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My Favorite Resume and CV Template: Introducing TruFocus

 human resource management, resume review, top professional, cover letter, job seeker, resume templates, professional resume, resume samples, cover letters, management, cv, recruitment, business, quickly, templates, linkedin, employment, resumeIf you’ve been looking for a professional resume template that really works.  One that instantly sets you apart from other candidates.

Well, I have one that may do just that.  It’s not wildly different from thousands of other professional resumes out there, but it is different enough in the right places.

And I’ll explain why.

But first, why still a focus on a resume template and cover letters when there are so many new digital ways to share your experience with the world?

Truth:  A professional resume or CV is still the only document universally requested by HR, recruiters and hiring managers the world-over.

So yours better be good at communicating your unique skills.  And highlighting meaningful accomplishments.

Yes, you must have a solid and well-written LinkedIn profile.  And wherever you are online (Twitter, Facebook), make sure you are sharing the best parts of you.

But if your professional resume or cv stinks, it won’t matter if they found you first on LinkedIn.  And liked you.  It won’t matter that you were fun and interesting on Twitter.

Because everyone who only sees your resume or CV will have a very different view of you.

The Resume Template

So, here’s the resume template I like so much.  It’s the resume template that I created for my personal use and the one I suggest others follow when I do resume reviews.

It is available now as a free download for job seekers.  It’s a resume template that you can use and share freely with others.  If you like it.

There are seven sections:

1.  Name and Contact Information

Professional Resume Template, name, contact info

No major surprises here.  I leave off your street address.  Partly due to safety issues and partly due to relevance.  Save it for the application.  The address to your LinkedIn profile is added.  Says you are social media savvy and gives you a chance to highlight some early recommendations.  Assuming you have a few on your profile.  You should have at least 10 (4 bosses, 3 peers, 3 direct reports).

2.  Your Positioning Statement

Professional Resume Template, positioning statement

First you need to know how to write your positioning statement.  Once you have figured that out, it becomes the first words someone reads about you.  4-6 words.  To instantly create a first impression.  It is an important statement that you will support with content from the next two sections.

3.  Next A Career Summary

Professional Resume Template, career summary

This is written (1st person) in a few brief, strong and confident sentences.  If you have an “objective” on your resume, remove it and replace it with a career summary.  A “career objective” is information for the eyes of your network and belongs on your one page networking bio.  Not on your resume.  The career summary is here to support your positioning statement with your big skills and key accomplishments.

4.  Followed By 6-10 Key Strengths

Professional Resume Template key strengths

You can either bullet these or separate them as I have done here.  But make sure they can be quickly and easily scanned by a human.  Not just a computer (30 comma separated strengths are hard on the eyes).  Listing key strengths allows someone to quickly determine relevance to requirements on the job description.   The key strengths further support your positioning statement and career summary by identifying the specific characteristics or experience areas that cement your qualifications.

5.  Your Recent Experience

Professional Resume Template, recent experience

This is perhaps the most poorly organized section in all the resumes  and CVs I’ve seen.  The biggest issue?  People confusing responsibilities with accomplishments.  Or only including the former.  If you only include responsibilities on your resume, you will not stand out.  And you will not illustrate your value in a way that others can.  Using strong, relevant and measurable accomplishments helps hiring managers envision your doing those same great things on their team.  Your responsibilities should be written in one or two short sentences to clarify the role played, departments managed, etc.

Worth mentioning here is the use of  a company description.  Including one can be a big help if a prior company is not well known.  It can add credibility when none is apparent from the name.  For example, your company might have the number one brand of commercial floor cleaning products.  Who knew?

6.  Your Early Experience

Professional Resume Template, early experience

The only thing to illustrate here is that your early experience (10+ years ago) is less relevant and should take up less space on your resume.  Less detail on what you did and fewer accomplishments to share.  Ten years is a long time.  Of course, if your best job was 10+ years ago or if it is an important job to illustrate key abilities or industry knowledge, you can always add a few more points as space allows.

7.  Your Education

Professional Resume Template, education

For some resumes, this section can be vital.  If you have a recent degree (MBA, PhD) that you want to highlight or if you went to a top university that you know hiring managers are looking for in a candidate.  But for most, this section is more of a rubber stamp.  Degreed?  Yes.  Great.

And for others, this section represents a tough question.  Do I include dates for my education? Since there is a problem with age discrimination in some parts of the world, including dates tells a hiring manager fairly quickly how old you are.  My personal opinion is to leave the dates off if you are worried about it.  Takes away the worry.  And the truth is that your relative age will become obvious at the interview.

8.  Other

You’ll notice I don’t include any other information on the resume template.  A lot of resumes include add-ons:

  • awards, certifications, seminars attended, hobbies, references, personal accomplishments, photos

I don’t include any of those on my own resume.  And they are not on the resume template either.  Because I don’t think that they are a part of the criteria that most managers use to decide an interview schedule.  Of course, there are always exceptions.  I met a CEO/COO recently who was trying to decide whether his mountain climbing passion belonged on his resume.  In his case, mountain climbing (hard, requires strength of body/mind) supported his positioning statement (i.e. aggressive, hard charging decision maker).  Made sense.  I have seen good use of a photo (it’s on LinkedIn already, right?) but I have seen too many bad uses to recommend it for everyone.

I hope this TruFocus™ Professional Resume Template helps you focus your content within a few pages.  After all, a resume or CV is a marketing document.  You need your best content to be found quickly and easily.  And you want people to read it.  That’s why the top four sections fall within the top half of page one.

If you’d like to see my resume as an example of the resume template in action, comment below and make sure you include your e-mail in the comment form (no one can see it but me). Or you can contact me.

Would love your feedback either way . . .

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Interested in a cover letter template?

And for those of you interested in a cover letter template, here it is:  Introducing the TruFocus Cover Letter Template

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Written by: Tim Tyrell-Smith
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  • Carole

    Thanks for the template–most helpful. Look forward to receiving your example.

  • Carole

    Thanks for the template–most helpful. Look forward to receiving your example.

  • Kathy

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for providing the template. I would love to see your completed version. Please email it to me as soon as possible. I need all the help I can get!

    Thanks again.

    Kathy

  • Kathy

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks for providing the template. I would love to see your completed version. Please email it to me as soon as possible. I need all the help I can get!

    Thanks again.

    Kathy

  • Sam

    Hi Tim, nicely organized resume/CV template. Easy to read and covers all the bases. Please email you resume, want to see how you used the template, thanks.

  • Sam

    Hi Tim, nicely organized resume/CV template. Easy to read and covers all the bases. Please email you resume, want to see how you used the template, thanks.

  • Kathy, Sam and Carole – Your copies just went out via e-mail. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Kathy, Sam and Carole – Your copies just went out via e-mail. Let me know if you have any questions!

  • Glen Loock

    Tim again you come through for all of us.

    THANKS

    I would love to see your version

  • Glen Loock

    Tim again you come through for all of us.

    THANKS

    I would love to see your version

  • Dilip

    Hi,
    I liked this template and in fact I have been using this template for last eight months. I also have included two more sections like ‘Continuous professional development’ where I include seminars attended and affiliations to professional bodies etc. The other one is ‘Community Services’ which mainly mentions about involvement with community associations. This template normally takes two pages and I read few opinions suggesting to squeeze the resume to one page and I haven’t still figured out how to do that. So, what’s your opinion on how many pages the resume should be?
    Thanks,
    Dilip

  • Dilip

    Hi,
    I liked this template and in fact I have been using this template for last eight months. I also have included two more sections like ‘Continuous professional development’ where I include seminars attended and affiliations to professional bodies etc. The other one is ‘Community Services’ which mainly mentions about involvement with community associations. This template normally takes two pages and I read few opinions suggesting to squeeze the resume to one page and I haven’t still figured out how to do that. So, what’s your opinion on how many pages the resume should be?
    Thanks,
    Dilip

  • Hi Dilip – Thanks for your comment. Yes, as I mentioned in the post, there are a lot of templates out there! I did not include those extra sections in my template because I don’t think they make the list of criteria for a hiring manager. They can, however, be great fodder for a cover letter. If you write one. And if you know that the hiring manager has an interest in those subjects.

    I do not suggest squeezing a resume into a single page unless you have only one or two jobs in your career. I do, however, suggest a one page networking bio called the SoloSheet™ that is great for sharing your quick background and job search objectives with your network. It can also be adapted as a quick intro document for recruiters or hr folks – to wear a path for your more complete resume or CV.

    Generally I suggest two pages for a resume but there are exceptions of course, as well as personal preferences.

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  • Nancy

    Because the rules have changed since I had to last do a resume, and never needed a cover letter, this has been helpful. I eagerly await a copy of your resume to enhance my learning. Any hints on how to improve my linked-in profile?

  • Nancy

    Because the rules have changed since I had to last do a resume, and never needed a cover letter, this has been helpful. I eagerly await a copy of your resume to enhance my learning. Any hints on how to improve my linked-in profile?

  • Fredrik Hermann

    Dear Tim,

    Nice template, easy to follow and easy to understand. Would love to see your example.

    Cheers
    Fredrik

  • Fredrik Hermann

    Dear Tim,

    Nice template, easy to follow and easy to understand. Would love to see your example.

    Cheers
    Fredrik

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  • Annette Ward

    Tim,
    Great template, would love to see your sample resume.

    Thanks
    Annette

  • Annette Ward

    Tim,
    Great template, would love to see your sample resume.

    Thanks
    Annette

  • Fredrik, Annette and Nancy – Yours are on the way! Thanks for stopping by . . .

  • Fredrik, Annette and Nancy – Yours are on the way! Thanks for stopping by . . .

  • Nancy – send me a link to your LinkedIn profile and I will gladly take a look! Also, be sure to check out my friend Neal Schaffer’s blog. He wrote a great book on Linkedin and has some fantastic ideas on the subject.

  • Nancy – send me a link to your LinkedIn profile and I will gladly take a look! Also, be sure to check out my friend Neal Schaffer’s blog. He wrote a great book on Linkedin and has some fantastic ideas on the subject.

  • Tom L.

    Very nice template Tim. Would love to see your sample.

  • Tom L.

    Very nice template Tim. Would love to see your sample.

  • Subramanian

    Hi Tim,
    The template sounds very good, would be glad to receive a sample of it. Could you pls email it?

    cheers!!

  • Subramanian

    Hi Tim,
    The template sounds very good, would be glad to receive a sample of it. Could you pls email it?

    cheers!!

  • Prangshu Ghosh

    It is sleek. will love to have your example.
    thanks a lot ………

  • Prangshu Ghosh

    It is sleek. will love to have your example.
    thanks a lot ………

  • Josef Appell

    Tim,
    I would love to see your resume, and any comments you may have on my site.

