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You’ve found your dream job. You’ve applied for it. And now they’ve called you back for an interview!

Just one final obstacle stands in your way—you’ve gotta shine at that meeting.

But how to prepare for an interview in a way that will cover all your bases and allow you to walk out of there with a job offer?

Don’t worry! It’s really not as hard as it seems.

With these professional interview tips and examples, you’ll be on your way to rendering your interviewer amazed by the time your appointment draws to a close.

By reading this job interview preparation article, you’ll understand:

  • How to prepare for a job interview in the most effective way possible.
  • Dozens of good interview tips that will allow you to feel confident and poised.
  • Important interview rules and things to know before an interview.
  • How to do well in an interview so that you get that job offer.


Preparing for an Interview

There are days and days till your big one. So you can relax until then, right?


You’ve got to use this time wisely, or else you might as well have just declined the interview. But don’t worry, here are some of the best interview preparation tips out there to ensure you are ready to meet them when they’re ready to see you.

Here’s how to prepare for an interview:

Research the Company and Use Their Products

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Just like they’ll do their due diligence on you, research the company to know what the company does and how it operates. Also, double-check if the company’s a match for you.

When you get to that interview, you’ll be asked about why you want to join and how you can contribute. Read up on the prospective employer on Glassdoor, for example.

Researching the hiring manager who will conduct the interview is much harder. It happens that you only learn who the interviewer is when you walk into the meeting. However, if you can, look them up online. You’ll have a way to make some great, tailored comments and small talk to bond.

Also, don’t go into an interview without trying out the products or services that the company offers. If they have a blog, read it. If it’s a restaurant, eat there. If they manufacture dish soap, make some bubbly foam.

Employers expect you to understand their business, and nothing makes them happier than hiring a fan!

Prepare Questions to Ask Them

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Interviews are not all about them getting to know you. In 2018, you have to speak up and come at them with your own questions. Especially, that you’re bound to hear, “Do you have any questions you’d like to ask?” Don’t give no as an answer.

What exactly should you ask your interviewer? How about a few of these: 65 Questions to Ask an Interviewer (Examples for Specific Jobs)

Prepare to Answer Their Questions

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

This is an interview—you’re gonna get questions. While you may not know how it’ll play out, there are some general questions that are asked in most interviews. Practice those! We’ll talk about some individual questions later in this article, or you can more than 10 interview questions to prepare for here: Common Job Interview Questions and Best Answers (20 Examples)

Dictate the Date

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

If you can, try to get your interview to happen in the middle of the week and earlier in the day. Mondays are notoriously busy with catching up after the weekends, while Fridays have the negative aspect of a possible loss of interest in you over the weekend. Aim for earlier interviews, like an hour before lunch, at least, but not as soon as the office opens; both you and your interviewer will be less likely to feel hungry, grouchy, and tired.

Get Some Sleep

Importance: [⭐⭐]

You were probably going to get some sleep anyway, weren’t you? But what I mean here is an excellent sleep for the full amount of hours—you’ll need to aim for quality and quantity. Interviews are often an hour in length and beyond, so you’ll thank yourself when your brain is able to fire on all cylinders throughout.

Be Alerted With Google Alerts

Importance: [⭐]

One helpful hack many pros suggest is to set up your Google Alerts and add monitoring for keywords related to the company(/ies) you’ll be interviewing with. This will provide you with an email digest of any mentions of the company so that you can stay as informed as the board members of what’s happening up to the minute of your interview.

Set alerts to be “as-it-happens” to ensure that you are afforded all relevant postings in real time. Add a Google Alert for the company as well as the managers/partners.

Practice to be Perfect

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

You may not know exactly what they’re going to ask you, but you do know they’ll ask you something. Practice the delivery of your speech and improve your compute time by asking a friend to pretend being the interviewer.

Don’t ask them to read from a list of questions you’ve prepared—an interview would not go that way. Instead, ask them to come up with how their idea of an interview would go. To go a step further, try doing it in a public place, like in a busy cafe, to really get the out-of-your-comfort-zone feel.

Check Your Online Presence

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Your digital counterpart (your profiles on Facebook, Twitter, etc.) may have more available to the public than you realize or care for. Ensure your interviewers don’t get the wrong picture by removing all negative pictures (and other content) of you, such as sexually-suggestive pictures, political rants, hangover complaints, and so on. Read this post to ensure you do it right: How to Check Your Online Presence Before Recruiters Look You Up


Interview Tips on Fashion

Would you go on a first date without showering and slathering on some deodorant?

No, right?

Well, an interview is like a very important first date. Here are some interview tips on style and what to wear in an interview:

Attire Yourself Professionally

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

For women: Choose a solid-color pant suit with conservatively-colored shoes and shirt or blouse to match. Avoid wearing heels and too much makeup, jewelry, and perfume. If you choose to wear a skirt instead of the pants, pair them with light or skin-tone hosiery.

For men: A suit of a solid color is also recommended, especially in the most formal interviews. However, if you feel the company is not so strict, you could pair a blazer with some slacks for a semi-casual look. A white button-up shirt, a suit-matching tie, and black or brown loafers go well whichever route you take. As with females, keep the jewelry and cologne to a minimum.

