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Resume Writing Examples – my secret recipe

I promised I would show you what template I use for many of the resume writing projects I work on.  You will see it DOES NOT include on objective statement.  No one cares what your objective is.  All they care about is can you do the job they are looking to fill.  Give specific examples of success you have had at your job.  The job description is not as important as the successes you had.  This is just one of the resume writing examples I have to share.  There are many variations to it but if one works, why search for others.

Resume Base Format

Name (large font and bold)

Address, phone number(s), email


One Job Title (closely related to job applying to or exactly)


Bulleted list of Key Terms  ·  Pulled From  ·  Job Descriptions

  Overview of Experience  ·  Related ONLY to Job  ·  Applying For

Paragraph consisting of 3 or 4 sentences which include additional key terms, industries, overall successes, overall description of your professional career.  Don’t use the same type of words everyone else uses such as “dedicated professional”, “people person”, “team player”, etc here.  Use this paragraph to show your ability to summarize who you are as a professional with pizzazz. 


Professional Experience


COMPANY NAME IN CAPS, City, State                                                           (Year) to (Year)

(One line company description…it adds depth to the company even if the company name is familiar)

Job Title 1:  (year to year) (Also, in some cases this can change for each resume based upon job description you are applying for – ie. similar terminology – Sales or Account Manager).  In addition, include a 2 or 3 line paragraph providing a description of the daily job activities.

  • 3 or 4 bullets of accomplishments or achievements
  • Be creative on successes AND relate them to the job you are applying for. 

Job Title 2 (if same company):  (year to year) (Also, in some cases this can change for each resume based upon job description you are applying for – ie. similar terminology – Sales or Account Manager).  In addition, include a 2 or 3 line paragraph providing a description of the daily job activities.

  • 3 or 4 bullets of accomplishments or achievements
  • Be creative on successes AND relate them to the job you are applying for. 

(Copy same format for each job you had…you may want to not include a job or two if they were very short duration or if you did it part time with another job)

Other Experience

(You may have a separate section of “Other Experience” if you want to separate some work you performed for some reason)

Education and Training

School Name; City, State (bold) typically do not include date

Degree received 

Additional RELEVANT training, classes, computer knowledge, experience

That is it.  Fill in the blanks and make changes to it for EVERY job you apply for.  Don’t be lazy and just send one resume to a bunch of different jobs.  Alter it for every one of them.

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Resume Samples and Examples

Resume examples and samples are good to review when completing your resume.  Most of us need these “cheat sheets” or “crib notes” to help us jump-start the resume writing process.  Yes I know I have used them before too.  They do help.  But before you start pulling great lines from other resumes, make sure they apply to the jobs you are applying for.  That’s right the jobs you are applying for.   Many people pull out cool sounding lines and then tweak them because they “explain” the job seeker better.  This is the WRONG approach. 

Resumes are not about you…yikes did I say that!  Yep it is correct.  The resume is NOT ABOUT YOU.  You are thinking I just fell off a cliff or something, right?  No I haven’t fallen off a cliff yet.  What I hope I am doing is shocking you a little to pay close attention to what I am about to say.  Your resume is not about you and what you have done in your past exactly.  Many people think a resume is typically about who you are and what you have done.  This is kind of true and kind of not true.   Are there many faces of you out there?  What I mean is by the time you hit the working age of 20 you have been a child, grandson/granddaughter, nephew/niece, friend, maybe a lover, maybe a parent, and the list goes on and on.  If you write everything there is about you on the resume, you are going in the wrong direction.

So if the resume is not about you then who is it about?  It’s about the job that you are applying for.  It’s about who is reading the resume.  It’s about someone else but not you.  I REALLY want you to get this point.  Whenever you start writing a resume don’t think about what you are going to write about your experience before you think about the reader.  Think about what you need to tell the reader for the job you are applying for.  That means you might have to write a bunch of resumes for all the jobs you are about to apply for….YES that is right one resume won’t apply to all job leads. 