    Thanks,
    Josef

  • Hi Dilip – Thanks for your comment. Yes, as I mentioned in the post, there are a lot of templates out there! I did not include those extra sections in my template because I don’t think they make the list of criteria for a hiring manager. They can, however, be great fodder for a cover letter. If you write one. And if you know that the hiring manager has an interest in those subjects.

    I do not suggest squeezing a resume into a single page unless you have only one or two jobs in your career. I do, however, suggest a one page networking bio called the SoloSheet™ that is great for sharing your quick background and job search objectives with your network. It can also be adapted as a quick intro document for recruiters or hr folks – to wear a path for your more complete resume or CV.

    Generally I suggest two pages for a resume but there are exceptions of course, as well as personal preferences.

  • Christina Lee

    Hi Tim,

    The resume template looks great!

    Can you please tell me what a “direct report” is? You had mentioned having 3 of those in the recommendation section for LinkedIn.

    I would love to see your resume sample. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Christina

  • Christina Lee

    Hi Tim,

    The resume template looks great!

    Can you please tell me what a “direct report” is? You had mentioned having 3 of those in the recommendation section for LinkedIn.

    I would love to see your resume sample. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Christina

  • Bindu Kumar

    Hey Tim,

    Template looks cool. Probably I would change mine as it looks gaudy now. Would look forward to your sample CV

    Cheers,
    Bindu

  • Bindu Kumar

    Hey Tim,

    Template looks cool. Probably I would change mine as it looks gaudy now. Would look forward to your sample CV

    Cheers,
    Bindu

  • Nilesh

    Dear Tim,
    The template sounds good. Kindly mail me a copy.

    Nilesh

  • Nilesh

    Dear Tim,
    The template sounds good. Kindly mail me a copy.

    Nilesh

  • Nilesh Mer

    Hi Tim,
    Thanx for sharing template. Would request you to share your mail id, I will lile to have your views on my resume.
    Nilesh Mer
    Mumbai.

  • Nilesh Mer

    Hi Tim,
    Thanx for sharing template. Would request you to share your mail id, I will lile to have your views on my resume.
    Nilesh Mer
    Mumbai.

  • T. Eagleson

    Hello Tim,

    Some interesting ideas on how to ‘fine tune’ your resume to stand out. Please send me the completed sample.

  • T. Eagleson

    Hello Tim,

    Some interesting ideas on how to ‘fine tune’ your resume to stand out. Please send me the completed sample.

  • Josef Appell

    Tim,
    I would love to see your resume, and any comments you may have on my site.

    Thanks,
    Josef

  • Hi Tim: I’ve really enjoyed reading your postings – glad I found your blog! Just curious, who else to you read / follow? Thanks.

  • Hi Tim: I’ve really enjoyed reading your postings – glad I found your blog! Just curious, who else to you read / follow? Thanks.

  • Thomas Bell

    Great template! If one has a security clearance from the federal government, could one include this in the “Other” section of the resume?

  • Thomas Bell

    Great template! If one has a security clearance from the federal government, could one include this in the “Other” section of the resume?

  • Lisa Webb

    Thanks for the great tips. Would love to see your sample.

    lisawebb1@hotmail.com

  • Lisa Webb

    Thanks for the great tips. Would love to see your sample.

    lisawebb1@hotmail.com

  • Diane

    Great template. Have used similar recently. Please forward a sample and if you have a sample cover letter would like to see as well.
    Thanks
    Diane

  • Diane

    Great template. Have used similar recently. Please forward a sample and if you have a sample cover letter would like to see as well.
    Thanks
    Diane

  • Hi Nilesh – My email is tts28@me.com – would be happy to give you a few thoughts . . .

  • Hi Nilesh – My email is tts28@me.com – would be happy to give you a few thoughts . . .

  • Hi Christina – A “direct report” is someone who you have supervised. The report to you directly. Hope that answers your question!

  • Hi Christina – A “direct report” is someone who you have supervised. The report to you directly. Hope that answers your question!

  • Hey David – As you can imagine, there are a lot of great blogs/sites out there for job seekers. Best place to go is my blog roll which includes the sites that I have found helpful. I’ll check out your site now . . .

  • Hey David – As you can imagine, there are a lot of great blogs/sites out there for job seekers. Best place to go is my blog roll which includes the sites that I have found helpful. I’ll check out your site now . . .

  • kevin putman

    thanks for the info, my res is similar but yes would appreciate to see your sample…thanks

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  • Carrie J.

    Tim,

    Thank you so much for this template… and all of “Tim’s Strategies”!
    I too think it would be helpful to see your example–I appreciate that you are willing to pass it along.

    Best regards,
    Carrie

  • Carrie J.

    Tim,

    Thank you so much for this template… and all of “Tim’s Strategies”!
    I too think it would be helpful to see your example–I appreciate that you are willing to pass it along.

    Best regards,
    Carrie

  • suba

    Hi Tim,
    Great template.

    By the way, I sometime don’t use my linkedin link in resume, instead show my blog link.
    (From blog one can reach my linkedin profile, but that is an expectation and we never know). One minor reason I don’t include my linkedin profile is that one might draw wrong conclusions about my age from long career history.

    What are your thoughts?

    regards
    suba

  • suba

    Hi Tim,
    Great template.

    By the way, I sometime don’t use my linkedin link in resume, instead show my blog link.
    (From blog one can reach my linkedin profile, but that is an expectation and we never know). One minor reason I don’t include my linkedin profile is that one might draw wrong conclusions about my age from long career history.

    What are your thoughts?

    regards
    suba

  • Karen Gentles

    Tim,

    Thanks so much for the TruFocus template … wonderfully effective, and as the name says, focused! I would love to see you version as an example as well.

    My email: karengentles@att.net

    This is a great group … am always taking away valuable nuggets.

    Karen

  • Karen Gentles

    Tim,

    Thanks so much for the TruFocus template … wonderfully effective, and as the name says, focused! I would love to see you version as an example as well.

    My email: karengentles@att.net

    This is a great group … am always taking away valuable nuggets.

    Karen

  • Hi Suba – The key for me is: what are you blogging about? If it related to your field and supportive of your job search effort then it could be fine. If not, you may have recruiters shaking their head. Also, how easy is it to find your profile link on your blog? For a busy recruiter or hiring manager to find that link and make the extra click might be too much (surprising, but true).

    Many social media recruiters are finding us on LinkedIn before they see our resume. But for those who haven’t and want to see a bit of our online presence, giving them a quick link saves them time. And that matters to them. Getting them to your LinkedIn profile gives you yet another opportunity to influence the decision on who they will bring in for an interview.

  • Hi Suba – The key for me is: what are you blogging about? If it related to your field and supportive of your job search effort then it could be fine. If not, you may have recruiters shaking their head. Also, how easy is it to find your profile link on your blog? For a busy recruiter or hiring manager to find that link and make the extra click might be too much (surprising, but true).

    Many social media recruiters are finding us on LinkedIn before they see our resume. But for those who haven’t and want to see a bit of our online presence, giving them a quick link saves them time. And that matters to them. Getting them to your LinkedIn profile gives you yet another opportunity to influence the decision on who they will bring in for an interview.

  • Ellen Prediger

    Tim,
    Some great tips in the article and those linked out from it. I would like to see your version of the template. Please do email it to me. Thanks.
    Ellen

  • Ellen Prediger

    Tim,
    Some great tips in the article and those linked out from it. I would like to see your version of the template. Please do email it to me. Thanks.
    Ellen

  • J. Perkel

    Thanks for template. Please send me your sample. Thanks in advance!
    J. Perkel

  • Thanks for all the great feedback and interest in the resume sample. All requests have been filled! If anyone is missing a sample they requested, please send me a note at tts28@me.com and I’ll take care of you right away.

  • Thanks for all the great feedback and interest in the resume sample. All requests have been filled! If anyone is missing a sample they requested, please send me a note at tts28@me.com and I’ll take care of you right away.

  • J. Perkel

    Thanks for template. Please send me your sample. Thanks in advance!
    J. Perkel

  • Subbu

    Thanks for the template. Looks great.

    Can I have the sample please. Many thanks.

  • Subbu

    Thanks for the template. Looks great.

    Can I have the sample please. Many thanks.

  • Nirav Gabani

    Hi Tim, impressive template, short but says a lot. i would like to see your sample cv. many thanks

  • Nirav Gabani

    Hi Tim, impressive template, short but says a lot. i would like to see your sample cv. many thanks

  • Jackie P.

    I like your concept, and anxious to see your finished product. Thank you!

  • Jackie P.

    I like your concept, and anxious to see your finished product. Thank you!

  • Mario

    Hi Tim. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us. What is your vision about a more academic oriented CV? We traditionally tend to include our publications (those are our biggest achievements) even when applying for a non-academic job. Do you think it is a waste of space?

  • Kim Anusewicz

    I appreciate your sharing this. I have been looking for a way to bring new life to my CV, and after reading the above, have gleened what I think is a new and creative way to present the same old thing. I’d love to see the finished product.

    Thanks,

    Kim

  • Kim Anusewicz

    I appreciate your sharing this. I have been looking for a way to bring new life to my CV, and after reading the above, have gleened what I think is a new and creative way to present the same old thing. I’d love to see the finished product.

    Thanks,

    Kim

  • Mario

    Hi Tim. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us. What is your vision about a more academic oriented CV? We traditionally tend to include our publications (those are our biggest achievements) even when applying for a non-academic job. Do you think it is a waste of space?

  • Lisa

    Great outline. After reading this I need to get revamp my resume and I can see why.
    Thanks for sharing the details here. I look forward to seeing your example.

    Lisa

  • Lisa

    Great outline. After reading this I need to get revamp my resume and I can see why.
    Thanks for sharing the details here. I look forward to seeing your example.

    Lisa

  • Thanks again everyone for the interest – your email in boxes should all now have the sample. Appreciate your coming to the site!

  • Thanks again everyone for the interest – your email in boxes should all now have the sample. Appreciate your coming to the site!

  • Ram Swaroop Sharma

    Hi Tim, Thanks for guiding, I am looking forward to see your resume sample. All the best.

  • Ram Swaroop Sharma

    Hi Tim, Thanks for guiding, I am looking forward to see your resume sample. All the best.

  • ana

    Hi Tim!

    Thanks a lot for sharing this nice template! I am currently looking to a way to reduce my 4 pages resume to 1 max 2 pages. I would be grateful to receive your own resume example.

    Regards,

    Ana

  • ana

    Hi Tim!

    Thanks a lot for sharing this nice template! I am currently looking to a way to reduce my 4 pages resume to 1 max 2 pages. I would be grateful to receive your own resume example.

    Regards,

    Ana

  • Jamie

    Tim, thank you so much for this modernized template. I am eager to get to work updating mine — after receiving your sample, of course.

