How to Create a Dynamic Resume for a Job Hunting Edge

Learning From a Sample Resume

Getting hired for a job can be extremely challenging, these days, so you need to look into a sample resume and learn from it. In order to stand out from a sea of competition, resumes should be able to perform the necessary advertising for you. You need to spend a great deal of time with what other countries call a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or bio data; it is your passport to successfully clinching the position you have been dreaming of for a very long time.

Having a sample resume around to use as a pattern can go a long way:

*The sample resume will enable you to craft your resumes even before an opportunity presents itself, as opposed to coming up with one at the last minute.

*Many employers have the habit of only looking at the first ten or twenty resumes that they can manage to print out at a given time in between attending office meetings.

*Employers are susceptible to the power of first impression, which means that they are already making deductions regarding your character, personality and competence long before they meet you face to face.

*There should be a separate version for the different positions that you are applying for. For example, you may be applying for multiple positions such as customer service associate, technical support representative, sales associate if you believe that you possess the credentials for these positions.

In order to fully understand how it’s done, you need to look at the common ingredients of successful resumes and these are:

*The name and contact information;

*Objective;

*Highlights of qualifications;

*Skills and abilities;

*Work experience; and,

*Work references.

Of course, it helps to select a professional looking typeface and font for resumes, as well as quality paper, in case you have to provide a hard copy. Even though an increasing number of companies prefer the paperless process, it’s always good to have a sample resume in paper version around just in case. Sometimes, Human Resources may ask you to bring a copy, even though you already posted your resume online.

In order to visualize how the different elements of a successful resume look or work together, here’s a sample resume:



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Whether you work in the construction industry or any other industry, you can count on a sample resume to speed up the resume creation. | Source

Sample Resume 1

Richie Mogwai

778.265.4227 • richie.mogwai@gmail.com

Objective: To find a position in the service industry that can help keep me active while earning income.

Highlights of Qualifications

Over two years of experience as a cashier

Eight years of hands-on experience in customer service

Proven ability to deliver fast counter service and prevent lineups proactively

Strong aptitude for new technology and continuous learning

Professional • Accountable • Flexible • Positive attitude

Skills & Abilities

Cashiering:

Demonstrated ability to operate the cash register in an efficient manner

Proficiency in multitasking

Able to explain product features from the benefits point of view

Proven ability to establish rapport with the customer while maintaining till accuracy

Customer Service:

Actual, daily experience in delivering exceptional service

Expertise in making the customer smile, feel valued and appreciated

Ability to implement a successful promotional campaign


Work Experience

Special Services Associate, The Home Depot 2011-Oct 2012

Sales Associate and Canada Post Clerk, 7-Eleven 2010

Traffic Accident Advisor, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, Richmond BC Jan-May 2010

Classified Sales Agent, Trader Corporation, Burnaby BC 2007-2009

Technical Support Representative, ClientLogic, Toronto ON 2005-2006

Customer Care Associate, Rogers/Sprint Canada, Toronto ON 1998-2004

Telemarketer, S&P Data, Toronto ON 1997-1998


Volunteer Experience

Telethon Agent, Special Olympics, Toronto ON 2001 & 2002

English Instructor, Centre for Victims of Torture, Toronto ON 2001


Work References


Nathalie Pershaud, Manager, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, tel. no. 604-900-8921

Sarah Edwards, Human Resources Manager, The Home Depot, 604-750-9901

Angela Edfield, Manager, The Home Depot, 604-542-2922

Evelyn Penn, Manager, 7-Eleven, 604-438-7000


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What a Sample Resume Can Do for You

Now it’s time to examine the different parts of the sample resume in the detail:

*Your name and contact information comes first.

*There is no room for the address in the sample resume, and that is because it’s passe to indicate your address in the modern resume.

*The email address, however, is important to mention. It must have your first and last name.

*The job objective, is still useful to have around. This is because it projects the impression that you have a clear sense of career direction.

*Keep the objective short, and in one sentence. It should be clear and forceful.

*The highlights of qualifications portion as well as skills and abilities are advertising vehicles that forcefully communicate your professional assets, instead of making the employer second-guess your competencies.

*The work experience section is not enough to sell yourself. It is supposed to be a cold, objective enumeration of your tenure and you will want to be accurate and honest about it all.

*Make sure your work references are updated and that these people have been informed that they might be called in reference to your application.

Now it’s time to take a look at another sample resume, this time for a retail sales position:


Sample Resume 2

Richie Mogwai

778.265.4227 • richie-mogwai@gmail.com


Objective: To find a position at the Home Depot in Calgary that can take full advantage of my extensive experience in cashiering, customer service and direct selling.


Highlights of Qualifications


Over two years of experience as a cashier

Eight years of hands-on experience in customer service

Proven ability to deliver fast counter service and prevent lineups proactively

Strong aptitude for new technology and continuous learning

Professional • Accountable • Flexible • Positive attitude


Skills & Abilities


Cashiering:

Demonstrated ability to operate the cash register in an efficient manner

Proficiency in multitasking

Able to explain product features from the benefits point of view

Proven ability to establish rapport with the customer while maintaining till accuracy


Customer Service:

Actual, daily experience in delivering exceptional service

Expertise in making the customer smile, feel valued and appreciated

Ability to implement a successful promotional campaign


Post Office Skills:

