Resume Samples and Examples

Why our templates match perfectly for any industry

In this article we’ll take you step-by-step through a few of our sample resumes and explain why each one is tailored for a specific industry, job, or even personality type. Across industries, there are sometimes certain standards that need to be met. For example, if you’re applying to a job in finance, your resume will have to adhere to strict guidelines, whereas if you’re applying to a retail or customer service job you can have the flexibility to be a bit more creative. I’ll walk you through some of our tried and true resume examples so you can see what I’m talking about.

This resume here is as traditional as it gets. Notice the name is centered, at the top of the page, and the largest text on this sample resume. This is not just for stylistic purposes - you want whoever is reading your resume to be able to scan it quickly while still hitting all the important points, the most important being your name of course. This format makes it easy to see your name then shoot down over to all your accomplishments and past experiences. Everything on this sample resume is clean, organized, and very easy to follow. It’s also extremely traditional - no funky formatting, Times New Roman font, and no extraneous info or distracting design. This is exactly what business and finance recruiters are looking for.

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This resume sample bridges the gap between traditional and creative, and that’s not at all a bad thing. Something as small as a left-aligned name and a different font can make you all the more attractive to recruiters in different industries - but be careful, because what may make your resume attractive in customer service might not make your resume attractive in engineering. This resume example uses a more creative font, and is very well suited for client-facing roles or anything that requires a more sociable personality. Remember - your resume should be the embodiment of your personality and accomplishments on one piece of paper. That being said, you still want to cater your resume to the specific job you’re applying to, so for more relaxed industries you can definitely use something visually appealing like this resume sample.

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If you’re looking for something that will really snag the attention of recruiters, look no further than this resume sample. It’s quite unorthodox, with the name and contact info lining the left side. This resume will certainly not do well in traditional business or finance jobs, but it could most definitely get the attention of the recruiter in more creative industries like graphic design or marketing. In finance, recruiters expect to get resumes that look exactly the same, but in marketing or any other more inventive industries, seeing something out of the ordinary could be a huge plus - and your competitive edge to finally get that interview. If you’re going into something design or sales oriented, use this resume sample to sell yourself! Even if you may not have as much past experience as the next applicant, simply being unique and interesting is often enough to at least warrant a phone interview.

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This resume sample, in format, is pretty typical. Where it differs is the font, which reminds me of a computer from the 1990s hilariously enough. Although the font may be, in short, a weird choice for a resume, this resume could actually have some serious upside depending on the job you’re applying to. For example, if you want to work at a tech startup in Silicon Valley, that typically means you’re a forward-thinking, innovative, unique person. This uniqueness and innovativeness is reflected in this sample resume and fits perfectly with the tech startup scene that seems to be such a craze at the moment. In reality, there aren’t many ways to manipulate a resume to get someone’s attention aside from formatting and font, and so going for a cool font might end up paying off if you’re sending your resume to innovative new ventures. Just go for it!

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If you’re really looking for something unorthodox yet still visually appealing with good flow, check out this resume sample. When compared to more traditional resume examples, this one is way out there - but in a good way. Having a short blurb on the left side with your name and contact info up top bordering your past experiences is a great way to give recruiters a quick outline (no pun intended) of who you are as a person. As time goes on, more and more people have the qualifications necessary for the jobs they want, so recruiters look for who will be the right “fit” for the culture of their workplace. Giving this outline surrounding your tangible work experience easily allows for whoever is reading this resume to get some sort of idea on whether or not you will fit in with your bosses, coworkers, and clients!

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At the end of the day, formatting your own resume from scratch is actually quite a pain. In surveying college students at a top 15 university, 48.6% of them reported formatting and design as the part of their resume they struggled most with! That means basically one out of every two students surveyed had the hardest time with perfecting the look of their resume, which was astonishing to me. With that being said, let us take care of all that mess for you. We know what formats work best in different industries and have nailed down the best templates that will truly illuminate your accomplishments. Save yourself the hassle, and feel free to check out the rest of our site!