    All the best,
    Jamie

  • Jamie

    Tim, thank you so much for this modernized template. I am eager to get to work updating mine — after receiving your sample, of course.

    All the best,
    Jamie

  • Liam Duggan

    Tim, thanks for your advice. I’ve been struggling with my CV for some time. The template looks great. Looking forward to receiving the sample.

    Best wishes,

    Liam

  • Liam Duggan

    Tim, thanks for your advice. I’ve been struggling with my CV for some time. The template looks great. Looking forward to receiving the sample.

    Best wishes,

    Liam

  • Jim Fimmen

    Thanks for the template. Please forward your example for further review.

  • Jim Fimmen

    Thanks for the template. Please forward your example for further review.

  • Shabbir

    Hi I will be updating my CV as per these guidelines. May I ask you to send your example (for reference). Thanks.

  • Shabbir

    Hi I will be updating my CV as per these guidelines. May I ask you to send your example (for reference). Thanks.

  • Divesh

    Hello Tim,

    Really very nice initaitive related with Resume template and i will defenately try to use this for my next resume template format. Thanks a ton. Keep updating with these types of inputs. Rich me by email: diveshpal@gmail.com or my skype id: diveshpal.zcst.

  • Divesh

    Hello Tim,

    Really very nice initaitive related with Resume template and i will defenately try to use this for my next resume template format. Thanks a ton. Keep updating with these types of inputs. Rich me by email: diveshpal@gmail.com or my skype id: diveshpal.zcst.

  • Rose

    Tim,

    Thanks for sharing this template, I am in the process of revamping my resume and this will prove to be helpful. It would be great if you could send me your final product.

    Thanks
    Rose

  • Rose

    Tim,

    Thanks for sharing this template, I am in the process of revamping my resume and this will prove to be helpful. It would be great if you could send me your final product.

    Thanks
    Rose

  • R. GOffeney

    Tim, interesting concept – it’s obvious you’ve put a lot of real work into the structure and design. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to help friends with their resumes, and I’m always looking for something to improve my advice. I’ll be sure to direct folks to this article, and of course I’d love to see from your example how it all hangs together.

    R. Goffeney

  • Yes, Rose, absolutely take off the copyright info!

  • Yes, Rose, absolutely take off the copyright info!

  • Thanks Robert – will get you a sample of my finished version later today…

  • Thanks Robert – will get you a sample of my finished version later today…

  • R. GOffeney

    Tim, interesting concept – it’s obvious you’ve put a lot of real work into the structure and design. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to help friends with their resumes, and I’m always looking for something to improve my advice. I’ll be sure to direct folks to this article, and of course I’d love to see from your example how it all hangs together.

    R. Goffeney

  • Colin Gottliebsen

    Have you tried http://www.Resatek.com? The Resatek resume template appends a standardised skill pool to the back of each resumes that enables recruiters to quickly & more easily peruse resume skills in seconds rather than having to read though entire resumes during the 1st round culling process.

  • Colin Gottliebsen

    Have you tried http://www.Resatek.com? The Resatek resume template appends a standardised skill pool to the back of each resumes that enables recruiters to quickly & more easily peruse resume skills in seconds rather than having to read though entire resumes during the 1st round culling process.

  • caroline

    Can you forward a copy of the completed resume please?.

    Thanks
    Caroline

  • caroline

    Can you forward a copy of the completed resume please?.

    Thanks
    Caroline

  • Don’t know what happened as my message seems to have disappeared. What about “creating economic value through IT-based business transformation”?

  • Don’t know what happened as my message seems to have disappeared. What about “creating economic value through IT-based business transformation”?

  • Jack Robbins

    Th question I have is…, if everyone uses the same format or layout, same keywords or whatever, how can one set themselves apart from the crowd?

  • Jack Robbins

    Th question I have is…, if everyone uses the same format or layout, same keywords or whatever, how can one set themselves apart from the crowd?

  • joyce renneke

    Love this format! I am in the process of a ‘new look’ for my resume and would love to get your completed example.

  • joyce renneke

    Love this format! I am in the process of a ‘new look’ for my resume and would love to get your completed example.

  • Carol Schuler

    Well written and a great template. I look forward to receiving your example.
    Thanks!

  • Carol Schuler

    Well written and a great template. I look forward to receiving your example.
    Thanks!

  • K. Washburn

    Thanks for the template. Please forward your example for further review.

  • K. Washburn

    Thanks for the template. Please forward your example for further review.

  • Joan

    I’d like to get a copy of the completed resume. I have been changing my resume and really liked your format.

  • Joan

    I’d like to get a copy of the completed resume. I have been changing my resume and really liked your format.

  • robin

    I’d love to see your results! Thanks!

  • robin

    I’d love to see your results! Thanks!

  • Rebecca Roe

    Great template! Thanks for sharing it! The only thing I might change is moving the education section closer to the top. What are your thoughts on this? My reasoning is that the education section doesn’t typically take up too much space and recruiters and hiring manager may not always make it to the very bottom of the experience section of the resume when scanning through it. If the education is below experience it may not always been seen, so if you want to highlight your education it might be better to move it up. And I agree that for some jobs it is simply a check mark that yes you do have the required degree, so if you can check that box when you look at the first page it just reassures you that you want to read on.

  • Rebecca Roe

    Great template! Thanks for sharing it! The only thing I might change is moving the education section closer to the top. What are your thoughts on this? My reasoning is that the education section doesn’t typically take up too much space and recruiters and hiring manager may not always make it to the very bottom of the experience section of the resume when scanning through it. If the education is below experience it may not always been seen, so if you want to highlight your education it might be better to move it up. And I agree that for some jobs it is simply a check mark that yes you do have the required degree, so if you can check that box when you look at the first page it just reassures you that you want to read on.

  • Rebecca – You anticipated my response well. I think it is a total “check that box” item. Unless you are in an industry where your education really matters (investment banking, for example) or are really fresh out of school, I would not emphasize it . . .

  • Rebecca – You anticipated my response well. I think it is a total “check that box” item. Unless you are in an industry where your education really matters (investment banking, for example) or are really fresh out of school, I would not emphasize it . . .

  • All the requested samples went out earlier today – if for some reason you did not get yours, send me a note at tts28@me.com and I’ll get one right out to you!

  • All the requested samples went out earlier today – if for some reason you did not get yours, send me a note at tts28@me.com and I’ll get one right out to you!

  • Sounds interesting Colin – thanks!

  • Sounds interesting Colin – thanks!

  • Jack – Fair point . . . But so far about 3,500 people have downloaded the template – out of millions of job seekers, I don’t think we’ll have a problem with sameness in the job seeker market. The key with a template is to make sure that your format is simple enough that your content/strengths/accomplishments can get through the clutter. However, I get your point that it makes it harder to stand out if everyone is using a similar look . . .

  • Jack – Fair point . . . But so far about 3,500 people have downloaded the template – out of millions of job seekers, I don’t think we’ll have a problem with sameness in the job seeker market. The key with a template is to make sure that your format is simple enough that your content/strengths/accomplishments can get through the clutter. However, I get your point that it makes it harder to stand out if everyone is using a similar look . . .

  • Sundeep

    Do send me a copy of the resume(template0. Thanks for giving us such good inputs. Please revert at your earliest convenience. Thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Sundeep

  • Sundeep

    Do send me a copy of the resume(template0. Thanks for giving us such good inputs. Please revert at your earliest convenience. Thanks in advance.

    Regards
    Sundeep

  • Larissa Popova

    Tim, I’d love to have your version as an example. Thanks a lot.
    Larissa

  • Larissa Popova

    Tim, I’d love to have your version as an example. Thanks a lot.
    Larissa

  • Kenneth D’Souza

    Hi Tim, Seems like you have a great following. Can I get a copy of your resume template
    Cheers
    Ken

  • Kenneth D’Souza

    Hi Tim, Seems like you have a great following. Can I get a copy of your resume template
    Cheers
    Ken

  • Arlin

    Whoa !!! Now this/you are just what I have been searching/researching for !!!
    I am attempting to update my resume/CV (last update was 3.5 yrs ago). . . making some career direction changes and in need of some up-to-date, fresh and exciting ideas for my resume/CV. . . I do not believe in the cookie cutter styles, never have/never will. . .
    Yes, please send over your personal example !!!
    Thanks So Much. . .
    Arlin :*)

  • Arlin

    Whoa !!! Now this/you are just what I have been searching/researching for !!!
    I am attempting to update my resume/CV (last update was 3.5 yrs ago). . . making some career direction changes and in need of some up-to-date, fresh and exciting ideas for my resume/CV. . . I do not believe in the cookie cutter styles, never have/never will. . .
    Yes, please send over your personal example !!!
    Thanks So Much. . .
    Arlin :*)

  • Jeff

    Tim
    I’d like to get a copy of your resume. I like the changes they make sense, any thoughts on Cover Leters or follow-ups?

  • Jeff

    Tim
    I’d like to get a copy of your resume. I like the changes they make sense, any thoughts on Cover Leters or follow-ups?

  • Tim- I’m interested in seeing your completed resume. Although mine was reviewed by several industry professionals and their suggestions implemented, I’ve had no luck, especially with the ‘resume black hole’ of online applications. thanks, Paul

  • Tim- I’m interested in seeing your completed resume. Although mine was reviewed by several industry professionals and their suggestions implemented, I’ve had no luck, especially with the ‘resume black hole’ of online applications. thanks, Paul

  • Mugunthan

    What about having a career objective in the resume. Will that add any value or will that be a normal statement

  • Mugunthan

    What about having a career objective in the resume. Will that add any value or will that be a normal statement

  • Hi Mugunthan – I do not recommend a career objective in the resume. Once you have applied for a job, your objective is much more specific – to get a job with that company. A career summary is much more relevant to the reader.

    However, a career objective is perfect for a networking bio – one that is used to tell your network what you want as specifically as possible. That is a great use for an objective.

    Also, while I do not disagree with Mark that separating yourself is important, I did not include a space for awards/educational successes in this template because I think those are less relevant than your business strengths/accomplishments.

    But I think it depends on where you are in your career. I would absolutely include those in my resume if I were younger/still looking to build a solid set of work accomplishments. But as you get older, your schooling becomes less relevant for many hiring managers (i.e. you either have a degree or you do not). And sales awards can be hard to quantify/value.

  • Hi Mugunthan – I do not recommend a career objective in the resume. Once you have applied for a job, your objective is much more specific – to get a job with that company. A career summary is much more relevant to the reader.

    However, a career objective is perfect for a networking bio – one that is used to tell your network what you want as specifically as possible. That is a great use for an objective.

    Also, while I do not disagree with Mark that separating yourself is important, I did not include a space for awards/educational successes in this template because I think those are less relevant than your business strengths/accomplishments.

