Free Resume Template, Examples, and Best Practice Tips

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Resume Template, Examples, and Best Practice Tips

Google Doc Template & Examples

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This is what the resumes look like

Resume Teample
Resume Example 1
Resume Example 2

Resume Layout

  • To change or delete the horizontal line for headings, go to “Help” and type “Borders and shading” and change it from there.
  • Organize your experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top).
  • Font size should be between 10-12. 
  • Margins should be between 0.2in – .75in. Having too much blank space looks like you haven’t done much, so fill that baby up!
  • Use sans-serif fonts, meaning fonts that don’t have a decorative stroke that finishes off the end of a letters stem. Sans-serif fonts are easier to read. Recommended ones are: Calibri, Helvetica, Arial, Open Sans, Verdana, and Roboto.
  • For every subheading, go to line height and “add space before paragraph” or press “enter” to add a new empty line.

Do's

  • Look up job descriptions of careers you’re interested in and copy some of the same language into your resume.
  • Look at Job Hero and other sites to see resume bullet point examples
  • Get 2+ friends and mentors to review and edit your resume
  • Start every bullet in the past tense (unless you’re currently doing it) and with an action verb (List of Action Words To Start Your Bullet Point).
  • Double check to make sure your formatting is consistent throughout your resume (italization, bolded words, spaces, sizes, etc.) and your grammar is correct.
  • Use hard numbers unless it’s confidential. If you don’t know the exact number, then estimate.
  • For “Skills,” you should only put down “hard skills” meaning programs, software, certifications, and technical skills you know or earned. Things like “team player, cooperative, friendly, organization, etc” are expected out of everyone. But saying you have skills in “Asana, Excel, Python, Jira, etc” is more impressive.
  • Make a “Master” resume with all your experiences, skills, etc. that goes over 1-page. Then, pick and choose from that Master resume to create multiple 1-page resumes that are more tailored to specific roles or industries.
  • Download as PDF
    • When downloading as PDF, the layout can slightly change, so make sure it’s all still in 1 page and the right aligned content is on one line

Do Not's

  • Do not add a “summary” or “objective” paragraph in your resume. Recruiters will not read a paragraph, they spend less than 6 sec on each resume.
  • Do not add a picture of yourself in your resume; that can lead to discrimination problems.
  • Do not add your entire address on your resume; that can lead to data privacy problems.
  • Do not start your bullet points with “I” The first word should be an action word.
  • Do not leave your resume looking half filled. Your one pager should look packed, but not over one page until you’ve done a lot of dope things.
  • Do not add everything you can. If it’s not remotely relevant to what you want to do, leave it out. For example, if you want a job as a data analyst, you don’t need to put your experience as a balloon clown when you were in high school. 
  • Do not completely lie on your resume. If you say you can do something, but you have no background in it, that’s a bad move.
  • Do not add filler words that add little value, like saying “driven,” “team player,” “good communicator.”

Room For Differences

  • Company Descriptions: Adding a short description about your companies is not necessary, but can be useful if you want to stay in that industry, so recruiters know you have background in it
  • Skills & Interest Section: Putting your “Interests: down can be useful because it can be points of discussion for interviewers. Saying something like: “Dragon boat competitor” isn’t necessarily relevant, but it is eye catching and shows part of your personality. But, if you run out of room, you can get rid of “Interests.” If you still need room, you can get rid of the “skills” section too, unless your job requires certain technical skills or certifications that you should list out.
  • Placement of Education Section: Most people put it at the top, but there’s a trend to move it at the bottom because recruiters are caring more about what you did than what school you went to. But, if you think the school and degree you got is a huge leverage, then you should still put it at the top.
  • Leadership & Volunteer Section: If you never joined a club, was part of a project, or volunteered, you can just take this out.
    • You can also have other Sections like “Research Experience,” “Projects”(e.g engineers, freelancers), “Competitions,” “Awards,” “Publications,” etc. depending on your field
  • GPA: Only include if it’s good, like above 3.0
  • Color: If you do add color to your resume, only color the headings.
  • Not necessary, but I would sign up for a free Google Voice phone number and use that instead of using your regular phone number for data security purposes
 

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