Where can I find sample resumes to show someone who doesn't know how he/she should draft one?
If you are a highly skilled person (non-english speaking) but only have on the job experience what is the best way to explain your job tasks in the resume?
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Microsoft Word has a number of preinstalled templates available to download to fit style and purpose. You can do this within the application under Office Button / File Tab - New - Templates (version 2007 and later), or you can go to the Microsoft web site to search.
To narrow the search decide whether you want to emphasize skills, or list experience chronologically (by date) - then stick to the format and be consistent. Limit to a one-page resume.
Be sure to include any experience or information specific to the job to which you are applying. If you're applying for a receptionist at a dental office, you don't need to mention that you're capable of bathing dogs or mowing lawns unless you can tie in your experience specific to the position. In this case, it is good to transfer your experience into soft skills - such as attendance, punctuality, attitude, dependability, cooperativeness, etc. Employers want people who show up, show up on time, are hardworking, cooperative, and dependable.
Be sure to list your information in fact-form, not paragraph-form. Save the paragraph form for your cover letter. Remove pronouns when possible, and use action verbs to strengthen your resume. (see pg 19 of the Job Search Handbook below).
I think the best choice is to find a professional skilled in working with non-native speakers of English to assist you with this process.
It's important that a resume is not just a list of past or current job responsibilities/duties, but rather a marketing piece that clearly shows the value, contributions, and accomplishments that you brought to each environment, even if it was a volunteer position or an internship.
Hiring managers usually look at a resume for about 30 seconds- the upper third (your profile or highlights) needs to be written in an exceptionally compeling (but not exagerative) tone.
I've included some links to Resumes That Work-resume and coaching services that I founded over 10 years ago to assist professionals and non-native speakers in career transition.
The Damn Good Resume Guide is also a great resource, as are One-Stop Career Shops provided by the Employment Develpment Department in all counties throughout the USA.
There are several sites online which will provide examples to you and your friend. Follow the links below, or just search "free sample resume" in the search engine of your choice. You may also go to the library for help. I assume that if you are helping a non-native speaker, you may also be located near a college or university. You could check with their career placement office for help, or visit the unemployment office. Bookstores like Barnes and Noble or Books A Million will also have innumerable resources that you may peruse over coffee or purchase for an addition to your personal library.
Many of these resources will also explain the best way to fill in the blanks on a resume to put yourself in the best light possible. It is best if you look in the category which most likely suits your friend's purpose than to receive a blanket answer on this.
You want your job experience to reflect the most important parts of your job. It should briefly explain the things you did that would benefit the company you are trying to get a job with. You need to sell yourself in a way and make yourself more attractive to your interviewer. Try to stand out from everyone else so they remember you! Explain the job tasks briefly and fairly general because when you meet with someone you can show off a portfolio or at least explain things in more detail.
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