    But I think it depends on where you are in your career. I would absolutely include those in my resume if I were younger/still looking to build a solid set of work accomplishments. But as you get older, your schooling becomes less relevant for many hiring managers (i.e. you either have a degree or you do not). And sales awards can be hard to quantify/value.

  • Dennis Bowers

    Tim,

    I would also like to sees a completed resume using your template and possibly a cover and BIO.

    Thanks

  • Dennis Bowers

    Tim,

    I would also like to sees a completed resume using your template and possibly a cover and BIO.

    Thanks

  • Tim,
    Great template, would like to receive the completed template.
    Thanks,
    Emily

  • Tim,
    Great template, would like to receive the completed template.
    Thanks,
    Emily

  • Alan Wolstencroft

    Hi Tim,

    I’m in. Please send me the resume. Thank you very much.

    Alan

    P.S. Please check out my website!

  • Saxton Weir

    Tim –

    I would love to see your completed version of theTruFocus resume.

  • Saxton Weir

    Tim –

    I would love to see your completed version of theTruFocus resume.

  • Michael Hartberger

    Tim,

    Would love to see a copy of the resume…sounds like a winner!

    Michael

  • Michael Hartberger

    Tim,

    Would love to see a copy of the resume…sounds like a winner!

    Michael

  • Gordon Copeland

    Tim,
    I would love to see a copy of your resume… I really like the layout..

    Gordon

  • Gordon Copeland

    Tim,
    I would love to see a copy of your resume… I really like the layout..

    Gordon

  • larry k

    Tim
    thanks for the insight. please forward me a copy of your resume for my
    education.

    thanks,
    larry k

  • larry k

    Tim
    thanks for the insight. please forward me a copy of your resume for my
    education.

    thanks,
    larry k

  • Yasir

    I’ve been looking for a template for a while now, and yours is really great, can I get your resume to see how you used the template.
    Thank you.

  • Yasir

    I’ve been looking for a template for a while now, and yours is really great, can I get your resume to see how you used the template.
    Thank you.

  • Alan Wolstencroft

    Hi Tim,

    I’m in. Please send me the resume. Thank you very much.

    Alan

    P.S. Please check out my website!

  • Thanks again everyone for all the great interest, comments and feedback. All samples requested have been sent!

  • Thanks again everyone for all the great interest, comments and feedback. All samples requested have been sent!

  • Taj Ali

    Thanks a lot for this great effort; it is a unique format which I have ever seen.
    Looking forward to receive this format, please send it to me also.

  • Taj Ali

    Thanks a lot for this great effort; it is a unique format which I have ever seen.
    Looking forward to receive this format, please send it to me also.

  • Joe

    Tim,
    Thanks for posting this, it is just what I have been looking for.

    Would love to to see the completed sample if possible

    Thanks,
    Joe

  • Joe

    Tim,
    Thanks for posting this, it is just what I have been looking for.

    Would love to to see the completed sample if possible

    Thanks,
    Joe

  • Colin Gottliebsen

    Also try http://www.resatek.com will also cleanse and standardise all resume skills and append a one page skill summary to the resume. Makes it easier for recruitment companies to quickly view resume’s

  • Colin Gottliebsen

    Also try http://www.resatek.com will also cleanse and standardise all resume skills and append a one page skill summary to the resume. Makes it easier for recruitment companies to quickly view resume’s

  • Nan Marchello

    Thanks Tim. I especially like “your position statement”.

    Love to see your completed version.

    Nan

  • Nan Marchello

    Thanks Tim. I especially like “your position statement”.

    Love to see your completed version.

    Nan

  • Jessica

    Very useful information. Thank you, in advance, for your completed sample.

  • Jessica

    Very useful information. Thank you, in advance, for your completed sample.

  • Luz

    Hi Tim,
    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I´m from Argentina with forty years and in a job searching I´d like to generate a positive and interesting difference with my resume
    Thank you in advance if you could send me (as an example) a complete CV with this template, and possibly to cover letter and bio.

    Luz

  • Luz

    Hi Tim,
    Thank you for sharing this information.
    I´m from Argentina with forty years and in a job searching I´d like to generate a positive and interesting difference with my resume
    Thank you in advance if you could send me (as an example) a complete CV with this template, and possibly to cover letter and bio.

    Luz

  • Wes

    Tim:

    Great information and thanks for sharing! Would like to see your version of this template.

    Wes

  • Wes

    Tim:

    Great information and thanks for sharing! Would like to see your version of this template.

    Wes

  • Somnath Ray

    Tim,
    I’ll really appreciate if you can send me a copy of your resume.
    Thanks in advance.
    Somnath

  • Somnath Ray

    Tim,
    I’ll really appreciate if you can send me a copy of your resume.
    Thanks in advance.
    Somnath

  • michel zardini

    Thks.

    Looking forward to receive your resume.
    Michel

  • michel zardini

    Thks.

    Looking forward to receive your resume.
    Michel

  • Murtaza Hazari

    Hi Tim,

    Job nicely done, I would also like to see your copy of resume to get some reference.

    Thanks
    Murtaza Hazari

  • Murtaza Hazari

    Hi Tim,

    Job nicely done, I would also like to see your copy of resume to get some reference.

    Thanks
    Murtaza Hazari

  • Jeanne

    Interesting – your template is not far from my own resume. WOuld you please send a sopy of yours for reference?

    Thanks

  • Jeanne

    Interesting – your template is not far from my own resume. WOuld you please send a sopy of yours for reference?

    Thanks

  • Wendy Pena

    Please send me a copy of this as well. I think the presentation of a resume is an important step not to miss so this would be most helpful.
    Thanks.

  • Wendy Pena

    Please send me a copy of this as well. I think the presentation of a resume is an important step not to miss so this would be most helpful.
    Thanks.

  • Geroge Santos

    Hi Tim,

    Really good article!

    Good you send me a copy of your complete CV for reference?

    Thanks,

    George

  • Geroge Santos

    Hi Tim,

    Really good article!

    Good you send me a copy of your complete CV for reference?

    Thanks,

    George

  • Kyle Nowroski

    Tim, I’d love to have a copy as well. I recently attended a job search program and they revamped my resume format which is on my linkedin profile. They also gave me a cover letter which I feel could use a revamp as well. Looking forward to your version.

    Thanks,
    Kyle

  • Kyle Nowroski

    Tim, I’d love to have a copy as well. I recently attended a job search program and they revamped my resume format which is on my linkedin profile. They also gave me a cover letter which I feel could use a revamp as well. Looking forward to your version.

    Thanks,
    Kyle

  • mark

    Tim A challenge. I have been in the graphics industry for my entire career, I am looking for new opportunities, a new direction and to find new employment, and do not want my resume to type cast me any more than it is already doing. I have worked for a bulk mailing company, printing companies (pre & post press), advertising agencies, desktop publishing services, inhouse graphics for a consumer goods company and a b to b publisher. No direct web experience. My customer service skills are excellent and I need to find a new path. Any suggestions?

  • mark

    Tim A challenge. I have been in the graphics industry for my entire career, I am looking for new opportunities, a new direction and to find new employment, and do not want my resume to type cast me any more than it is already doing. I have worked for a bulk mailing company, printing companies (pre & post press), advertising agencies, desktop publishing services, inhouse graphics for a consumer goods company and a b to b publisher. No direct web experience. My customer service skills are excellent and I need to find a new path. Any suggestions?

  • Robin

    This is a totally different way of doing a resume. Would you please send me a sample resume so I can better grasp the concept? I’d appreciate any advice on cover letters as well. Thank you very much.

  • Robin

    This is a totally different way of doing a resume. Would you please send me a sample resume so I can better grasp the concept? I’d appreciate any advice on cover letters as well. Thank you very much.

  • Wayne DeBack

    Thank you for a great template. I especially liked the differentiation between the recent and early experience. I applied this to my resume and am happy with the result.

  • More thanks to everyone for your interest! All requested samples are out the door. If you did not get one, let me know via tts28@me.com. Note that I am developing a cover letter template as well. And please consider signing up for the rss feed or email updates – more good stuff on the way!

    @Wayne – glad the application helped you!

    @Mark – re: your challenge . . . it is a tough time to change functions (so competitive that companies can avoid risk by hiring someone who already has specific job experience). But it is a great time to get experience via contract roles/temp positions and education (seminars, classes) to begin building credibility in a new function. In terms of the new path, if you have a few ideas, start to pursue them in any way you can so you can learn how it feels to do it. If the problem is that you are not sure what you’d like to do, here is where conversations with friends, former bosses can help you. If you have a few $’s to spend, a career coach can be a great help.

  • More thanks to everyone for your interest! All requested samples are out the door. If you did not get one, let me know via tts28@me.com. Note that I am developing a cover letter template as well. And please consider signing up for the rss feed or email updates – more good stuff on the way!

    @Wayne – glad the application helped you!

    @Mark – re: your challenge . . . it is a tough time to change functions (so competitive that companies can avoid risk by hiring someone who already has specific job experience). But it is a great time to get experience via contract roles/temp positions and education (seminars, classes) to begin building credibility in a new function. In terms of the new path, if you have a few ideas, start to pursue them in any way you can so you can learn how it feels to do it. If the problem is that you are not sure what you’d like to do, here is where conversations with friends, former bosses can help you. If you have a few $’s to spend, a career coach can be a great help.

  • Kris

    Great Template and like to learn more from your resume and also to be able learn more from others too.

    thanks for sharing

    KJ

  • Kris

    Great Template and like to learn more from your resume and also to be able learn more from others too.

    thanks for sharing

    KJ

  • Lotfi Friji

    Great article Tim and thanks for sharing. I would love to see a sample resume, if you could, Tim. Many thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Lotfi Friji

    Great article Tim and thanks for sharing. I would love to see a sample resume, if you could, Tim. Many thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Wayne DeBack

    Thank you for a great template. I especially liked the differentiation between the recent and early experience. I applied this to my resume and am happy with the result.

  • yasmin

    Dear Tim. its really gr8 thanx a lot…would u like to share me your resume as example with my given email address….i would be really thanful for tht favr..regards

  • yasmin

    Dear Tim. its really gr8 thanx a lot…would u like to share me your resume as example with my given email address….i would be really thanful for tht favr..regards

  • swetha srivathshan

    To the point! I liked your template. The one I use is quite similar but needs a few corrections. Please do share your example.

    Regards,
    Swetha

  • swetha srivathshan

    To the point! I liked your template. The one I use is quite similar but needs a few corrections. Please do share your example.

    Regards,
    Swetha

  • Aliona

    Hi Tim,
    Very good article.
    Can you please send me a copy of your sample?
    Many thanks,
    Aliona.

  • Aliona

    Hi Tim,
    Very good article.
    Can you please send me a copy of your sample?
    Many thanks,
    Aliona.

  • Hi Tim!

