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Best Examples of Resumes, Cover Letters and Thank You Letters

Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

Performance artist with mushroom cloud; 1953 during Cold War nuclear testing. Is clip art or photos useful on a resume?

Performance artist with mushroom cloud; 1953 during Cold War nuclear testing. Is clip art or photos useful on a resume?

Best Practices in Resume Writing

In your own unique case, what is the best format and style for preparing your resume?

You might need some help in deciding that important choice of style and format. Above all else, take the task seriously, because your resume represents you as a working individual.

The following information describes a variety of good choices to use in creating resumes, cover letters, and thank you letters/emails.

You will also find a good number of real-life examples from clients who secured employment (names changed to protect privacy). Examples come from over 25 years of Employment & Training experience among a range of client occupations extending from entry level work to corporate CEOs, and in teaching resume and portfolio preparation courses.

Visual Resumes and Accessibility

In our highly visual society in which increasing numbers of people focus on visual cues in the 21st century, one may ask if graphics and photo imagery are appropriate in resume presentations. A separate work portfolio - hard copy, DVD, or YouTube link - can accommodate such visual content well.

Head shot photos are appropriate in certain cases on a resume, more usually used in Europe, Africa, and India.,

Head shot photos are appropriate in certain cases on a resume, more usually used in Europe, Africa, and India.,

Make contact accessible. Since about 2010, it has become smart, advisable, and popular to include additional information in the form of online links in the CONTACT INFORMATION section at the head of your resume.

Since the world of work is now nearly all Internet-literate, this only makes good sense.

Avoid this outcome for your contact information.

Avoid this outcome for your contact information.

Even on a paper resume, cover letter, or follow-up letter, standard best practice is to include your email addresses and any pertinent Internet websites.

A LinkedIn.com account is a good link to add, as is a business webpage link if you own a business or have your resume posted online in a page of its own. Other links are not so good, especially a Facebook account. A Twitter address may be useful of you have one dedicated to your work, such as news broadcasting or movie reviewing.

Don't forget your full contact information! Accurate contact information is vital to a prospective employer who needs to hire someone and is interested in YOU!

Don't forget your full contact information! Accurate contact information is vital to a prospective employer who needs to hire someone and is interested in YOU!

Even on a paper resume, cover letter, or follow-up letter, standard best practice is to include your email addresses and any pertinent Internet websites.

Busy potential employers will be expecting at least a good, professional sounding email address for you when you apply for jobs via a resume, online or off line.

The digital contact information on your resume should include:

  • Your LinkedIn address. This company is the fastest growing technology firm in the US since 2014 and a highly respected professional social media site. The company offers a free version and a premium version of its services. Go with the free version if you are just starting on the web site. All supply on your resume:
  • Your best email address, providing it sounds professional,
  • Your pertinent BLOG title and address, if your blog contributes to your chosen industry or employment, or contains a high quality set of writing, fine arts, graphic arts, cartooning, or other examples for your career advancement.
  • Your website resume and portfolio page. Many people create a website that contains a full resume and writing or graphics samples. Potential employers may look over your profile and portfolio online and want to hire you.

One of the great things about LinkedIn is it isn’t the same kind of networking that happens at conventions, where you’re wearing a name tag, trying to meet strangers, and awkwardly attempting to make small talk. LinkedIn is networking without the pressure.

— Melanie Pinola, LinkedIn In 30 Minutes

Focus for a Resume: On Target

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The resume focuses on you and the past. The cover letter focuses on the employer and the future. Tell the hiring professional what you can do to benefit the organization in the future.

— Joyce Lain Kennedy, Cover Letters for Dummies

Would You Put Photos on a Resume?

You want the best results possible from your resume.

There are a growing number of types of resumes appearing in recent years and some are very useful.

I have included some samples of some of the most effective and eye-catching formats I have used in teaching Resume Preparation Classes.

One recent year, one of my creative GED students attending a usually boring Job Fair used a cream colored paper and a golden paper (a usual no-no), included her volunteer work (good) and special skills (great), her two previous jobs, her GED graduation projection date, her planned course of study in college...and included matching clip art along the edges of each section! This is usually a definite no-no unless you are applying for a graphic arts position and drew the clip art yourself.

She was hired on the spot by an employer that was tired of people coming in with no resumes after being asked to bring some, tired of hand written resumes on folded up paper torn from a spiral notebook, and tired of Job Fairs. It was a success for them both.

Which Resume Format is Best for You?

Keep a work portfolio containing work samples, certificates, etc. and a comprehensive general resume in it with several copies.

Next, have a resume, with copies, targeting each line of work you may wish to pursue. That may be two or three different resumes, such as Education and History.

