Here is an inspired functional resume sample for a homeless job seeker who is applying for a job as a casino dealer working for a cruise ship line. Although Martin (not his real name) has many years of experience working as a casino dealer, that experience isn’t recent. Also, he has never worked for a cruise ship line before. How does Martin’s resume help him return to this type of work in a whole new way? Let’s take a look!
About this Resume Sample
After eight years of working at casinos in Las Vegas, Martin moved to Reno, where he fell on hard times and became unemployed and homeless for several years. To fill the job gap in the Work History section of his resume, he listed his primary means of support as “Recycler, self-employed.” His recycling had nothing to do with casinos, but having it listed on his resume will hopefully avoid an awkward question during his job interview like: “So, what were you doing from 2014 to 2017?”
With this resume, Martin is trying to get back to his career as a casino dealer. He would also like to travel, and to get paid while doing so! His job objective (Casino Dealer for a Cruise Line) combines his prior career with his current desire. How does he show us that he is ready for this new step in his life and career path, and that he has not “missed the boat”?!
- In his Highlights section, Martin uses special characters in a fun way to keep the theme of card dealing front and center on his resume. He also states that he has just taken a refresher course, to show that he is eager to return to this world and ready to do so.
- Under the heading of Experience & Special Skills, he uses the functional format to focus on his casino skills, rather than having to describe his work as a recycler. He divides his skills into three sections that all pertain to the work of being a card dealer.
- Using active verbs and vibrant language, each one-line statement paints a picture of Martin doing his job well.
- With this format, Martin can list his work history in its own section near the bottom of the resume. This downplays his most recent “job” and homelessness. This format also helps him to avoid repeating statements about the work he did at each casino, making his resume concise.
- The last section on his resume shows Martin’s training in card dealing, plus his math and computer courses. He has the type of mind needed to excel in his target job!
See what else makes Martin’s resume strong!
Resume for a Casino Dealer for a Cruise Line
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