    Thanks for these really good tips! I would be very happy if you could share a sample resume with me!

  • Hi Tim!

    Thanks for these really good tips! I would be very happy if you could share a sample resume with me!

  • Ronke Okuwa

    Thanks for this. I look forward to seeing your completed version.

  • Ronke Okuwa

    Thanks for this. I look forward to seeing your completed version.

  • Sounds like a great template to try. I have reworked mine several times, and am never satisfied with it. How to get 25+ years of accomplishments down to two pages? In a readable font size!

    Would love to see your actual example of this template. Thanks in advance.

    Melani

  • Sounds like a great template to try. I have reworked mine several times, and am never satisfied with it. How to get 25+ years of accomplishments down to two pages? In a readable font size!

    Would love to see your actual example of this template. Thanks in advance.

    Melani

  • Cherie Chavis

    I have appreciated your insight and tip… I would love to see your resume as an example.

    Thanks!

    Cherie

  • Cherie Chavis

    I have appreciated your insight and tip… I would love to see your resume as an example.

    Thanks!

    Cherie

  • Robert Glenister

    Thanks for the TrueFocus Resume Template – Very well thought out. I run a job networking group for HP Alumni in the Bay Area. I will be posting a link to your information for my attendees to consider using.

    Also please send me your example completed Resume.

    Thanks,

    Robert

  • Robert Glenister

    Thanks for the TrueFocus Resume Template – Very well thought out. I run a job networking group for HP Alumni in the Bay Area. I will be posting a link to your information for my attendees to consider using.

    Also please send me your example completed Resume.

    Thanks,

    Robert

  • Predrag

    Looks very interesting and refreshing. Could you be so kind to send me completed Resume?

    Thank you in advance

    Best

    Predrag

  • Predrag

    Looks very interesting and refreshing. Could you be so kind to send me completed Resume?

    Thank you in advance

    Best

    Predrag

  • Lenny

    Hey Tim,

    Great comments. I have a lot of this in my resume but I would like to have you send your sample resume. I’m sure there are things I can pull out of it to tweak mine further.

    Thanks

    Lenny

  • Lenny

    Hey Tim,

    Great comments. I have a lot of this in my resume but I would like to have you send your sample resume. I’m sure there are things I can pull out of it to tweak mine further.

    Thanks

    Lenny

  • Barb

    All info is appreciated have needed a resume in years. Thank you

  • Barb

    All info is appreciated have needed a resume in years. Thank you

  • floyd

    This article is informative and intelligent.
    Please send your resume.

    Cheers
    Floyd

  • floyd

    This article is informative and intelligent.
    Please send your resume.

    Cheers
    Floyd

  • Bayo Mohammed Onimode Jnr

    Thanks for the template. Its most helpful. I look forward to receiving your sample Resume. Thank you

  • Bayo Mohammed Onimode Jnr

    Thanks for the template. Its most helpful. I look forward to receiving your sample Resume. Thank you

  • Hi folks – just sent out all the samples from yesterday and this morning. Really appreciate all the great feedback. Would love to hear from you as you begin to implement the template and have feedback. Please come back to the site – more good ideas (I hope!) on the way . . .

  • Hi folks – just sent out all the samples from yesterday and this morning. Really appreciate all the great feedback. Would love to hear from you as you begin to implement the template and have feedback. Please come back to the site – more good ideas (I hope!) on the way . . .

  • This template generally follows what I teach and recommend. there is one area that I really do disagree with that has to do with awards and certifications.

    These are two areas that can help make your resume stand out. In fact, The Adler Group which is a very well-known and respected consulting firm who trains corporate and third-party recruiters, teaches a search technique that has recruiters specifically looking for that data with key words.

    This is taught not only for online resumes, but resumes contained within the recruiters own database systems.

    For example, if you’re looking for a sales pro, you might include the search term President’s Club, etc.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am the individual who certifies all recruiters world-wide for Adler.

  • This template generally follows what I teach and recommend. there is one area that I really do disagree with that has to do with awards and certifications.

    These are two areas that can help make your resume stand out. In fact, The Adler Group which is a very well-known and respected consulting firm who trains corporate and third-party recruiters, teaches a search technique that has recruiters specifically looking for that data with key words.

    This is taught not only for online resumes, but resumes contained within the recruiters own database systems.

    For example, if you’re looking for a sales pro, you might include the search term President’s Club, etc.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I am the individual who certifies all recruiters world-wide for Adler.

  • Muhammad

    Nice Template.

    Can i have a copy please?

    Thanks and Regards.

    MI

  • Muhammad

    Nice Template.

    Can i have a copy please?

    Thanks and Regards.

    MI

  • abbey

    I struggle with cutting information from my resume and really like your template.
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

  • abbey

    I struggle with cutting information from my resume and really like your template.
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

  • ellen

    hi tim – thanks for the suggestions…..can you send me a copy of your completed resume and cover letter if you have one? thanks so much – looking forward to something to help the search process!

  • ellen

    hi tim – thanks for the suggestions…..can you send me a copy of your completed resume and cover letter if you have one? thanks so much – looking forward to something to help the search process!

  • Hey Carl – Thanks for your comment and criticism. Love that! As I said in the post, there are always exceptions. My main point was don’t create a section for the incidentals. However, if you have an award as a result of a key accomplishment, add it next to the accomplishment to show the relationship between the two. If you have key certifications, include them as a strength (Pro User of XX Software). Appreciate your experience and additions, Carl Thanks!

  • Hey Carl – Thanks for your comment and criticism. Love that! As I said in the post, there are always exceptions. My main point was don’t create a section for the incidentals. However, if you have an award as a result of a key accomplishment, add it next to the accomplishment to show the relationship between the two. If you have key certifications, include them as a strength (Pro User of XX Software). Appreciate your experience and additions, Carl Thanks!

  • Kevin Yan

    Good template. I’d like to get a soft copy from you . Thanks

  • Kevin Yan

    Good template. I’d like to get a soft copy from you . Thanks

  • Rahul jain

    hi ….
    This formats is really nice and in proper way, can u sent me soft copy.

  • Rahul jain

    hi ….
    This formats is really nice and in proper way, can u sent me soft copy.

  • Sreejith

    Hi Tim,

    Excellent template. Could you please send me the sample?

    Thanks in advance

    Sreejith

  • Sreejith

    Hi Tim,

    Excellent template. Could you please send me the sample?

    Thanks in advance

    Sreejith

  • Hi Tim, I really like your template, can you send me your example too?

  • Hi Tim, I really like your template, can you send me your example too?

  • Lillie

    As someone who has reworked their resume multiple times (and paid a professional to write one for me) I appreciate you sharing your template. I would like to see your example. Thanks.

    Lillie

  • Lillie

    As someone who has reworked their resume multiple times (and paid a professional to write one for me) I appreciate you sharing your template. I would like to see your example. Thanks.

    Lillie

  • Mary

    Would love to see the finished example. I love this format! Transforming my old, standard resume for a career change!

  • Mary

    Would love to see the finished example. I love this format! Transforming my old, standard resume for a career change!

  • Crystal

    Loved the article and looking forward to seeing your example. I’ve re-worked my resume multiple times and really need to see something that works!

  • Crystal

    Loved the article and looking forward to seeing your example. I’ve re-worked my resume multiple times and really need to see something that works!

  • Ron Tomlinson

    Hello Tim, I loved your TruFocus Resume format. I liked the additions of “Positioning Statement” and “Key Strengths” at the beginning of the resume.

    Per another reader who commented, I put “Education and Professional Development” into one category which has my degrees, certifications, and seminars attended.

    I added at the end of my resume “Program Management and Technical Skills” section which has a lot of CAD courses, design courses etc… in bullet form. This may be what you mean by “Key Strengths”?

    As another reader, I did add that I’ve “Obtained Secret Security Clearance” do to my profession.

    Like the LinkedIn link or personal blog link, would you recommend adding your Skype ID?

    What do you think of the Guerilla Resume formats which tend to add colorfulness and pictures etc…?

    As you mentioned, I have a separate SoloSheet (document) which I call a Career Search Strategy that has an objective, qualifications/skills, personal skills, company attributes, people I need to meet and industries/companies of potential interest.

    Also, I’m very interested in an international assignment in Europe and I’m told to add my photo on the CV. The photo is the same as on my LinkedIn profile.

    Again, I really appreciate your TruFocus Resume and would like a copy of yours for reference. Thanks again, –Ron T. 🙂

  • Ron Tomlinson

    Hello Tim, I loved your TruFocus Resume format. I liked the additions of “Positioning Statement” and “Key Strengths” at the beginning of the resume.

    Per another reader who commented, I put “Education and Professional Development” into one category which has my degrees, certifications, and seminars attended.

    I added at the end of my resume “Program Management and Technical Skills” section which has a lot of CAD courses, design courses etc… in bullet form. This may be what you mean by “Key Strengths”?

    As another reader, I did add that I’ve “Obtained Secret Security Clearance” do to my profession.

    Like the LinkedIn link or personal blog link, would you recommend adding your Skype ID?

    What do you think of the Guerilla Resume formats which tend to add colorfulness and pictures etc…?

    As you mentioned, I have a separate SoloSheet (document) which I call a Career Search Strategy that has an objective, qualifications/skills, personal skills, company attributes, people I need to meet and industries/companies of potential interest.

    Also, I’m very interested in an international assignment in Europe and I’m told to add my photo on the CV. The photo is the same as on my LinkedIn profile.

    Again, I really appreciate your TruFocus Resume and would like a copy of yours for reference. Thanks again, –Ron T. 🙂

  • Swarn

    Hey Tim, wonderful template, to the point and so accurate,… and correct… would like to have one example to be mailed. Kindly send in your example. Thanx

  • Swarn

    Hey Tim, wonderful template, to the point and so accurate,… and correct… would like to have one example to be mailed. Kindly send in your example. Thanx

  • All requested samples are sent! Thanks for everyone’s interest and please share your feedback!

  • All requested samples are sent! Thanks for everyone’s interest and please share your feedback!

  • Hi Ron – Just sent your sample a little earlier this AM. I have no problem with people adding sections to this template. It is not meant to be static and everyone’s situation is different. In terms of your questions:

    Skype ID – lower on the priority list – unless you are in an industry that utilizes it and will expect to see that information.

    Guerrilla – Pictures can be used if they are good ones and help to reinforce a particular positioning. Have a few other people review your photo before you use it. Color is all in the execution. If interested, I would suggest just using a little bit as a way to reinforce content or add a small bit of interest. Too much and you may distract from your content . . .
    Good luck!

  • Hi Ron – Just sent your sample a little earlier this AM. I have no problem with people adding sections to this template. It is not meant to be static and everyone’s situation is different. In terms of your questions:

    Skype ID – lower on the priority list – unless you are in an industry that utilizes it and will expect to see that information.