If you are lazy and only use the internet for job searching, you MUST put a different resume together for each job you go after.  They might have a similar format and some of the same information but at the end of the day they have to speak to the job not just about you. Back when I first started selling pharmaceuticals we were told to engage physicians in good conversations.  They also suggested we not “Show up and throw up”.  How that relates to your resume is you cannot just “throw up” all your experience on your resume and expect the reader to jump up and down about you.  In order for them to jump up and down about you they need to think you have the experience to do the job they are looking to fill.  Period.

Resume samples and examples will help you with ideas on how to present your experience but before you look for the examples or samples, make sure you are ready to write it for the reader and not yourself.

Next post I will show you my sure-fire template for resume development.  It’s what I use with clients now.  I don’t care if you take it and share it, just let people know where you got it from. 

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Help Getting A Job

First of all you don’t technically need help getting a job.  Getting a job is no easy task but you can get one.  People and companies who provide help to you actually don’t truly help you get the job.  They are just specialists in providing a service.  There is NO ONE out there that can actually do the work for you and get you a job.  It is a solo flight.  An adventure you have to control from start to finish.  People who help you can give you advice or help you write a resume or show you job postings or whatever.  At the end of it all it is up to You, you, and you!

Now we got that out-of-the-way let’s explore how to help you.  Helping you means you need to let someone know what you need help with.  Here are three guidelines when determining what help you need:

1. Figure out what you are good at first – this will help you decide what you don’t need help with in getting a job.  Everyone is good at something in the job search process.  Maybe you are good with people so interviews or networking doesn’t bother you.  Maybe you are good at writing so maybe resume prep is easy.

2. Figure out where you are getting stuck – you cannot just say I can’t find a job and that is where you are getting stuck.  Get specific.  Figure out what is troubling you the most and try to find a way to fix it.  Maybe you need help.  Maybe you don’t.  You be the judge of it after you figure out what specific thing you need help with.

3. If you don’t guide the “helper” they will be lost with you – unfortunately the helper may be more of a problem than a solution if you don’t give them some specific guidance.  If you feel like you need some type of help but cannot put your finger on it, your helper will only be guessing.  You don’t want that from them. 

I once said to my wife:  “I need a consultant to help me do a better job as a marketing director”.  She asked around, found me someone excellent to sit down with me and we met.  After we got to know each other a little, he asked the golden question:  “What do you need help with?”  I started to fumble my words a little trying to verbally say what I was feeling or needing or thinking I needed.  Once our meeting was over I wrestled with that question for many days.  At the end I realized I didn’t need general help with marketing, I needed help with a specific program’s launch plan.  I realized I was doing a great job at my job and the feelings I had about needing help were not defined.  Once I defined them, the help I sought was ready, willing and able.

Know what you need before you go searching for help.  It will make all the difference in the world.

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Career Directions – How to pick one.

Did you know that most people have NO idea what they truly want to be when they grow up.  It seems like in life we are supposed to eventually know what we really want to do in life.  We are supposed to have it all together when we reach that certain age…maybe it is 40 or 50 or 60.  Well I am here to tell you that is not the case.  Most people are still trying to figure out what they want from their careers.

So what is a job seeker to do?  I say stop worrying and stop planning it all out.  Now I don’t mean you should never plan what you are going to do in the short term; that is stupid.  (I am not supposed to say that around my kids but around you I will…stupid, stupid stupid)  In the short term you have typically gotten yourself in a pickle and need to work hard to get out of it.  Maybe you put a lot of stuff on credit card or maybe you just bought a house or had a baby.  No matter what it is the short term can dictate what career directions you consider.

The long term on the other hand has so much more opportunity than we give it credit for.  The long term is where the experimenting should take place.  I truly belive you should be picking your long term career direction based on what you have learned in the past and what you are currently learning about your job likes and dislikes.  These may change very often and could even take you by surprise. 