Wear an Undershirt and Great Antiperspirant

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Don’t let those pesky sweat glands under your arms make you look like a fool—that’s easy enough to do, anyway.

Put on a tried-and-tested antiperspirant to reduce your underarm sweating. Also, wear an undershirt so that you have one more layer to protect any wet spots from being broadcasted publicly to the interviewer.

Dress to Impress

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

It probably goes without saying that you’ll want to choose from your best outfits to wear for your all-important interview. Don’t forget to iron, and don’t use too much perfume. Polish your shoes before leaving home. Trim your fingernails.

Also, as for interview dress tips, have a glance at the company’s about page, if they have one, to see if you can get a sense of how employees might be dressed there. It might be a great way to gauge what to wear.

When in Doubt, Lean Conservative

Importance: [⭐⭐]

You may not be able to get a read on what the dress code is, so err on the conservative side. Keep colors minimal and basic, instead of flashy or numerous.

If you really want to know what the employees wear on a day-to-day basis, consider stopping in for a quick look-around sometime before your interview (days, not hours, before).

Wear a Confident Smile

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

A friendly, confident smile is of the most important things to wear to an interview. While it won’t get them to overlook your other clothing, it will work wonders in making you look like a perfect addition to their team.


The Day Of—Tips for Just Before the Interview

You’re hours away from your make-or-break moment. Here’s what you need to do just before the interview:

Bring Your Notes & Resume Copies

Importance: [⭐⭐]

One of the great things about interviews is that they can be treated like an open-book test. Not only will bringing notes help you to remember some of your answers and questions to ask them, but you’ll look more prepared and professional when you whip out a notebook from your briefcase before answering that tough question.

While you’re at it, bring 3-5 copies of your resume to have on hand. They probably won’t need it, but better safe than sorry!

Wash (and Dry!) Your Hands

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

If you’re a nervous Nellie, like I am, you might suffer from sweaty palms (among other things) prior to an interview. Here’s one of my favorite interview tips: don’t send the message that you’re feeling anxious before you even sit down for your chat; wash and dry your hands, or use an alcoholic hand sanitizer, to greet your interviewer with a confident handshake that won’t gross them out. Also, skip that greasy hand cream!

Silence Your Phone

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐

There’s nothing more unwelcome at an interview than an unexpected call on the interviewee’s phone. While a ring to the desk phone of your interviewer may allow you to take a breath and collect yourself, don’t let it be yours.

However, don’t turn your phone off completely—you may find it comes in handy should you need to add a contact or appointment to your calendar.

Eat Something

Importance: [⭐⭐]

Have a light meal or snack just before your appointment. Not only will this help you to avoid any light-headed, dizzy feelings, but it will chase away those pesky, embarrassing, and annoying hunger growls during the silence of the interview.

Arrive Early

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Don’t aim for getting there on time. There are so many things that could go wrong, according to Murphy’s Law. You may not find the right building or room, or traffic might befall you. You might need to use the restroom. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before.

One of my favorite, personal interviewing tips is to arrive maybe 30-45 minutes early and position yourself at a nearby cafe. This way, you’ll all but eliminate circumstances that prevent you from arriving on time, and you can do a quick cram with your notes while having a tea.

Be Nice to Everyone

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Sure, you’re going to put on a friendly face for the interviewer, why wouldn’t you? But you should prepare to encounter each and every employee you meet with just the same attitude and countenance. From receptionist to office manager to your future teammates, that charm could warrant a compliment about you to the ones in charge with your fate’s decision, and it could make all the difference!

Bring an Interview Survival Kit

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

You got your notebook and some copies of your resume in your briefcase or purse, but let’s go a bit further. Pack some items that will ensure that you arrive at the interview in excellent form, such as an umbrella, bandage strips, breath mints, a pen, a stick of deodorant, some paper towels, and a portable stain remover. Maybe a snack bar for any hunger pangs that pop up unexpectedly.


How to Pass an Interview

There are some things that you can’t do in advance, but you must still remember to take care of during the interview.

Below, you’ll see a list of the best interview tips and tricks for outperforming your competition during your time in the hot seat.

Here’s how to behave in an interview:

Take Notes

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Just before your interview begins, pull out that notebook (remember the one with your cheat sheet?) and take some notes. You’ll look like a diligent candidate, you won’t have to ask them to repeat much, and you’ll have any questions and answers handy for when that time comes.

Be a Backseat Driver

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Just because you’re in the hot seat doesn’t mean you can’t guide the course of the interview. Steer the conversation from your end, especially when confronted with a question or course of discussion that could paint you in a less-than-perfect light. For example:

Interviewer: “Can you tell me how your ABC project turned out?”

Interviewee: Crap. That one didn’t end well. Attempting to divert. “I more-recently completed project XYZ, completely similar to ABC and with results I’m proud of. May I tell you about that?”

See that? You know your project XYZ had great results, so you are trying to chat about that one, instead. Also, leaving the ball in their court at the end with the question keeps them feeling like they remain in control of the interview.

