As promised last week, here’s a sample resume for those of you who haven’t had “real world” job experience (though let me tell you that surviving college and/or singing and dancing for a living are some of the most challenging experiences you’ll ever have!). If you missed last week's essential advice straight from the mouths of HR reps, check it out here.
I grabbed a copy of the sample resume created by my lovely friend Michelle and her amazing company, Survival Jobs for Artists. If you’re looking for work, you should definitely check out her site!
This resume is designed to be changed/altered/revised in any way that suits you. (It’s always so much easier to get started when there’s already something on paper, right?) It assumes that the applicant (you) has had some office experience, but you’ll notice that the office experience includes the type of responsibilities you may have had at temp jobs or summer jobs or internships. In other words, you don't have to be the CEO of a company to have a professional resume. (Helpful hint: If you’ve never worked in an office before, sign up for a temp agency to gain those valuable bullet points.)
The one item I added to this resume is an objective statement aiming for an entrance position in a publishing company. This statement can and should be altered based on each job you apply for. It’s funny—even though I was crafting a sample objective for an imaginary person and a made-up job, it still took me a while to write. I feel your pain, job seekers!
Let’s break down this statement: To find an executive assistant position in the publishing world that utilizes my knowledge of the industry and meticulous editing skills.Superior knowledge of computer systems, design, and analytical projects. Strong organizational and multitasking skills. Dynamic team member.
To find an assistant position in the publishing world (starter position in a specific industry)
that utilizes my knowledge of the industry (I read a ton of books and have researched companies online)
and meticulous editing skills. (I know my way around an adjective.)
Superior knowledge of computer systems, (I’m a wiz at MS Office)
and analytical projects. (I’m not afraid to add numbers to a spreadsheet)
Strong organizational (I can tell you when your kids get out of school, when your next meeting is, and where you left your stapler in the same breath)
and multitasking skills. (I was in every club at college while doing work-study and maintaining a 3.8 GPA)
Dynamic team member. (I’m the person everyone wants on their kickball team. I bring the spirit.)
Essentially, the objective statement is a fancy way to say what you want and why you’d be good at it. Don't forget to change it up for every job you apply for based on the job description. Don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you want. If you do, you just might get it. :)
Click to download the sample resume:
Having trouble with your objective? Post it on my Facebook page, and let’s work it out together!
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