In your 20’s you might love to travel and see the world.  But by your 40’s traveling for business may have gotten very old.  Hotels and restaurants start feeling and tasting the same.  They start being so similar that you cannot always remember where you are at.  You work long hours and many times don’t even enjoy the city you are in.  Then the 50’s set in and you just want people to notice you.  Your career seems like it is on the downward move not the upward one it used to be.  Your needs will change and change when you least expect it.

That is ok.  Enjoy the stage you are in and start planning for the next one.  Instead of waiting to see what your career has in store for you, think about trying out something new.  Something new can challenge and take you places you never knew you would enjoy.  Many times a radical change in career might drop your salary or status a little.  That is ok, if you are good you will be right back where you were in a few years.  Enjoy the ride and learn whatever you can.  The change will do you good.

Sometime it is good to pick your career directions and other times it is fun to explore options.  What I think is great is when you can have your full time job, then on the side be exploring another path.  Sometimes it can turn into a perfect career directions.  Other times it doesn’t feel right.  That is the beauty of it…you can try out careers just like you try on clothes.  Try them on and pick the ones that fit you best.

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Careers Advice Service

So you are stuck in a crappy job search.  You have tried everything you can but don’t seem to be getting anywhere.  Where do you turn?  Should you find a careers advice service to help you?  I use those terms mainly for SEO purposes.  I want those of you who use those type of terms to visit this post to help you determine what to look for when hiring someone to help you.  This can be a real tricky situation and I REALLY want you to find the right person.  I am not trying to get you to work with me.  What is more important is if you can find someone based on what you need.

So how do you start looking for a service that will give you good career advice?  I like to say instead of what to look for in a service, what do YOU need first?  What is the most pressing issue you need help with.  Is it motivation?  Is it a good resume?  Is it networking advice?  What is your biggest hurdle?  The best way to determine this is to answer this question:  “Where do you get stuck in the process?” 

Here is a somewhat common job search scenario we can explore:

Start looking for a job -> go to internet and review what is “out there” – > decide you want to do X job – > try to tweak resume to fit that job – > decide it looks good enough and send it out – > two weeks later you get no response so you go looking for another type of job – > find another similar one and start sending new version of resume – > one week goes by and no luck.  Decide no one’s hiring and get frustrated.  So where is this person stuck and what type of help does he/she need?

I think this person might be stuck in trying to figure out what job their most current experience and skills can be applied to.  The resume creation might be a problem too but let’s start with the most basic piece first.  What type of careers advice service should they look for?  I say they take an inventory of their experience and skills.  List in order of most recently experienced items first and then move to least experience.  The more experience you have in an area the better your chances are of finding the job you want.  You don’t need any advice for this I don’t think.  It is just spending some time figuring out where you fit in the most; not necessarily what you want to do.  That is a different story for another post.

You could get advice from someone on this but they are going to have you do the same thing.  They don’t know you from another person and will need you to explain yourself to them before they can give you advice.  Save your money.  Once you figure out what job you should be going after (based on experience), the resume can be the next hurdle.  Understanding the resume as a sales and marketing document may help you write it.  If you don’t feel comfortable with the resume, then either try to find a resume writer who someone you know has worked with AND liked and give them a call.  If you don’t have any referrals, try harder to find one.  You will find someone if you work hard at it.

So a general rule when looking for career advice:  Advice is only as good as what you put into it.  If you think about what is the first piece of advice you might need, then figure out if you can figure it out.  If not, seek advice from a known source.  Going with someone who you don’t know can be risky.  Take as many of the risks out of it by getting a referral.

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Job Hunting Tips – Fix What Is Broken

So you send out 100 resumes and don’t hear anything back.  Or you email your friends and family for job leads and all you get is advice.  Maybe you go to websites and see a bunch of jobs but no one is looking for you.  What is wrong with you?  Something is broken, right?  Well yes…or no. 

