Resume writing and free blank resume form by Richard Townsend of orglearn
Resume writing is a great way to document your ‘employability’ or to check how well you are progressing with the ‘commercial’ realities of what you have to offer to either your current employer or any potential employer. You should update your resume ‘personal balance sheet’ at least once a year. A good time to do your resume is at annual performance appraisal time when competency issues are being scrutinised. First read the following resume samples (through to the end) as a guide and then complete all resume sections. It is a good idea to save your resume in word pad as your fill in each section of the free blank resume form
Look at the resume statement examples below the resume form before you fill in your details. Click on the "headings" above the resume form boxes for examples.
When you have entered your resume data you should highlight the resume section on this page between the... > symbols then use the menu item "File - Print" check "Print Range - Selection" then click on "print". NB This option does not work with some browsers. To be on the safe side open your 'word program' type the heading of the resume section you are completing and copy the contents of the "white box" area of the resume form that you are working on. You can paste the resume section contents into your text document. I will have a handy resume back-up for you if you choose the "submit resume" option.
Remember to click on the resume "headings" above the resume form boxes for examples.
PROFILE EXAMPLE:1 of 3
An experienced executive with an extensive background in sales, training, financial analysis, lending and senior management within the finance industry. A ‘late’ career change led to his recent role as Creative Director/Training Manager for a somewhere based advertising agency. Two years as Senior trainer at Xyz Academy. Other commercial experiences include owning an operating a steel fabrication company and holding the position of executive director of a training company. Currently a trainer/consultant for Good Time Training an Australian/Malaysian joint venture company.
Employer reviews and character analysis reveal a highly motivated, forthright, determined and innovative person. A person who likes to lead in an environment which offers scope for both development of new ideas and individual expression.
Had articles published by such prestigious magazines as The Malaysian Accountant, The Austrian Family Physician and Business Asia. He is also an accomplished lecturer/trainer and has given presentations to such groups as The Malaysian Society of Accountants, Queensland TAFE Banking Course and a variety of public and private companies.
PROFILE EXAMPLE: 2 of 3
An internationally educated social service professional with extensive experience in drug-related illnesses, mental illness and public welfare work. Held a number of responsible positions in British hospitals and is a British approved social worker. Although limited testing was done results show primary values are professionalism, intellectual satisfaction and social responsibility. Motivations are primarily the need for achievement and affiliation.
After twenty-four years in the UK recently returned to Thailand to be nearer family and satisfy a desire to work more closely amongst people with similar cultural backgrounds. Education, work experience and career positions to date testify to a committed and hard working individual who is able to cope under pressure even when dealing with people in the most dire of circumstances. Blah etc or
PROFILE EXAMPLE: 3 of 3
An Information Technology professional with a broad experience in Systems Architecture, Database Design, Networking Technology, Business Process Reengineering and IS Management. An active and ongoing learner with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering and is currently undertaking studies with Microsoft (Professional Engineer Certification) and Novell (Enterprise Certification). Has also recently completed a course in Business Process Re-engineering methodology and practice.
Working life to date, by choice has worked on a contract basis which has afforded a wide variety of positions and experiences in an number of countries including Fiji, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Major companies operating in such diverse fields as Manufacturing, Distribution, Logistics, Retailing and the Hotel Industry.
