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Free Resume Templates From ResumeOK

Welcome!  On our website we offer you free resume templates and free CV samples that will help you build up your own professional resume to land that perfect job. You may be asking what a CV is and how it differs from a resume; A CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, and the main difference between these two is that CVs are normally longer and include more in depth information about your education and experience.  People usually have a lot more trouble with resumes and CV cover letters, but with our free resume examples and cover letter samples, you will have a much easier time.

Access to Hundreds of Resume Templates and Samples

With access to the best resume examples on the web, there will be no excuses for not having the perfect resume for your application.  We come in your help with various resume format templates, sample resumes, and explanations on how to build it from scratch!

Choose from 200 resume samples we have to offer ranging from various categories, such as Health for people interested in building a CV as a dentist or doctor, Education for anyone interested in becoming a teacher or professor, or IT for anyone building a CV for a technology sector job.

Choosing any one of the hundreds of resume examples we have available, you see a sample of what a resume looks like.  Our samples will show you various forms of how resumes should look, but one thing that usually stays the same is the way you set up the heading.  Your name is big bold letters that draw the reviewer’s attention, then your address, phone numbers, e-mail and other information (title, birthday, current job).  You then insert a break of some type – this can be a line break or just a blank space – then put in what we call an objective.  The objective is basically what you want to gain from the job you are applying for.  Then you add your strengths, experience and education.  Of course, not all the resume samples will look the same.  It is up to you to take all the information you find on our website to form your own profile, and it all comes down to your skills, experience, and personality.

We are living very tough times, when obtaining a job has become harder and almost impossible without experience. With thousands of young persons just graduated, the competition has become even tougher, and building a good resume can improve your chances of getting hired. If you live in a big city, you will have hundreds of job positions to apply for, but this will be useless unless you can build a solid resume.

You can pick the desired resume templates, and download it for free. Gain the advantage that can be decisive for obtaining the job.

Tips for Writing a Professional resume

For writing a professional resume, you must first know what type of field you are going into.  If you are applying for a teaching position, obviously you will look under the “education” category and choose from one of the many resume templates there.  You will notice that a lot of these are much longer than your average resume (resumes can be anywhere from 1 to 2 pages and this one probably wouldn’t fit on 2 pages) because positions such as teaching and medicine usually require a CV rather than a resume.  From looking at the “elementary school teacher” template, we are able to see that she lists a copious of strengths and puts in a lot of detailed information under the responsibilities of each of her job experiences.  In order to pull from this, you should not take the information word for word and put it into your own CV, but instead draw from it.  One of the strengths on this example says “positive outlook on life”.  That is probably not something you instantly consider when someone asks you what your strengths are, but if you think about it and decide that you also have a positive outlook, you can add something similar to your own CV, such as “always look on the brighter side” or “stay positive no matter how hard the times are.”

You will also see that in her job responsibilities she goes in detail but still keeps it in bullet format; you do not always have to do this, but it makes for a cleaner look and helps you keep the information organized.  One of her responsibilities for her most class was that she had to “respect individuality and unique abilities of each student”.  This is another thing that you probably do without realizing it – there are always students who are very unique and do things that other students may find weird, but being able to appreciate and embrace that side of them is what makes a good teacher, and is what will make you stand out in your professional CV.

Of course, you can take this knowledge and apply it to any resume template.  You need to look at these samples and try to see yourself in them.  If you look hard enough, you are sure to find something you can put on your CV that will blow the employer away and land you that job.  But something else that is not always required but always helps to have is a cover letter for your CV.  Looking at cover letter samples will improve your own cover letter, just like what you can do by looking at sample CVs.  Read what other people write for their cover letters and try to put yourself on that page and create your own piece of writing that will draw positive attention to yourself and show that you really want the job.  If something someone says in a cover letter perfectly describes why you want to work somewhere, do not be afraid to use it for your own cover letter.  However, you have to be wary of not making your cover letter too generic, otherwise you won’t be able to stand out in potential employer’s eyes and they will look at your resume like they look at everyone else’s, which is not your goal.  You want them to have positive thoughts about you when they get to your CV, so that everything they see turns into a positive, rather than a negative.  If they like your cover letter enough, something that seems only average on a resume for any other applicant may become an outstanding asset for you because they have that background.  That is why it is important to build up your CV and cover letter, using the samples and templates we offer you.