Its not that something is broken with you.  Quite the contrary.  You are a good catch given the right opportunity.  So relax it is not you personally.  What might be broken is your process; the way you are going about looking for jobs.

Here are some job hunting tips to help you fix what is broken. 

First of all you need to start doing some market research to uncover the problem.  Keeping the sending out 100 resume project stated above in mind….using market research techniques will help you figure out what is wrong with what you are doing.  Did you send the right resume out to the right postings?  Was your resume full of errors, misspellings, poor grammar, or other writing issues?  Did the resume not look appealing to the unknown person who received it?  Did you apply for jobs which were not even close in similarity to your past experience (stated on your resume) just because you thought you could do the work?

Asking these types of questions will help you put yourself in the receiver’s shoes.  Job hunting is not about the job hunter.  It is ALWAYS about the hiring manager and what they want.  If you can figure out what is in it for them, you can figure out how you can position your experience or talents.  No matter what you do, ask yourself:  “How is the person who receives this resume going to look at it based on what THEY need NOT what I need?”  This tip will help you better analyze what is broken with your job search.

There are always broken things…you just need to be good at seeing them.  Open your eyes or find a second (or even a third set) of eyes to help see what you cannot because your glasses are too rosey.

Rosey Glasses

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Job Interview Motivation – Six Secrets To Getting Jazzed About The Interview

Way to go on getting the interview.  You are almost there.  Here are six quidelines to keeping up the job interview motivation:

1. The interviewer will be as nervous as you are.  Many times hiring managers are not always the best people-people.  Not everyone likes social interactions.  Not everyone who interviews you will enjoy the process.  If you are a more social person then you will probably have the upper hand in this department.  Recognize that during the interview and help calm the jitters of the interviewer and it will bode well in their assessment of you.  It really will.  Making them comfortable gives them the thumbs up in their “gut feeling” of you.

2. The interviewer has more to do than you do.  Whenever I interview people it was typically not as easy I as had wanted it to be.  In some cases I had to complete forms that were required from HR.  I had to ask questions in a certain way without alienating anyone or using any personal biases I had.  My gut feeling would clue me in as to if I liked the person within a few minutes.  If I was ok with the person it can take a few minutes or longer to really start asking good probing questions.  Or if I dove right into a tough question the candidate might not be as forthcoming with in because I moved too fast.  There are a lot of things to think about as the interviewer.

3. Keep all the negative thoughts out.  One thing I have done in this situation and encouraged others to do is a mind game.  Every time I thought something negative or got my self nervous about the interview, I would force myself to say two positive things.  Eventually I would start thinking about doing well on the interview and forgot about the potential pitfalls.  I look at it this way, if your head is going to try to bring you down, then you have to come up with a game to disallow it…head games.

4. Realize you are only human.  Don’t try to be perfect.  If you do you might look even worse.  Being human means being able to make mistakes, not do well and even surprise yourself.  Everything you do it an experiment in life.  This is just another piece in that experiment.  I had a seasoned client go on three interviews recently.  Two of the three went very well.  It was determined after the interview those positions were not a good fit.  The third interview went very badly.  You would think a seasoned interviewer would be good in every interview situation.  Not this one.  Not every interaction is always going to be successful.  Typically there are reasons beyond your control.  Be understanding about that and be human.

5.  Get outside help if you can.  So you need some job interview motivation.  Ask a few of your friends and family members to tweet, text or email you something they admire about you 15 minutes before the interview.  Ask them to tell you something they have never told you so you can get motivated for the interview.  Most will be willing to help.  And you might learn something new about what your friends and family actually think about you.

6. Facing your fears can be fun.  If you can conquer them you will never have to do it again.  Embrace the fear and grow stronger.

Using outside tools and techniques for job interview motivation can really help.  Realize that many times nervousness comes from being selfish.  I know that sounds a little crazy but typically we get ourselves all jazzed up about something because we are worried about how we are going to look or how we are going to act.  Those are selfish thoughts.  Work on the selfishness you might have inside and watch your nervousness go away.