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FUNCTIONAL SKILLS/COMPETENCIES EXAMPLES:
Effective leader able to successfully plan, delegate, and review activities of staff
Experienced public speaker/trainer with a diverse reservoir of commercial experience
Computer literate with a ‘little’ experience across a broad range of programs
A sound & creative writer with the ability to analyse &commercialise the written word
A culturally sensitive person with the ability to mix with all ages and races
A well qualified individual able to accept responsibility for work outcomes
Experienced in working with a wide range of professionals and the full spectrum of the community at large
Able when called upon to lead, plan, delegate and review activities of supporting staff and volunteers
Bilingual, fluent in both written and spoken Thai and English
Computer literate to the extent of word processing
A culturally sensitive person with the ability to mix with all ages and races
Accurate and detail minded, developed through the need to keep precise, accurate and up to date patient records
Analytical, through the need to analyse patients and options available
Confident as a result of dealing with others’ problems and crises
Proactive, many past roles have required initiative and a willingness to implement a sometimes dramatic course of action
Planner, as demonstrated by her implementation of an out of hours mental care programme and the marshalling of the required resources
Responsibility taker and problem solver, many previous roles required Mary to implement a course of action in the best interests of clients (patients) and their families in extremely difficult situations
Communicative and compassionate through training and work experience
Energetic and flexible, career as a social worker has meant learning to work with limited resources and constantly changing situations demanding a flexible approach and a high energy levels
An ability to influence and sense of integrity as borne out by the faith previous employers have recognized, been personally responsible for the well-being of those in care who were incapable of looking after themselves
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January 1996 - Present Trainer/Consultant GOOD TIME TRAINING
Sept. 1993 - Dec. 1995 Creative Director LIM ADVERTISING P/L
Sept. 1988 - Aug. 1993 State Leasing Manager Qld XYZ FINANCE
etc in reverse date order (newest first)
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SCOPE OF POSITIONS HELD:
Leadership of multi-skilled and specialist teams sized from 3 to 110 employees
Approval of lending proposals from A$3,000 to A$500,000
Control of finance company receivables base of up to A$100M
Setting and control of operating budgets and strict adherence to set operating costs
Planning, implementation and authoring of staff training programs
Directed all sales & admin. functions of a manufacturing enterprise
Conceptualisation and implementation of advertising programs
Direction of a creative team to ensure a high level of a creative output within deadlines
Measurement of effectiveness to ensure efficient & timely delivery of products
Management, leadership and co-ordination of a multi-disciplined team of doctors, psychiatric nurses, police, social workers, volunteer workers
Conceptualised &Set up of out of hours mental health care programs including writing of the departments manual of procedures
Control of operating budgets and strict adherence to set operating costs
Control of Funding and payments
Co authoring of vision statement and public brochure/information preparation
Interpretation of metal state of mentally ill through interviews with patient and family network and communication of overall situation to selected health specialists
Analysis of a broad range of background information in order to best determine a effective outcome on behalf of the patient
Planning, implementation and authoring of staff training programs
Monitoring of a large case load of patients and the improvement or deterioration of the situation and the activities of agencies and staff involved with patients
Determination and reporting of drug related mental health problems to relevant specialist personnel
Contracting with various patient care facilities of behalf of patients and there families
Researched and presented mental health statistics to senior public servants who comprised the management group of hospitals, homes and community groups
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A list of personal and business references will be supplied when required
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Rule one - Don't send your resume out without a cover letter. Rule Two - Don't send your resume out without a cover letter.
Cover letters need to:
Your cover letter accompanying your resume needs to sell the reader on the idea to take a look at your resume:
Your cover letter will be the correspondence that is read first ( before your resume) and so must be powerful, concise and dare I say it stand out like a billboard or a "movie trailer". Your cover letter therefore, it must be superbly written and targeted to a specific employer. There are no generic cover letters!
Explain the reason you are sending your resume:
If you are sending your resume in the hope of an "opening", explain in your cover letter why you would like to work for the recipients company. If you are seeking a specific position, the cover letter should say I am seeking a position as a sales person, secretary, marketing researcher, forman or whatever. If you are about to graduate explain that you are seeking a permanent position at graduation.
Very briefly explain how you learned about the position or the organization:
This is a great way for you to slip a subtle compliment into your resume cover letter. If you know someone that is respected by the reader mention that Mr/Ms 'Fred Bloggs' was telling you what a great company XYZ is and that he/she suggested you should send your resume.
Your Cover letter (as with your resume) needs to point to specific competencies you have in relation to the company or highlight achievements:
Education, leadership roles team roles and outstanding experience/s, obviously that are are relevant to a position you are seeking. Be very brief and specific.
Your cover letter should demonstrate a positive attitude:
If you have done a personality test or had a staff appraisal that says "demonstrates a commitment to the teams goals or talks about the positive aspects of your personality, motivation, enthusiasm or communication skills mention it in your cover letter.
If responding to an advertisement give all the facts or items asked for:
Don't make it like a mini resume however, say someone asks for a list of your computer skills, you can say "computer literate full list of competencies are in the resume.
Finally the cover letter should let the reader politely know you will follow-up to see if he/she has reviewed your resume.
saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two weeks to see if you require any additional information regarding my resume."
