Sample Resumes and and Cover Letters
This is only a small sample of the resumes we have produced in the past. Please see our “Resume Guidelines” below for detailed explanations of our resume format. Important details (universities, employers, locations, etc.) in each document have been changed.
Here is a small sample of the cover letters we have produced for past clients. As before, important details (universities, employers, locations, etc.) in each document have been changed.
Although we publish only a small sample of resumes and cover letters on our website, the SOS Career Service has helped thousands of job applicants in many industries, including:
- Information Technology, Computers and Engineering
- Finance and Accounting
- Marketing, Sales and Communications
- Nonprofit Management
- Operations Management
- Human Resources and Counseling
- Administration and Secretarial
- And many, many, more!
There is a science to resume writing and we are experts. A typical hiring manager spends only 60 seconds reading a resume (no joke). Thus, your resume needs to be concise, skim-able, and easy to read. We have clear rules and guidelines for our resume writers in order to ensure quality. We use the industry standard resume format that is used by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Harvard Business School.
Our guidelines include:
- Only producing 1-page resumes
- Utilizing Times New Roman or Calibri font because it has been shown in scientific studies to be the most legible font for most people
- Using 11- or 12-point font
- Studies have shown people don’t read paragraphs but they do read bullet points. Hence, our resumes incorporate bullet points instead of paragraphs
- We use the verb tense guidelines set by the Chicago Manual of Style, the preeminent book on English grammar and writing style.
- The name of the company, your position, and job description are more important than your dates of employment. Consequently, our resumes focus on the former by putting them on the left side of the resume, bolded, in bullets, or italicized for emphasis
- We divide our resumes into sections separated by lines to ensure that the hiring manager can easily find important information
- We do not include an objective statement in a resume, since employers are more interested in what applicants can do for them, rather than the goals of the applicant
- All final version resumes are reviewed by 2 resume writers before being sent out for quality control purposes
- We do not include more than 4 jobs or 7 years of work experience on a resume (it makes the client look like he or she jumps from one job to another) unless it is absolutely essential
- We do not include high school education on resumes unless you are under 20 years old and have not attended college
- For legal reasons, we cannot make statements in your resume that do not reflect your work history and job responsibilities. Our resumes are based on the information you provide us
- What you don’t put in a resume is AS IMPORTANT as what you do put in a resume. We cut extraneous information from your resume to make sure it focuses on your marketable skills and accomplishments
This is the worst job market in recent memory and our clients expect us to give them a competitive edge with a great resume.