Here’s a chronological resume sample for a handyman/office assistant for the Nature Company headquarters. This job seeker is being very clear where he wants to work and what he wants to do. Let’s see what he does to make his resume stand out from the crowd!
About this Resume Sample
A lifelong nature lover and nature photographer, Steve (not his real name) has just moved from New York to Berkeley, CA. He knows that there may be jobs in Berkeley that combine his love for nature with his skills in office work and as a handyman. What tells the reader how Steve would be ideal for the job he wants?
- Steve’s Objective is brief, yet very precise. He has done his homework to find out that the Nature Company HQ is located in Berkeley. He has a focused approach to telling the reader right away what he wants to do and where he wants to do it!
- In the Summary section, includes his “lifetime interest” in nature. This section of the resume is a good place to list not only skills, but also interests and passions that are related to the target job. Remember, your resume is about your future, not your past!
- Steve uses the chronological format to list his jobs from the most recent one first, back into his past. He also includes his ongoing work as a nature photographer, and adds “concurrent with every other job” beneath the dates. This achieves a number of key points:
- It shows that Steve’s work as a nature photographer is more than just a hobby.
- It describes his work in a way that shows that he is very good at it and is a pro. He has followed the adage: “Do what you love, and the money will follow,” and he is hoping to do so in a bigger way in his next target job!
- It closes any short-term gaps in his work history, such as the gap between 2012 and 2014.
- Since he did not attend any college or take any coursework after high school, Steve has left his Education section off the resume.
Is there more that you can find that gives Steve’s resume a ‘wow’ factor?
Steve’s Resume for a Handyman/Office Assistant Job
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