Finally, you may need to target a version of your resume toward a specific job description advertises, so keep your resume on a flash drive so it is readily available for adjustment. HR Representatives want to read a resume that matches the job requirements of the posted opening.

Some basic resume tips and instructions are contained below for your use. If you are interested in seeing and correcting mistakes people often make in resume production, then see how to correct resume mistakes at : Resume Mistakes - Resume Format.

The Chronological Resume is a good starter resume.

It is a standard resume format that many employers and HR representatives want to see and one with which most job seekers are familiar. The Chronological Resume uses the format that many employers and human resources representatives want to see.

Remember that it is standard business practice and in keeping with EEO regulations to leave dates off these resumes.

Resume with One Job

Resume with One Job

Notice how the Functional Resume below is different from the other resumes I have shown you.

This is a good resume if you have 20 years' work history or more that you want to include, if you are changing careers, or if you have had many clients or bosses as a freelancer, actor, etc.

The Objective of this resume can be very important if you are changing careers, especially to a line of work in which you have no experience, but into which you can transfer your skills. The Objective makes clear what kind of work you want.

See how the Skills are grouped together in table boxes in the resume. Also see how the Employers are simply listed by name.

The specifics of which skills were learned and applied where is left to the interview discussion, which is very important as well.

Functional Resume, Page One

Functional Resume, Page One

Functional Resume, Page Two

Functional Resume, Page Two

Combination Resumes are a cross between

  1. Chronological Resume and
  2. Functional Resume versions.

Look at the following examples below for some excellent formatting. It is easy to prepare a Combination Resume, one you understand its structure.

It is easy to prepare a Combination Resume, once you understand its structure.

The appropriately prepared envelope for cover letters and thank you letters in business.

The appropriately prepared envelope for cover letters and thank you letters in business.

Cover Letter for Accounting

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Thank You Letter for Accounting

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© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

Comments

mishel ronld from New York, NY on March 29, 2012:

Hey it is informative hub. Well done thanks for sharing.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 20, 2012:

Resumes and their elements change quickly nowadays!

princesswithapen on January 19, 2012:

A LinkedIn and a blog address is definitely something we did not see in resumes just half a decade back. A virtual platform like a blog or a resume cum work profile like LinkedIn should be on every job seekers agenda. I hope this useful hub reaches out to job seekers and fresh graduates alike.

Princesswithapen

sam-eg from Happy Land on November 06, 2011:

HI, you are right it is a great idea to send a thank you letter but i think it must be genuine , cause being honest and professional about thanking someone for his time would not grantee having the job but it will may lead to new business contact.

JLBender from Greensburg, PA on September 29, 2011:

I just stumbled across this hub and thought it was great. I love that you provided examples for each type of resume. Thanks for sharing and I hope to continue to follow your work as a learning tool.

timonweller on July 09, 2011:

Awesome tips there, many will need to read this one.

GamesReviewed on June 30, 2011:

Wonderful! This is exactly what I have been looking for. Awesome job, thank you.

dusy7969 from San Diego, California on May 17, 2011:

Patty great this straight information for new comers. This hub is very informative and useful.You tell good tips in this hub about the letter.So thanks a lot for this interesting and wonderful information.

Ankush Kohli from India on January 27, 2011:

straight information for new comers. I hope they learn a lot from this hub. It was well executed and worth to read, gud job!!

SUSHEEL CHANDRA from NEW DELHI, INDIA on September 21, 2010:

Valuable Hub!!!!!

The hub is very useful for various job aspirants. The hub has explicitly depicted the eye catching formats for the hub. Thanks a lot for sharing such a valuable information.

RoseGardenAdvice from San Francisco on August 18, 2010:

This is pretty good stuff ... I do agree though that all resumes need not follow the formal style and a little bit of innovation and creativity could go a long way in making the resume stand out. Nice hub.

exinco from Malaysia on July 14, 2010:

this is good variation of resume and cover letter. really help to newcomer

sudarshan on May 17, 2010:

This is also very helpful to all the people why because nobody known perfect preparation of reusme but it is very helpful to know the Resume format of all people.

Missi Darnell from Southern California on March 09, 2010:

I'm just about to produce a "new" resume after being out of the workforce for the last 10 years and suddenly needing to re-enter (not great timing, but what can i do) Your hub is useful as it was suggested that I produce a functional resume in lieu of a chronological one. Thanks!!

Lorraine Arams on December 01, 2009:

Thank you so much for this information. You've helped me reorganize my resume - some great tips! I do think some good images would help - because we are such a visual society today -

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 16, 2009:

Thanks for telling us about that and explaining about the personal photo. I have noticed that international people desire a photo on their resumes for jobs as well.

