursing, mental health
real estate, housing, property management, interior design
HR, payroll, compensation, recruiting
management, professional services, analysis
marketing, advertising, product development
sales, business development, retail sales, call center, telemarketing
security, police, investigation, military, defense, intelligence, crisis management, anti-terrorism
student, internship, new graduate, graduate school, college admission
supply chain, logistics, distribution, planning, merchandising, procurement
IT, networking, software, telecom, web, multimedia, sciences
Resume Samples... Where to Begin?
If you've decided to write your resume yourself, one of the first things you've probably done (and this may explain why you're reading this) is to browse the Web for "resume samples" or "resume examples." After all, why reinvent the wheel? It doesn't hurt to see what others have done, right? Actually, looking at other resumes may do you more harm than good, if you're not ready.
Looking at other resume samples should not be a shortcut to writing your resume, but instead should be done to validate what you've written. Writing a resume takes time. You need to reflect on your education, accomplishments, work experience, etc., and put all this together in a way that is coherent and compelling. You don't need external input at this stage yet.
Comparing Your Draft Resume With the Resume Samples Out There
Once you are done with a good draft of your resume, then you may go online, see what others have done and compare your resume. What have others done that you like or dislike? Where can you improve your resume? Looking at other resume samples when you are done with a draft of your resume will allow you to be more critical.
Seen Enough? Time to Revise Your Resume
Go back to your draft and rework your resume. Did you miss a section? Can you improve your summary of qualifications? Did you sell yourself enough? How does the layout of your resume compare with others? Spend the time it takes to revamp your resume and make it perfect.
All the time you spent working on your resume is not wasted. It will only help you be more genuine and authentic as you talk about yourself at the job interview.