    Guerrilla – Pictures can be used if they are good ones and help to reinforce a particular positioning. Have a few other people review your photo before you use it. Color is all in the execution. If interested, I would suggest just using a little bit as a way to reinforce content or add a small bit of interest. Too much and you may distract from your content . . .
    Good luck!

  • Paa Kay

    Thanks Tim, i would greatly appreciate a full version, example. How does it differ from the traditional chronological or functional resume?

  • Max

    Hi Tim, your article and suggestions are quite interesting. Could you please send me your resume example?
    many thanks,

    Max

  • Max

    Hi Tim, your article and suggestions are quite interesting. Could you please send me your resume example?
    many thanks,

    Max

  • Chris

    Hello,

    I received advice to put the title of the job you’re applying for in your objective. I guess the same could be done with the positioning statement, along with some adjectives. What do you think?

    I look forward to receiveing your completed version.

    Thank you!

  • Chris

    Hello,

    I received advice to put the title of the job you’re applying for in your objective. I guess the same could be done with the positioning statement, along with some adjectives. What do you think?

    I look forward to receiveing your completed version.

    Thank you!

  • Tatiana

    Hi,

    I would appreciate if you send me a copy of CV template to my e-mail: tafanassieva@yandex.ru.

    Thank you in advance,
    Tatiana

  • Tatiana

    Hi,

    I would appreciate if you send me a copy of CV template to my e-mail: tafanassieva@yandex.ru.

    Thank you in advance,
    Tatiana

  • Bhargava Raju

    Hi,

    Your tips were great, especially the presentation of skills.

    I do want to go through your example CV. Please send it across to me.

    Thank you very much.

  • Bhargava Raju

    Hi,

    Your tips were great, especially the presentation of skills.

    I do want to go through your example CV. Please send it across to me.

    Thank you very much.

  • Susan

    Good outline/template. However, as an HR professional, I would recommend to all Technology folks that you do include certifications. Those can be key and they should be toward the top of the resume. Remember a hiring manager makes decisions within less than a minute if they want to hear more about the candidate. Also, leave off the personal information (religion, hobbies, etc.). That is really considered unprofessional.

  • Susan

    Good outline/template. However, as an HR professional, I would recommend to all Technology folks that you do include certifications. Those can be key and they should be toward the top of the resume. Remember a hiring manager makes decisions within less than a minute if they want to hear more about the candidate. Also, leave off the personal information (religion, hobbies, etc.). That is really considered unprofessional.

  • Jeff Hyman

    Hi Tim:

    Please email me yours as well. I’m in the process of re-vamping and want to see how you did it.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • Jeff Hyman

    Hi Tim:

    Please email me yours as well. I’m in the process of re-vamping and want to see how you did it.

    Thanks,

    Jeff

  • Hey Chris – Just sent your sample. I don’t recommend including an objective statement on your resume. But you can definitely fill your resume with important and relevant keywords. You can do this in the positioning statement, career summary and key strengths areas of the template. Thanks for the question!

  • Hey Chris – Just sent your sample. I don’t recommend including an objective statement on your resume. But you can definitely fill your resume with important and relevant keywords. You can do this in the positioning statement, career summary and key strengths areas of the template. Thanks for the question!

  • Thanks Susan – for specific fields and positions, absolutely agree that certifications are important. Appreciate your critical eye!

  • Thanks Susan – for specific fields and positions, absolutely agree that certifications are important. Appreciate your critical eye!

  • Jitesh Dave

    Hi Tim

    Your Resume template is straight, precise, simple to read and yet pretty effective. Would love to read yours.

    Thanks

    Jitesh

  • Jitesh Dave

    Hi Tim

    Your Resume template is straight, precise, simple to read and yet pretty effective. Would love to read yours.

    Thanks

    Jitesh

  • Mike

    Tim,

    CV Template looks great…simply but precise. I would like to see an example of how it was used.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • Mike

    Tim,

    CV Template looks great…simply but precise. I would like to see an example of how it was used.

    Thanks,

    Mike

  • Kimberly Rekart

    Tim,
    Very interesting. Mine follows something similar, but I like the changes you have included.
    Please send me your resume as an example. I look forward to reading reading it.

  • Kimberly Rekart

    Tim,
    Very interesting. Mine follows something similar, but I like the changes you have included.
    Please send me your resume as an example. I look forward to reading reading it.

  • Matt

    Tim,
    This is a great tool. Please send me you resume example.
    Thank you,

  • Matt

    Tim,
    This is a great tool. Please send me you resume example.
    Thank you,

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  • Colin Gottliebsen

    You maybe interest in also cleansing and standardising the skills in you resume. In this way recruitment comapnies have a 35% better chance of matching you with their keyword search candidate mathcing software

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  • Harold Thibodeaux

    Hello Tim,
    Thank you for the resume template. I have begun to use it for a complete makeover of my resume. Do you have examples that would illustrate each of the sections of the resume? If you have some, please send them to me at the email address above and I would be extremely grateful.
    Thanks again for sharing the resume template and coverletter.

  • Harold Thibodeaux

    Hello Tim,
    Thank you for the resume template. I have begun to use it for a complete makeover of my resume. Do you have examples that would illustrate each of the sections of the resume? If you have some, please send them to me at the email address above and I would be extremely grateful.
    Thanks again for sharing the resume template and coverletter.

  • Naima Lynah

    This is great information and I thank you. My biggest problem is writing that positioning statement and a short but compelling bio for web pages. Still working on it. Will be reading the rest of your blogs. I agree the market now and presenting yourself in the market is so very different then 5, 10 years ago. It’s so much harder. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Naima Lynah

    This is great information and I thank you. My biggest problem is writing that positioning statement and a short but compelling bio for web pages. Still working on it. Will be reading the rest of your blogs. I agree the market now and presenting yourself in the market is so very different then 5, 10 years ago. It’s so much harder. Thanks again for sharing.

  • Selcuk

    Hi Tim
    Can you please send me the CV template to selcukfiliz@hotmail.com. I would like to update my CV format. Thank you

  • Selcuk

    Hi Tim
    Can you please send me the CV template to selcukfiliz@hotmail.com. I would like to update my CV format. Thank you

  • Mike

    Hi Tim- I was also wondering if I can get a complete copy of both your templates?

  • Mike

    Hi Tim- I was also wondering if I can get a complete copy of both your templates?

  • c jones

    Hi Tim,

    Your approach appears to be sound and logical. I would very much appreciate a copy of the template if you can send to my email address included above.

    Thanks and regards,

    Curtis

  • c jones

    Hi Tim,

    Your approach appears to be sound and logical. I would very much appreciate a copy of the template if you can send to my email address included above.

    Thanks and regards,

    Curtis

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  • Thanks everyone for your interest! All requested samples have been sent! Please do share your feedback . . .

    @Naima – Yes. Writing a positioning statement is not easy. To take your value and sum it up in 4-6 words takes time – but once done it is well worth it!

  • Thanks everyone for your interest! All requested samples have been sent! Please do share your feedback . . .

    @Naima – Yes. Writing a positioning statement is not easy. To take your value and sum it up in 4-6 words takes time – but once done it is well worth it!

  • Dwayne Shores

    I would like to see your example. My resume is close to your template, but a couple area’s could use some focus on mine.

    Thanks.
    Dwayne

  • Dwayne Shores

    I would like to see your example. My resume is close to your template, but a couple area’s could use some focus on mine.

    Thanks.
    Dwayne

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  • Tammy

    I am looking to update my resume as it has been several years. I like your suggestions and would like to see your example. Thank you for your assistance.

  • Tammy

    I am looking to update my resume as it has been several years. I like your suggestions and would like to see your example. Thank you for your assistance.

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  • Barbara

    Hi Tim,

    I have not had to formally apply to a job in almost 15 years. My resume has been “out there” for over 3 months with no viable responses. I suffered from the “old” format blues. I knew I needed to change it but from all the samples I previewed, I couldn’t figure out quite how. During one of my hundreds of searches, I came upon your website — I’m so grateful! I finally feel like I have clear instructions on how to approach a rewrite that will get me noticed and bring me into the 21st Century with a modern resume format! Would you mind sending me your resume and cover letter as well so I can see an example of how you applied your outline? Thanks a bunch!!!!

  • Barbara

    Hi Tim,

    I have not had to formally apply to a job in almost 15 years. My resume has been “out there” for over 3 months with no viable responses. I suffered from the “old” format blues. I knew I needed to change it but from all the samples I previewed, I couldn’t figure out quite how. During one of my hundreds of searches, I came upon your website — I’m so grateful! I finally feel like I have clear instructions on how to approach a rewrite that will get me noticed and bring me into the 21st Century with a modern resume format! Would you mind sending me your resume and cover letter as well so I can see an example of how you applied your outline? Thanks a bunch!!!!

  • Steve Casper

    I am looking to freshen my resume. Your template seems right and I would appreciate a copy of your example. Thanks.

  • Steve Casper

    I am looking to freshen my resume. Your template seems right and I would appreciate a copy of your example. Thanks.

  • Wendy

    I am also in progress of making changes to my resume and would also like to see your example. I always thought mine was good but I haven’t been getting any interviews. The times have changed and I need to really make my resume (experience) stand out!

  • Wendy

    I am also in progress of making changes to my resume and would also like to see your example. I always thought mine was good but I haven’t been getting any interviews. The times have changed and I need to really make my resume (experience) stand out!

  • Hi Barbara – Glad to have you! Will send my info today . . .

  • Hi Barbara – Glad to have you! Will send my info today . . .

  • Frank

    Hi Tim,
    This is a grate guideline for a CV template. I would love to see your completed version. Please email it to me as soon as possible.

    Thanks for your support.

    Frank

  • Frank

    Hi Tim,
    This is a grate guideline for a CV template. I would love to see your completed version. Please email it to me as soon as possible.

    Thanks for your support.

    Frank

  • Asim

    Hello Tim,

    Your guidelines on CV writing are immaculate. Its been time since i last updated my resume and was struggling to find a good way to highlight my expertise and achievements in the last couple of years. Now that i found your template guidelines i think its definitely one of the best ways to format mine. Can you please be kind enough to send me the completed version so that i can compare it with mine?

    Thanks,
    __
    Asim

  • Asim

    Hello Tim,

    Your guidelines on CV writing are immaculate. Its been time since i last updated my resume and was struggling to find a good way to highlight my expertise and achievements in the last couple of years. Now that i found your template guidelines i think its definitely one of the best ways to format mine. Can you please be kind enough to send me the completed version so that i can compare it with mine?

    Thanks,
    __
    Asim

  • Lisa L.

    Love the resume format! Is there any way I can get a copy of the template sent to my email? Thanks!

  • Lisa L.

    Love the resume format! Is there any way I can get a copy of the template sent to my email? Thanks!