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on March 16, 2009:

Great informative hub for school leavers especially. In my resume, I include a small photo on the top left hand corner, but that is because most international schools require that you submit a photo and its easiest to include it on your resume.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 16, 2009:

I have been writing resumes and teaching resume writing classes for over 15 years. After reading and studying over 50 resume writing books and using online instruction and workforce advice and forecasting sites, I selected the most eye-catching and practical resume styles that work for the people that need my help.

I must say that I do not like today's "executive" level resume format that is taught in resume certification courses - it crams too many words onto a single sheet of paper in too small a font size.

Thanks for the question, jknight,

jknight on March 15, 2009:

How did you get all those resume formats ?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 26, 2008:

Thanks for the comments;

automates, et.al. -- customizing a resume for a specific job often works very well. Most of the resume packages I write are requested to be customized in this way. best of success to you.

automated ebook software on November 26, 2008:

Interesting bit about resumes. i am currently trying to write mine and I write a more cusomt blurb at the top to tailor it to the job. Is that a good idea?

baldeagle on August 10, 2008:

I just came across Hubpages and found your hub. This is excellent! I've recently started a similar resource at http://bestaccountingresume.com that will help those looking to prepare an accounting resume.

For an accountant, I'd strongly discourage the use of gimicks such as a picture. However, with the proliferation of blogs and whatnot on the Internet, there are ways to allow people to dig for more personal information if they want it. To that front, the resume should be a "splash page" with one objective: get the hiring manager to schedule an interview.

Again, this was a great article! Glad I found it.

In The Doghouse from California on July 03, 2008:

Patty,

As always another great HUB with tons of valuable information. I have bookmarked all these informative "job" Hubs as a reference for my recent college graduate! lol

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 27, 2008:

I used to HATE writing cover letters, so I started reading samples far and wide. Once I saw the variety and that some of them really made sense, it was much easier for me to write them.

WordsAlive on June 26, 2008:

Thanks Patty! This is really informative.

The cover letter is informative and yet not present an 'over-promise' to the potential employer.

Good Job!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 18, 2008:

I always send the Thank You letter later on, the same day as the interview. Thank You letters have helped me to secure jobs against other candidates when our qualifications were equal and they did NOT send a letter.

If you know you will not get the job, send the letter anyway in order to increase your business network contacts. They may remember that letter-writer.

Thank You email is OK, but I'd back it up with an actual snail mail. Y'know -- What if their mail server lost your email??

greathub from Earth on June 18, 2008:

nice hub!

I would like to know when one should send the "thank you" letter.

Should it be sent just after the interview and whether one should send the letter even if he/she expects that employer won't hire him/her?

does thank you letter increase the chances of getting job?

how about sending a tank you email instead of sending the thank you letter?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 17, 2007:

That was certainly going overboard, wasn't it M. Beck?? Perhaps he should have been an actor or a writer. Thanks for sharing that story; it is one that has never happened to me.

M. Beck from Parts Unknown on December 17, 2007:

Great Hub Patty.

You talk about some of things you've seen people submit. Once I received a cover letter from a prospective interviewee seeking employment as a programmer. He started off much like this (I kid you not!):

(ahem)

"On the battlefield of the information age, with many a firm torn asunder, I am your knight in shining armor. I alone remain standing with my sword and shield at the ready to defend the honor of your firm and do battle on the information super highway..." and it went on for 3 pages.

He never got a call from us, but we had a good chuckle. -M.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 17, 2007:

Hi K V! - I think a virtual resume can save an HR rep a lot of time - no sifting through paper on the desk. The virtual resume usually has a separate place for work samples as well. Very handly.

Kathryn Vercillo from San Francisco on December 17, 2007:

Terrific information for someone who is looking to put together a modern resume. I struggled for a long time with how to perfect mine so this is definitely advice that people can use. Do you have any opinion on using a virtual resume (such as a blog-as-resume) in place of or in addition to the paper resume / portfolio?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 17, 2007:

MM D R - I think you are right! That could work.

Eilenn - thanks for hte comments. I get bogged down in the Functional Format myself.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on December 17, 2007:

I understand all that information too as I used to compile resumes and cv for clients.

It used to amaze me the rubbish that people put into resumes. This article has covered everything I think. Well done.

MM Del Rosario from NSW, Australia on December 17, 2007:

Maybe you could put a picture, if the ads requires it - like applying as a model. How about using a perfumed colored paper for your resume? has anybody tried it? like in Legally Blonde---(lol) but she did get the job.....

Another great hub Patty !! -

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 16, 2007:

Ya'll would be surprised how many people put their picture on the right upper corner of their resume. lol lol

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on December 16, 2007:

Good straight forward information.

great HUB Patty as always

regards Zsuzsy

MrMarmalade from Sydney on December 16, 2007:

Probably not. I could imagine that the people today, sending their resumes would send them.