The sample resume format/ resume sample template/ layout below will help you create & write your own resume. While
there are different resume formats, this is the one of the most common resume
formats/ templates. You
will find many different sample formats of resumes & examples of
resume templates. The
free sample resume format/ template below can be used to create your own
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Whether you are an engineer,
business consultant, project manager, accountant, computer programmer or business
analyst, you can follow the same format as the sample application letter format
below & use it as a template.
We prefer to focus more on the
presentation and content of the resume than on the resume format/ template. Do not fold or staple your resume.
Use bulleted sentences rather than paragraphs. This will make it
easier to read your resume. Avoid abbreviations in your resume, even for common words.
Don't include "Hobbies" on a resume. Don't include current or previous salary details or salary
expectations on a resume. Proofread your resume. It is imperative to catch and correct all spelling and grammatical weaknesses
and mistakes and correct them.
Sample resume format:
Your address (can be a post office box)
Your contact phone number (s) (it is a good idea to include your
cell phone number -do not include your work number if you
don't wish to be contacted there)
Your email address (it is best to use an email name and address that sound
A brief concise statement describing you, your strongest skills, experience and your strengths.
Start with your present/ latest employer.
List all employment (up to 15 years, concentrating on the
experience that is relevant to the positions that you are currently
seeking & your latest relevant experience)
List the name of the Company,
A brief description of the company (eg, third largest air conditioning
company in the world),
Size of company
Your title (if more than one position held with the same company
list each one separately)
Dates of employment
Highlight your accomplishments and achievements
Use strong resume action verbs & phrases such as managed, developed, initiated, coordinated…
Include cost savings ( for example saved the company $30,000 or
reduced the cost of a product by 5 %)
Repeat the above for each position
For the sample resume format for a recent graduate or if the education is more relevant
than the experience to the job you are applying for, place this section
above the professional experience section. If not, leave the sample resume
format in this order.
Name of University/ TAFE/ College
Degree / Diploma/ Certificate
Graduation date/ still attending (expected date of
For about to graduate students and for recent graduates,
it is recommended that you also list
your major courses
Honors and awards
List any awards or distinctions you received, such as dean's list or
Phi Beta Kappa. This is impressive on resumes for entry level
This section can be included as a sub-section within the
section of the resume format or listed separately.
Skills and Training
Under this section of your resume, include:
Any relevant skills not listed under professional
All relevant courses/workshops/ seminars All relevant computer
skills (eg, Microsoft office…)
Foreign Languages (Only list if you are applying for positions where your
foreign language would be required or would be an asset, for example if you are applying
to a company with a branch where the foreign language is spoken....
Very few sample resume formats include this section. We do not suggest listing your personal details on your resume, such as age, marital status or
hobbies. As a rule there is no need to list on your resume anything that does not apply or
relate directly to the job that you are applying for. For example listing
on your resume that you
are single may be helpful only for a job that requires traveling 90% of the
(This section of the resume is optional- depending on the requirements of the job that you are applying to)
In this section of the resume, list Professional Licenses/ Memberships/
We suggest you contact your referees
and prepare a list to have ready to give to the employer as soon as they ask for them
On the resume include "References available upon
request". Some resume formats list the references, but we don't
recommend doing so, unless you are asked to do so.
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