  • Darrell

    Tim,

    This is very interesting material. Would you be kind enough to send me a copy of the template(s) to the above e-mail address. Thank you in advance.

    Darrell

  • Darrell

    Tim,

    This is very interesting material. Would you be kind enough to send me a copy of the template(s) to the above e-mail address. Thank you in advance.

    Darrell

  • Darren Huff

    Tim,

    Great common sense stuff. Things sure have changed from the old days. I’d appreciate a copy of the template as well when you get some time.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Darren Huff

  • Claire

    Hi, I was wondering if you could send me your template CV?
    Many thanks for sharing this!

    Claire

  • Claire

    Hi, I was wondering if you could send me your template CV?
    Many thanks for sharing this!

    Claire

  • Darren Huff

    Tim,

    Great common sense stuff. Things sure have changed from the old days. I’d appreciate a copy of the template as well when you get some time.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Darren Huff

  • Bob Pantalone

    Tim,
    Great template, would love to see your sample resume. I’m 60 and have been struggling to get face to face with hiring managers. I’need help!!

    Thanks
    Bob

  • Bob Pantalone

    Tim,
    Great template, would love to see your sample resume. I’m 60 and have been struggling to get face to face with hiring managers. I’need help!!

    Thanks
    Bob

  • Gene

    Tim,

    Great information, especially the way you broke it into 7 sections and commented about what, why, or why not for each.
    I would appreciate a copy of your resume and cover letter examples. It may also help if you could provide a copy of the associated job listing to see how you covered the requirements.

    Thanks,
    Gene

  • Gene

    Tim,

    Great information, especially the way you broke it into 7 sections and commented about what, why, or why not for each.
    I would appreciate a copy of your resume and cover letter examples. It may also help if you could provide a copy of the associated job listing to see how you covered the requirements.

    Thanks,
    Gene

  • Karen Pence

    Very good template. I look forward to receiving your resume, cover letter, and examples helpful to the job search. I just achieved my PhD and want to highlight it and my 20+ years of HR. Thanks

  • Karen Pence

    Very good template. I look forward to receiving your resume, cover letter, and examples helpful to the job search. I just achieved my PhD and want to highlight it and my 20+ years of HR. Thanks

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  • Brian Dziwulski

    Thanks for the template. I’ve been looking for a way to stand out – especially as a seasoned person.

  • Brian Dziwulski

    Thanks for the template. I’ve been looking for a way to stand out – especially as a seasoned person.

  • Carri

    Tim,

    Could you e-mail a completed example of the resume template and a cover letter, if you have one?

    Thanks you. I like the template.

  • Carri

    Tim,

    Could you e-mail a completed example of the resume template and a cover letter, if you have one?

    Thanks you. I like the template.

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  • Charlene

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for this article. Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of your finished template? Thank you.

    Charlene

  • Charlene

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for this article. Would it be possible for you to email me a copy of your finished template? Thank you.

    Charlene

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  • Hi Tim – love this blog! I get quite a few recruiter calls these days via LinkedIn.
    Just updated my resume and sent along a copy for some advice(hope that’s ok).

  • Hi Tim – love this blog! I get quite a few recruiter calls these days via LinkedIn.
    Just updated my resume and sent along a copy for some advice(hope that’s ok).

  • Hi Jeannette – Sure – I will take a look! Tell me, what makes this blog work for you?

  • Hi Jeannette – Sure – I will take a look! Tell me, what makes this blog work for you?

  • Chris Riebesehl

    Dear Tim,
    I downloaded your resume template and like the way it looks but am not sure how to fill in certain sections. Do you have a completed sample that I could look at? Thanks.

  • Chris Riebesehl

    Dear Tim,
    I downloaded your resume template and like the way it looks but am not sure how to fill in certain sections. Do you have a completed sample that I could look at? Thanks.

  • Hey Chris – No problem. Will send it out today.

  • Hey Chris – No problem. Will send it out today.

  • Juan

    Tim,
    I would love to see your template.
    Thanks,
    JP

  • Juan

    Tim,
    I would love to see your template.
    Thanks,
    JP

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  • Sandhya

    Tim,

    Like your blog a lot. Can you send me the finished copy of your resume with the template.

    Regards
    Sandhya

  • Sandhya

    Tim,

    Like your blog a lot. Can you send me the finished copy of your resume with the template.

    Regards
    Sandhya

  • Cheryl

    Thanks Tim,
    Just found your blog. Been feeling absolutely stuck and resigned my life is over. Okay, a little dramatic. I would like to see your resume to see how these concepts are applied. Thanks!

  • Cheryl

    Thanks Tim,
    Just found your blog. Been feeling absolutely stuck and resigned my life is over. Okay, a little dramatic. I would like to see your resume to see how these concepts are applied. Thanks!

  • Cheryl – Just sent it off to you. Let me know how else I can help!

  • Cheryl – Just sent it off to you. Let me know how else I can help!

  • Thanks Tim for publishing this. I still love your Solo Sheet concept the most!

  • Thanks Tim for publishing this. I still love your Solo Sheet concept the most!

  • Hey Deepak – Thanks for telling people about the SoloSheet – a big help to anyone looking for work or to sell themselves (or their business) in a simple way!

  • Hey Deepak – Thanks for telling people about the SoloSheet – a big help to anyone looking for work or to sell themselves (or their business) in a simple way!

  • Porcia

    I would like to see a copy of your resume.
    I worked with a company that closed. I am 59 now looking to make a new start. Thanks for your help.
    I am enjoying your posts.
    Grateful
    Porcia

  • Porcia

    I would like to see a copy of your resume.
    I worked with a company that closed. I am 59 now looking to make a new start. Thanks for your help.
    I am enjoying your posts.
    Grateful
    Porcia

  • On the way to you, Porcia – Good luck!

  • On the way to you, Porcia – Good luck!

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  • Sanjib

    Tim, Format of CV is quite cool. Everything is sounds good. Well, at point 8, I think we need to add our personal info, like DOB, ID number (e.g. Passport number) etc. I would like to see an example of your format.

    Regds
    Sanjib

  • Sanjib

    Tim, Format of CV is quite cool. Everything is sounds good. Well, at point 8, I think we need to add our personal info, like DOB, ID number (e.g. Passport number) etc. I would like to see an example of your format.

    Regds
    Sanjib

  • Hi Sanjib – Thanks for that feedback! I will send you my version in just a few minutes. Yes, depending on your country or industry, often there are more personal details that are expected. Absolutely.

  • Hi Sanjib – Thanks for that feedback! I will send you my version in just a few minutes. Yes, depending on your country or industry, often there are more personal details that are expected. Absolutely.

  • Sharon A Surguy

    Tim, saw the CV/Resume Template on LinkedIn-but, did not use it. My resume is three pages and packed. Needless to say, I have not been at all successful with my job searches. I’m ready now to use your format-short,clean and to the point.
    Also, please send me yours as an example.

  • Sharon A Surguy

    Tim, saw the CV/Resume Template on LinkedIn-but, did not use it. My resume is three pages and packed. Needless to say, I have not been at all successful with my job searches. I’m ready now to use your format-short,clean and to the point.
    Also, please send me yours as an example.

  • Hi Sharon – Glad to send you my sample. And, yes, for most of us, three pages is simply too long!

  • Hi Sharon – Glad to send you my sample. And, yes, for most of us, three pages is simply too long!

  • Sandra Hubbard

    Thank you for this great website….lot’s of great info! Could you forward your sample to me for an example?

  • Sandra Hubbard

    Thank you for this great website….lot’s of great info! Could you forward your sample to me for an example?

  • Hi Sandra – Of course! Just sent it off to you . . .

  • Hi Sandra – Of course! Just sent it off to you . . .

  • Haris

    Hi Tim – very informative and really gives you food for thought. I work in Dubai actually and here in the Middle East recruiters expect to see some additional personal info like DOB, marital status, photo or so we are told. I wonder what’s your take on that? And ofcourse would love to see your format sample

  • Haris

    Hi Tim – very informative and really gives you food for thought. I work in Dubai actually and here in the Middle East recruiters expect to see some additional personal info like DOB, marital status, photo or so we are told. I wonder what’s your take on that? And ofcourse would love to see your format sample

  • Hi Haris – OK I will send my sample. No problem! And, yes, if your industry or culture requires additional details on your CV, feel free to adapt.

  • Hi Haris – OK I will send my sample. No problem! And, yes, if your industry or culture requires additional details on your CV, feel free to adapt.

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  • Rubi Ghosh

    Hi Tim,

    Really the points you suggested are many a time overlooked. I really find it difficult whenever i build my resume that what things i should add and what i shouldnot. i guess a copy of your resume would help me a lot, if you could share. Thanks.

    Regards
    Rubi

  • Vinayeme

    Very meaningful tips & guidelines.
    Tim, Can I have a sample copy.
    My emailid is : vinayeme@gmail.com

  • Vinay

    Hi Tim,
    I am presently serving in army and looking for transition. Can u please advise me how should I highlight my professional achievements in operations, technology & logistics so that it is meaningful to the corporate world. There are otherwise a lot of military jargons & activities which I feel may not deciphered in correct perspective.
    Looking forward for your valuable inputs.

  • Hi Rubi – Sure, just sent you a copy of my sample. Good luck!

  • Hi Vinay – Just sent you a copy of my sample resume using this template. Hope that helps. In terms of your question about transitioning out of the military and into the corporate world, translating your knowledge and success is not easy to do. A couple things I would advise: (1) write your resume as best you can and then have friends (especially those who work in corporate) read it so you can get their reaction. To see if all of your accomplishments have the correct impact. And that you have not used jargon or acronyms that civilians do not understand. (2) Network with others who have recently transitioned to understand their experience. Both in terms of translating their experience and to get some ideas on which companies are highly interested in doing business with the military. In the end, if you can find companies that have interest in or ties to government/military commerce, your recent experience will be of immediate value. And that will be an easier transition than trying to go right from the military to a corporate environment. Also, cultural fit may be a concern for some as the military operates differently (or some believe that it does) from a civilian organization. Those are my thoughts. Good luck!

  • Sandy

    Great tips — please provide me with a copy of the template. Thank you.

  • Mladen

    Hi Tim,
    This really is as focused as can be. Love to see it.

  • Jane

    HI Tim
    OK I have worked up a few variations on this theme. With a “Jane-of-all-trades” background, I can’t be the only one can I? – it is challenging to pick the right jobs, make myself standout in an overcrowded market, and well keep my chin up. Let me know what you think.
    Would love to see your sample. I am also working on the other tools and will get back to you soon.

