REAL-WORLD TESTED JOB SEARCH
AND CAREER PLANNING STRATEGIES
Here's an example of text resume format. If you want to compare the difference between this and the traditional format, you can see the same resume in the traditional style here. Plain text resumes are not attractive to human readers, but the simple format is easy for computers to read.
123 Anywhere Street, City, State
State the type of job you are seeking and highlight several of your most important, impressive and marketable skills.
SUMMARY OF SKILLS
- Include your most marketable skills and accomplishments here.
- Ensure the skills you list are relevant to the type of job you are seeking.
- Be as specific as possible.
- Ensure that this section is full of the keywords employers will likely use when sorting resumes.
- If keywords are commonly stated more than on way, you must use both forms of the word (for example, Master of Business Administration and MBA)
Administrative Assistant, ABC Company, City, State, 2006 to present
- Use a combination of verbs and nouns to describe job duties and accomplishments that are most relevant to the work you are currently seeking.
- Don't forget to include a variety of targeted keywords
- List jobs in reverse chronological order; your most recent job goes first.
Administrative Assistant, XYZ Company, City, State, 2000 to 2006
- Continue to use verbs and nouns to describe job duties and accomplishments that are most relevant to the work you are currently seeking and target important keywords.
Customer Service Representative, Another Company, City, State, 1998 to 2000
- Continue to use verbs and nouns to describe job duties and include important keywords.
- Normally you should only include your most recent ten years of work experience on your resume. There are exceptions, but typically employers are most interested in your most recent experience, and going back more than ten years on your resume can age you.
Administrative Assistant Certificate, Any College, City, State
- Only include this section if it adds information that is relevant to the job you are seeking.
- You may also include hobbies here, but only if they are positive and relevant to the job you are seeking.
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When you're writing plain text resumes, it's important to follow a few formatting guidelines and to fill your text resume with targeted keywords. You'll find more details about text resume format here, and you can find information on how employers use this type of resume and how to include keywords in your plain text resume here.