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Careers That Help People

Should you pick from careers that help people or go for the money?  Many people struggle with this as they consider their career options.  Throughout the years I have noticed that careers that help people tend to pay a little less than other careers.  It doesn’t mean they are less valuable at all.  Some examples include teachers, social workers, and ministers.  All are very nobel professions.

I believe at the end of the day (or your life) you will have spent about 186,000 hours in your career.  No matter if you are a stay at home mom, a sales person, an executive or anyone in between.  That is a lot of hours.  What makes you happy?  What makes you jazzed about getting going every day.  Some might say the money.  Some might say helping people.  I like to ask the age old question:  “If the money didn’t matter, what would you be doing?”  This question really gets at the heart of the struggle.

Now maybe you think money is a hollow goal or not worthy of being a part of this discussion.  You may also think money is very important to allowing you to do what you want to do.  Both are pretty good points if you look at it though those eyes.  I truly believe everyone has “gifts” or things that they like to do or come easy to them. Helping people might be easy for you.  Then go for it.  Find and take the job that helps people.

List what you are good at.  List what you like.  List what you want to explore next.  rank these lists from top to bottom.  Then pick the top one or two on each list and create a job using them.  This activity works for everyone if you are open enough in your mind.  Be open and if finding careers that help people is important to you, then go for it.  You will work hard to find the money to support it.

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Resume Writing Samples – Five Important Things To Consider

You don’t really need samples.  Samples are good for the temporary but don’t really help you long-term.  There is an art and science to good resume writing.  These five things are important to keep in mind:

1. Write a separate resume for each job listing you see. Resume writing samples won’t help you when it comes to targeting your resume for the job listings you find.  Using a sample will only confuse you unless you are looking for good terminology to consider using.  Each posting has certain key words they are looking for.  They show you the clues of them in their job postings.  Analyze the posting for the right ones.

2. Tweak job descriptions and success for the job you are applying for. Each job function requires different skills to be highlighted.  No matter what job you do, you can pull out multiple skills you have used there.  For instance, if you have been a sales person for the last five years.  Part of selling includes communication skills, administrative skills, marketing skills, project management skills, etc.  Highlight the successes with each of those skills relevant to the job you are applying to will greatly increase you chances of getting the interview.

3. Resumes are for getting interviews ONLY. You don’t get jobs with resumes.  They are just sales documents which help to open doors.  Don’t get them confused.  Thinking you will get a job with the right resume is wrong.  Thinking a good resume will help accentuate your best skills relevant for the job you are applying to it correct.

4. No resume writing sample is good for you. Be original with your resume.  Don’t use cookie cutter samples.  They will look like you cheated and cheapen your candidacy.

5. Have someone look over your resume when you are done. Ask them one question:  “What does the resume tell you?”  This question will help uncover the first impression someone gives you.  Only do this with people you can trust to be honest with you; dead honest.

Get to work on your resume.  Have a professional look at it if you get stuck.  They may cost a little money but have them tailor it to a few different postings and see what they come up with.  It won’t be perfect but you will learn something from it.

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Personal Career Plan – Get Rid of It?

I am all for planning.  I typically plan my days, my weekends and even the food we are going to make for dinner.  When it comes to putting together my personal career plan I wonder…is it really important to plan out ALL the details?  As I get a little older (now 41), I realize I wish I didn’t plan so much.  I sometimes wish I would have just tried out a lot of different types of job in search of the one I loved. 

I don’t think everyone should get rid of their personal career plan just because I say so.  Always plan what a good next step might look like in your career.  BUT always be flexible to try out something that might push you or challenge you or explore a deep desire you have.   So part of me says get rid of the career plan.  The other part says keep it but keep it flexible; just use a pencil

Flexible career plan 

Tell me about how your career plans have diverted over the years.  I want to know.

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