  • Agus Wahyudin

    Hi Tim,

    There are a lot of site which has related site but seems your site is interesting especially when you explain about responsibilities and accomplishment which is true a lot of people made mistake on this. I have download your free ebook as well, looks great, didn’t read all though. Appreciate if you can send the example to my email wahyudin.agus@gmail.com. Is it also possible that I send my CV and you evaluate it?,

    Thanks again!,

    Regards,

    Agus

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  • Hi Agus – I don’t really have time for resume reviews but hopefully the sample will help you. 🙂

    Good luck and I’m glad you like the e-book so far!

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  • Jpbatra007

    Thanks for the great tips. Would love to see your sample.

    jpbatra007@hotmail.com

  • Adil

    Hi, Could you send me the template at adilsmail@yahoo.com
    Thanks,
    Adil

  • Satyajit

    this is really a very helpful tool/ or say a perfect reference

  • Thank you Satyajit – Appreciate that feedback!

  • Josephcollazo

    Hi Tim, Thanks for your insight, it all makes good sense and gives a better focus to my resume. A completed version of your template would be appreciated.

    Joe

  • Wayne Mack

    This template definitely looks like a valuable tool. I’ve read many ways to write resumes, and this seems to highlight many of the suggestions combined of what I read. Great Job!!

    I would like to see your template.
    waynemackcfp@yahoo.com

  • Thanks Wayne – Appreciate that feedback! Your sample is on the way . . .

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  • Very well formed post! I even prefer those resumes that follows the standard format and organizes the information prominently, thanks for sharing the CV at least now I can expect a standard CV from the candidates.

  • razeena

    This template gave me the best idea about a good resume.
    I would love see an example one.Please send it to mail2razeena@gmail.com.

    regards
    Razee

  • Just sent it Razee – good luck to you!

  • Fran

    Hi Tim,
    Thanks so much for the concise, well-structured template resume and cover letter. I would appreciate if you could please send samples. My resume content is current, but I’ve been having trouble knowing what to cull out of many years in the financial services technology industry, working as both an employee and consultant. The resume needed a fresh look, and this will surely help. Thanks!
    Fran

  • Hi Fran – Hope you got the templates. Good luck!

  • Dlopez0878

    Hi Tim. Thank you! The information on the resume is really informative.

    Can you send me a sample template of resume and cover sheet to me. I can send you my email address if you’d like.

  • stephanie traina

    Thank you so much for sharing. I would love to see your completed resume. Please send to me at stephiet167@yahoo.com. I would also love to see your cover letter.

    Thanks!

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  • Mitchj144

    Makes a lot of sense and certainly eliminates the fluff that employers don’t even look at. Your looks to be very clear and concise. I would love to see your example

  • Hey Mitch – Your sample is on it’s way – let me know your feedback if/when you implement . . . will you?

  • Robertsheasby

    Hi Tim,
    Just seeing link on your blog via CPGJoblist email, and would appreciate getting the example that demonstrates your format and priniciples. Would you send me a copy at robertsheasby@hotmail.com please? Thanks for the assistance, it is a jungle out there! and this kind of expert help is invaluable.

  • James

    Please send me a sample of your resume. Thanks,

    mcarr3@msn.com

  • I’m really hate to “wow”, but this post worth a wow from me.

  • Hey BCF – I’ll always take a “wow”. 🙂

  • Mayank Prasad

    Hi Tim,

    Can you also send me your full template.

  • Liz Fannin

    Tim –

    Thanks so much for sharing this information – a great collection of information for me as I update my resume after an almost 8 year gap. Please send me your version when you have time –

    Liz

  • Pleezo

    Hi Tim, i’ve been umemployed for a year and i really appreciate your CV template. Looking forward to seeing your official CV as a great example! ray.comer@gmail.com

  • Lf_texas

    This is great info – please send me your completed resume – thanks.

    Liz
    lf_texas@swbell.net

  • cindy

    Thanks so much for a straight-forward and effective resume template. The insight in your posts is really helpful.

  • Appreciate all those comments everyone and I hope the template helps you all!

  • alpana

    Hello,
    Thanks for your useful and important information on writing an effective resume template, Could you please send me your complete resume so that I can get an idea about writing my own —-aditimpex@yahoo.co.uk
    thanks,
    alpana

  • Hi Alpana – can you confirm your email address – that one did not work! 🙂

  • Alvin Korkie

    Hi Tim, am I too late to get a copy? Its been years since Ive had to do my own CV.

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  • CA_Bennett 97086

    I might be a “Johnny Come Lately” but I finally read this post and I am so glad I did!

    I write a lot of resumes for candidates, mostly entry level, and wanted to see another perspective. The professional resumes I have written take more the format of this template.

    Again … thanks for the template!

    Cindy B.

  • Hey Cindy – Glad you like it! 🙂 —> means a lot coming from you!!

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  • Deepak

    Hi Tim, I liked the template very much. Do you mind sharing your completed version with me. Thanks

  • Sent it this AM Deepak – hope it helps!

  • Martin

    Hi tim, The template was a great help. Would you be able to send me your completed version? Thanks

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  • Bryn

    Hi Tim-Thanks for such a great site. I have really gotten a lot of great direction, tips and inspiration from it and you since starting the job search process. Would you mind sending samples of completed resumes and cover letters to me? Can you also offer some tips on the career summary? They would be much appreciated. Thank you.
    -Bryn

  • Hi Bryn – they are on the way!

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  • Mike

    Great review of what matters….

    Your example is desired…please send to lichtenberger@msn.com

    Thank you.

    Project Director – High School Careerlinking Academy

    Mike

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  • Sameul Vincent

    Great Tim! Thanks for the tip. Would you email me the template? Thank a lot.

  • Just sent you a link, Sameul! Or is it Samuel? 🙂

  • Thanks Mike – glad to hear you received your sample. And nice to chat with you via e-mail. 🙂

  • Krishna Jhaveri

    Dear Tim,

    Many thanks for this post – it was immensely helpful. I would like to see the completed version of the resume that you have.

    My e-mail id is krishna.jhaveri1
    @gmail:disqus
    .com. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best,

    Krishna

  • Gopi Prashant

     Hi Tim

    The template looks great. Would love to look at yours

    Thanx
    Prashant

  • Walter Torres

    Hi Tim,

    Many thanks for sharing, I found it quite complete and would really appreciate to receive your example.
    Beside this, a cover letter would be also much appreciated.

    Regards

    Walter
     

  • Andrea C Brown

    Thank you for the information and the template.  I would like to see an example of a finished resume as per your recommendations.  

    Andrea

  • Rodrigo Benavente

    Great tips for making resume. I have tried with a serious number of options and always there are someone who says that it is not OK. Please send me the example to rodbena@yahoo.com Thank you

  • MGH43560

    Thanks for the great template.  I would love to see your example if you don’t mind. Thanks!

  • Libby

    Hi Tim,

    Although I would have loved to have known of your work earlier, I’m still delighted to find your insightful advice now. I would very much like to see your resume if it’s still available.

    I also wonder if you’d make any specific changes to the template if you’re moving fields or have something particularly suspect in your past (not a felony conviction, etc., but perhaps something even worse: a humanities Ph.D. as I attempt to transition from non-profit training/communications/management to training/communications/management in the IT private sector).

    Any advice would be most welcome,

    Libby

  • Hi Libby – just sent you a note along with my resume sample. Good luck! 🙂

  • Suzanne Ahmed-Leonora

    Hi Tim and Vinay — just to add some perspective — as a writer/editor, I have been working with a recent immigrant to the U.S. on his cover letters and rather skimpy resumes for a while. Initially we argued about including his military service, because in his country that’s volunteer work, and he thought it wouldn’t be relevant. I won, and we have since found that his military experience has gotten the best response of all the resume items, even with few specific achievements. Military service automatically signals discipline, leadership, team experience, and the ability to ace new assignments. If the hiring manager or HR person also has military experience, it works even better. 

    In a sense it’s a “check-box” item, because like the college degree, its specific contents don’t really matter — only that it exists. Of course, unlike the degree, it’s not a general requirement, and — most importantly — most people don’t have it.  

    P.S. Tim, if you have any ideas for a more professional e-address for me, please, fire away! I’m working gratefully through your blog posts.

  • Josy-Ann Dailly

    Very useful. A completed version will be very appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Jodi

    Hi Tim,

    I’m a big fan!  The advice you provide to job seekers makes so much sense! 

    I would love to see a sample of your resume and/or cover letter.

    Thanks for your generousity –

  • Hi Jodi – they are on the way!

  • Shaharyar

    HI Tim,

    The template you provided is really helpful. I would really like to see your resume`.

    Thanks

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  • Geoff McNeely

    Hi Tim,

    Can I please have your sample? Thanks!

  • Just sent it Geoff.  Anyone else?  🙂

  • Pam

    Hi Tim could you please forward me your completed template as an example?  My resume is desperately in need of retooling!  Thank you.

  • Jake

    I’m so happy I found this web site. Tim, thanks for the amazing resources here. May I have a copy of your example to get more inspiration? 

  • You should have it now, Jake.  Hope it helps . . .

  • This is just what I’d look for in a resume if i were hiring. However, this is a template for a very experienced worker with a lot of work in their career. It can’t really be applied to recently graduated college students.

    Anyway, it’s great.

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  • Hey Jake – The most common (and expected length) for a professional resume is 2 pages.  It is not uncommon in some professions (doctors, educators) and countries (Europe) to go beyond this length due to the addition of personal or education/research information.  I would not stretch resume to 2 pages if the experience isn’t there (college grad), but for most people, 2 page is normal.

  • Mike

    Tim,  I like the resume template.  Please email me your resume example.

    Thank you for speaking with me last Wed.  You showed me many tools to use that will help in my job search.

    Mike

    @sbcglobal:disqus 

  •  Hey Mike – Hope I helped you.  🙂 Just sent the sample to you.

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  • Simon Shurville

    I like this CV advice, since I started my job search I have been given no end of contradictory advice on CV layout and length. I shall re-set mine using this template once and for all and stick to with just an odd ammendment job specific. Please send me a copy of the template, many thanks Simon

  • Hey Simon – Yes, there is plenty of advice out there to be sure. The key is to find a format that provides all the right data in a format that can be easily absorbed by hiring managers. I hope this one works for you. I’ll send you my sample shortly. Cheers!

  • Darlene

    Thanks for the insight, definitley need to make some changes to my resume. Please send me the template : nursedarlene.rose@gmail.com

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  • Wow, this one’s really helpful. Reminds me to check and update my resume too. Thanks!

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    Great article, Tim. Would love to see your resume example. Thanks!

  • canbound

    Hello Tim, thanks for the template. Looks great.

    Can you send me a resume sample using the template? would love to reference it as i build mine.

    Thanks,

  • Daniil Vodopian

    Thanks for the article!
    Please fix the link to Position Statement to be https://timsstrategy.com/how-to-write-your-positioning-statement/

  • Done. Thanks…

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