Final Final cover letter - resume RULE... don't send your resume out without a COVER LETTER oh... and be very brief no more than about half a page. Now there's a cover letter challenge.
Your resume is a bit like your career or personal business balance sheet and it is a great document to indicate, at least work-wise, where you are now. The real question must be where do you want to be in two, five or ten years time. What is your vision and how do you plan to reach it? YES YES BUT WHERE DO I START?
Career Advice - Why you should have a vision!
Lewis Carroll’s, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
insights into why a vision is so important. In the story when Alice
asks the Cheshire Cat “Would you tell me please, which way I
ought to walk from here”… the Cat’s
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to go (end
up)’… ‘I don’t much care
‘then it doesn’t matter which way you
etc. Vision (which she did not possess) sets our direction.
The Little Oxford Dictionary I have defines Vision as “…foresight, good judgement in planning…”
Vision statements help us define why we are here in terms of where we want to be in the future.
A vision is perhaps… “a statement of intent” according to the Drucker Foundation’s book “The Organization of the Future” (page 351)
In the Power of Vision video – futurist Joel Barker offers ‘Visions need to be developed by leaders (you need on a personal level be your own leader) and must be shared with the team (family and friends) & the team must support it’. ‘Sharing leads to agreement on direction’. ‘Writing a vision statement is not enough; it must be taken in and acted upon’. ‘Visions must be positive challenging and worth the effort’ and “Vision is never expressed in financial numbers”.
In the book on vision, “The North Bound Train” by Karl Albrecht on page 150 he advises: good visions need to contain “a focussed concept” or a “value creation premise that people can actually picture as existing”, “a sense of noble purpose” or “something really worth doing” (he means I believe a worthwhile future state of existence) and finally “a plausible chance of success” or “something people can realistically believe to be possible”.
Possibly one of the most famous vision statements from history is that of President Kennedy who in 1960 declared, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."
I personally like the statement of Thomas Edison (possibly influenced by his friend Henry Ford)… ‘Cheap electric light for everyone’
A LITTLE ABOUT VALUES
Values are needed to test the validity or appropriateness of the vision.
Examples; integrity and honesty / personal growth and development / continuous learning / quality of life before quantity of life / serving family and community / committing to the concept that ‘when truth dies really bad things happen’ / constantly seeking to promote goodwill and understanding
WHAT ABOUT “MISSION” THEN… AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
The mission is what we will do to achieve our vision. Example: If the vision is to receive the champion’s trophy the mission is to win the races.
According to the Collins Cobuild Dictionary - 1995 Edition, Mission is; “an important task that people are given to do…” In the personal situation we are discussing we give the mission to ourselves.
Joel Barker’s video uses the example of a rope across a small stream to a point you wish to reach on the other side. The mission is to cross the stream. The rope gives you something to hang onto and keep you focused on the place on the other side you want to be, rather than getting caught up in the flow and ending up somewhere downstream. So to reach the vision of say, rolling in the green grass on the other side of the stream, effort is required to achieve the mission inherent in the vision.
Again from Albrecht’s book (p152)… The mission is about “How we do business”… “the vision is the place we want to go…”; “the mission is the means of travelling”. I guess if your vision is to enjoy lunch at the beach the mission could be to get on the bus with the picnic basket.
There are a number of mission examples in Albrecht’s book and the following is the one he likes the most… Po’ Folks Restaurants… “We always want to be the friendliest place you’ll ever find to bring your family for great tasting, home style cooking, served with care and pride in a pleasant country-home setting at reasonable prices.
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Personal Vision, Mission and multi level planning
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of luck with your job hunting, and remember your resume
should be 2 to 4 pages long (3 is best), concise, factual and
interesting to read and the first ten words must have as much punch as
a newspaper headline''
Please Note: the resume form - blank resume provided here can be backed up however you will need to provide your original email address to retrieve your document, resumes are only sent to the original email address to protect your privacy.
I hope you find this free blank resume form useful and the other resume resources - examples of some help in your career!
Copyright Richard Townsend - orglearn - 1999-2012
Please note this blank sample resume form document, resume example and resume statement examples are for personal use only. It is important to understand the resume example is a guide and that you will need to edit the example statements so they match the the job requirements of the job you are applying for.