Using the Resume Template

Click here to look at a sample of a resume in the style that I discussed in my “how to write a resume” article discussed on my web page. Click here to actually get a copy of the zipped template itself.

How to use the template:

·         Download the zip file from the web site.

·         Extract resume.doc to a working directory.

·         Simply start editing it. If you need a fresh copy, you will have to extract a clean copy.

·         Those of you familiar with saving documents as template might consider doing so after filling in your personal data. Saving it as a template is especially productive if you plan on doing a lot of resumes from scratch.

What’s in the Template.

The template is organized in several sections.

·         The Identification Section contains your name and contact information.

·         The Professional Summary Section contains a summary of experience. You may wish to change the title of this section to “Objective”

·         The Technical Skills Section is an optional section. People who review resumes for programmers, tools administrators and systems administrators have particular key words for which they are looking. Organizing this information in a manner like this makes these words prominent and easy to pick out. If you are not in a technical field, you may consider deleting this section or adapting it to your purposes.

·         The Experience Section is where you list your most recent experience (15 years’ worth).

·         The Other Experience Section is where you list experience older than 15 years, or experience that may not be related to the job directly. It’s your option to break these out into individual jobs, or to combine them as the template indicates. Don’t put dates down unless you want to give your age away.

·         The Military Experience is another optional section. For some jobs and for some locations, having been in the military is a plus. It’s worth calling attention to it by giving it its own section. If the experience is recent, and it’s relevant, then treat it like any other job. Otherwise give it one or two lines without bullets – and possibly without dates.

·         The Education and Training Section is where you can list some of the courses and training you’ve taken. If it’s recent, put dates. Otherwise don’t.

·         The Awards, Publications and Patents Section is sort of a catch-all. Feel free to change this to a more descriptive title.

It’s a matter of style.

In the article I recommended establishing a certain style for your resume. In other words, all the job titles should look consistent, indentations should be consistent, and fonts should be consistent. Word has “styles” too. I have created the following styles to support the resume:

You will note that I make extensive use of tables to organize blocks of information.

The second and subsequent pages of the template have a footer – you must enter your name in the footer. To do this:

·         Click on the second (or later) page.

·         Select View -> Header / Footer. This will bring up a dialog box that looks like:

Click on Switch Between Header and Footer.

·         Change your name where indicated.

·         Click on Close in the Header and Footer dialog box.