How to write a CV & how to use a resume template

1. In a standard resume be sure to include your contact information on the top. Information such as your full name, complete address, telephone number and e-mail address. Your resume can also include your employment goals /job objective. However this is not necessary to include if you do not have space.

2. You must include a job objective, it should be short, concise, and to the point. Try to explain what are your expectation from your career, and where do you see yourself after a few years. Use one or two sentences on this paragraph.

3. A summary of your qualifications can also be included in your resume. Highlight the strengths and what you want the employer to know about your skillsets that make you a key contender for the position. Use a bullet list, and you can use fragmented sentences.

4. Work experience and work history are important parts of your resume. Include the job title, company you worked for and the dates you worked there. For each position, include a short paragraph of what type of duties you performed and/or goals you helped accomplish with the company. Remember, the more concise your resume is, the better. 

5. You should also include your Education in your resume. Tell the employer about the colleges you attended, course titles related to your job goal, scholarships, honors and the degree(s) you received. You can also include any job-related training you may have received. If you don’t have higher degrees, you can only include your high school.

Now you know the necessary components to include in your interview, there are also some information you should leave off your resume.   One would be short – term jobs.   By listing these short term jobs, it makes the employer question why you only worked there for a short period of time.   Was it because you were fired, could not perform the job, got into trouble and had to leave, or just because you did not get along with your co-workers? Short-term jobs usually do not reflect well on the applicant.   You should also avoid listing your salary in your resume.   By sharing this information, you can hurt your chances of negotiating your salary once you are hired.  If you are applying for an apolitical position, it is best to leave political internships off the resume as your employer can have political biases, even though they are not supposed to make a hiring decision because of it.

Questions you might be asked during a job interview

In order to make a great first impression during a job interview, it is a good idea to prepare for any questions that the interviewer may ask you.  By preparing for potential questions ahead of time, it will help you look like a cool, calm, collected, and confident applicant who knows what they are talking about.   Trust me, you do not want to take time to think about your answer during an interview.  It will be very awkward in the interviewing room and you will be extremely flustered from thereon.  So to help you prepare, here are some common questions that are asked during interviews:

  • “Can you tell me a little about yourself?”.  This question will help the interviewer learn more about your capabilities and skillsets.   When you prepare to answer this question, think of a summary of your experiences, skills, and work history that will help the interviewer see why you are a perfect fit for their company.   Be sure to do a self-assessment before the interview and know how to tell your story.  Mix a little adversity or uniqueness into the story—it makes for a better answer.  If you grew up in a bad neighborhood, be sure to mix that into your story—this is adversity.  If you were raised in a third-world country, be sure to mention it—this is unique.  Rule of thumb, the longer the story is, the more interesting it should be.  Do not spend more than a few minutes answer this question though—too much time spent answering this question may make you look a little vain.
  • “Why do you want to work for this organization?”.  This question would be easy to answer if you prepared and did research on the company.   The answer you give shows whether you are a good fit for their company or not.  Do not mention their huge salary offer.  This is a turnoff.  Instead, mention that the company seems like a great fit for your skillsets and looks to be a place where you can develop your skills further.  This is the standard answer.  If you can come up with a better answer, then by all means, do so.  Your answer should show why you are an asset to the company.
  • “What are your greatest strengths?”.  This is your opportunity to sell yourself and show the interviewer that you are a great asset to their company.   When preparing for this question, think about your greatest talents and skills, and how they might apply to the job you are applying for.   Prepare to connect your strengths with how they might help you do the job.  In thinking about this question, it is also a good idea to think about your weaknesses too as they will probably ask that if they ask about your strengths. 
  • “Why did you leave your last employer?”  This is a tricky question and you should tread lightly.  Whatever you do, avoid putting down your previous employer.  Even if they were horrible to you, take the high road and figure out a way to put it in a good light.  A good answer to this question might be that you thought it was finally time to move on because there was no more room to grow as an employee and a person there.

You can read 49 more job interview questions with answers here.

On top of these standard questions, companies in technical or esoteric fields will often ask you career-related information.  For example, for an engineering job, they might ask you a question about Moore’s Law or ask you to solve a logic/ math problem.   Or if you are in a sales-oriented career, the company might ask you to try to sell them a product they have with them.

This are some other common questions you should prepare your answers for:

  1. Where do you see yourself for the next year? Five years?  Ten years?
  2. How is the perfect job for you?
  3. Why we should hire you?
  4. Please tell us about your weaknesses.
  5. What would the previous employer say about you?

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