Proficient in the Canada Post database system

Demonstrated mastery of postal meters and rates

Clear and friendly communicator of postal packages and shipping options

Unique ability to adapt to changes in the postal system


Work Experience


Special Services Associate, The Home Depot 2011-Oct. 2012

Sales Associate and Canada Post Clerk, 7-Eleven 2010

Freelance Writer, IFreelance.com, http://www.ifreelance.com/pro/69208 2001-2009

Traffic Accident Advisor, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, Richmond BC Jan-May 2010

Classified Sales Agent, Trader Corporation, Burnaby BC 2007-2009

Technical Support Representative, ClientLogic, Toronto ON 2005-2006

Customer Care Associate, Rogers/Sprint Canada, Toronto ON 1998-2004

Telemarketer, S&P Data, Toronto ON 1997-1998


Volunteer Experience

Telethon Agent, Special Olympics, Toronto ON 2001 & 2002

English Instructor, Centre for Victims of Torture, Toronto ON 2001


Work References


Nathalie Pershaud, Manager, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, tel. no. 604-900-8921

Sarah Edwards, Human Resources Manager, The Home Depot, 604-750-9901

Angela Edfield, Manager, The Home Depot, 604-542-2922

Evelyn Penn, Manager, 7-Eleven, 604-438-7000


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You need to craft killer resumes especially in the retail industry in order to even out the odds for you.
You need to craft killer resumes especially in the retail industry in order to even out the odds for you. | Source

Learning from a Resume Sample

Notice how the sample resume belongs to the same person, yet changes have been made to the objective, highlights of qualifications, and the skill set portions. Of course, how you develop these aspects will depend to a great extent on what the job ad is asking for in terms of the required qualifications.

If you don’t do a good job of customizing this section, there’s a good chance that you will not get the job because the needs of the employer do not align with the credentials that you possess. It is rather like shoes, they must fit. Here’s another sample resume of the same person, but this time, it’s geared more towards the technical support and customer service field.


Sample Resume 3

Richie Mogwai

778.265.4227 • richie-mogwai@gmail.com • Web Site


Objective: To complement my current writing job with a technical support or customer service position that can capitalize on my previous experience and knowledge gained from writing over the years.


Highlights of Qualifications


Over three years of Web content writing experience

Up-to-date and sharp grasp of English grammar, punctuation and usage

One-year inbound technical support experience with cellular phones and Smart phones

Over six years of inbound customer service experience in landline telephony

Strong aptitude for new technology and continuous learning

Professional • Accountable • Flexible • Positive attitude


Skills & Abilities


Content Writing:

Demonstrated ability to write about any topic on a tight deadline

Proficiency in self-editing and proofreading

Able to write content with a fresh approach and perspective

Proven ability to develop original and content-rich copy

Actual experience with writing SEO articles (more than three years, The Content Authority)

Strong interest in writing about travel, skin care, fashion, technological gadgets, and environmental issues

Excellent verbal and written skills due to extensive writing background


Inbound Technical Support:

Expertly troubleshoot cellular and Smart phone issues over the phone from the first call to the last call of a customer

Experience with implementing one-call resolution and applying it in appropriate situations

Proven in-call success with implementing advertising and marketing campaigns

Demonstrated knack for sticking to procedures in managing inbound calls


Customer Service Skills:

Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Internet and Email

Strong ability to adapt to all kinds of customer databases and operate them with ease and confidence

Clear and friendly communicator

Unique ability to manage irate customers and turn around their dissatisfaction

Proven as well as highly commended ability to funnel a call, empathize with the customer and gain their full confidence and support


Work Experience


Tier 2 Writer, TheContentAuthority.com 2010-present

Special Services Associate, The Home Depot 2011-2012

Freelance Writer, http://www.ifreelance.com/pro/69208 2001-2009

Traffic Accident Advisor, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, Richmond BC Jan-May 2010

Classified Sales Agent, Trader Corporation, Burnaby BC 2007-2009

Technical Support Representative, ClientLogic, Toronto ON 2005-2006

Customer Care Associate, Rogers/Sprint Canada, Toronto ON 1998-2004

Telemarketer, S&P Data, Toronto ON 1997-1998


Professional References


Nathalie Pershaud, Manager, 2010 Olympic Games VANOC, tel. no. 604-900-8921

Sarah Edwards, Human Resources Manager, The Home Depot, 604-750-9901

Angela Edfield, Manager, The Home Depot, 604-542-2922

Evelyn Penn, Manager, 7-Eleven, 604-438-7000

Nancy Concio, Manager/Director, Rogers/Sprint Canada, tel. no. 1-416-476-1644, 1-416-476-6660


A Resume Template Can Help Speed up the Job Application Process

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With a resume template as a guide, you're on your way to applying for a job. | Source

A Resume Sample Goes a Long Way

A good way of looking at the whole resume production process is to think of it as made up of both moving and static parts.

*The static or unchanging parts are your name and contact information, and your work experience.

*The moving or changing portions of the sample resume are your objective; highlights of qualifications; skills and abilities; and, work references.

*The last item, work references can change because you might add, delete or change your references depending on your own circumstances.

*Condense everything into one page since employers have a very short attention span. If there is still way too much text to fit a page, try making the fonts smaller, but not too small that the reader has to squint to read your information.

In crafting dynamic resumes, don’t forget that you are making it easier for your future employer to make the decision to hire you. By all means, you are more than welcome to revisit the collection of sample resume presented here at any time, so you can continue to pick up precious tips that did not occur to you the first time. Every sample resume presented here is unformatted so it's up to you to style it with, say, bolding or some specialized spacing. It’s easier to work from a raw sample resume than one which is highly stylized already.


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