Don’t Trash Talk

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Savvy interviewers may ask you, “what was the worst part about your last job.” This is because the reply you give here will answer a slew of other unasked questions about your personality, behavior, loyalty, and more.

Don’t speak ill about your former company or coworkers, at least not in a direct way. Interviewers get turned off when you opt for the low road. Keep your wits about you as you answer this loaded question, and tiptoe around saying the very worst:

“I worked with completely daft imbeciles.”

“I had some coworkers with whom I struggled to maintain a productive coexistence.”

Or, wrap a criticism in a blanket of compliment:

“I really liked my former colleagues, but if I’m to name one area in which they could improve, I guess I’d have to say that they could use a bit more cultural diversity.”

Don’t Let Them Dwell on the Past

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

If you feel that the interviewer is spending too much time concerned with some old position, explain to them how it helped get you to where you are today, and how it would help you in the future. Frame these as learning experiences that remain useful to you.

Use Examples

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Similar to showing quantifiable achievements when writing your resume, you’ll want to give examples with results that can be measured and which are relevant. When given the opportunity, explain to them how their current requirements would be handled expertly should you be given the role:

“From the job description, I understand you are looking for someone who can take your outreach team to the next level. During my time with ABC, I performed a similar task, with excellent results…”

Remember You’re Speaking With Your Body, Too

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Sure, you’re talking with your mouth during your interview, but your gestures, posture, and body language speak inaudible volumes. Maintain a good posture, with your back straight and your head held high. Avoid putting your nervousness on display too apparently by keeping your legs and arms still. Try not to fidget and play with something in your hands, and don’t chew on your lips.

Respectfully Avoid Illegal Inquiries

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Once in a while, you may get a question that may be insensitive in one way or another, like about your origin or age. Most of the time, the interviewer doesn’t mean to offend and their interest is genuine and for small talk.

Try to keep your composure as you steer the question back on track. If you don’t want to answer their question, simply answer with something like:

“I’m confident that I’ll be able to meet the demands required of me and excel in my role.”


Answering Specific Interview Questions

Want specific advice? Well, we know what interviewers are likely to ask you, so use this chapter of mock interview questions as a cheat sheet to make sure you reply with what they want to hear.

"What Are Your Strengths?”

Importance: [⭐]

The employer isn’t looking to see how much you can bench, but rather what skills you bring to the company’s table. Focus on your best skills and achievements, and make sure that they are relevant to the company. Read some great responses to this question here: "What Are Your Strengths?” Interview Question

"What Is Your Greatest Weakness?"

Importance: [⭐⭐]

Unlike the strengths question, the employer here wants to see how you answer more than what you answer. Use answers that show that you’re self-aware and open to improvement. Read some great responses to this question here: "What Is Your Greatest Weakness?" Best Answers

"Why Should We Hire You?"

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

This can be a stumper, if not thought out before the interview. However, if you prepare, it can turn into a golden opportunity to give a winning elevator speech. Summarize your best points, and try not to feel uncomfortable by being overly modest. Read some great responses to this question here: "Why Should We Hire You?" Best Answers

"Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?"

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

At first glance, this question seems like a piece of cake, right? But there are obstacles, particularly if you didn’t have an amicable parting-of-ways with your last organization. Don’t say anything that will make the company question whether that same situation could make a second appearance. Read some great responses to this question here: "Why Did You Leave Your Last Job" Best Answers

“Tell Me About Yourself”

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

This interview question is not as broad as it sounds. The hiring manager doesn’t care where you were born and raised, what your favorite sport is, and so on. Rather, they’d like an answer back that is relevant to them. Think of what you might answer were this asked of you during a first date. Read some great responses to this topic here: “Tell Me About Yourself” Best Answers

“Why Do You Want to Work Here?”

Importance: [⭐⭐]

For the love of Barbara, don’t dare say something like, “because I need work.” No, what interviewers are really asking here is for compliments. Convey your enthusiasm about their company. Show how eager you are to be hired there. Read some great responses to this question here: “Why Do You Want to Work Here?” Interview Question

“Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities”

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Relevance is key here. Don’t tell them everything you did, because not all of it will be significant to this new company. Curate a list of tasks that are the most relevant, and speak about those. This is why preparation is so important! Read some great responses to this topic here: How to Describe Your Current Job Responsibilities

“What is Your Management Style?”

Importance: [⭐]

Before you skip over this question thinking it doesn’t pertain to you, think again. You could get this question no matter the position you’re applying for, as the hiring manager uses your answer to gauge your leadership prospects and potential. Give a brief success story about a time you managed a project or team. Read some great responses to this question here: What is Your Management Style? Best Answers

“Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐]

Most people don’t have a defined plan as to where they’d like to be in 5 years, but this question is asked by employers more so they can understand a vague idea. They want to hear that they’re part of your future and if your long-term career goals align with the company. Read some great responses to this question here: “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?” Interview Question

Use the STAR Method for Behavioral Interview Questions

Importance: [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Behavioral questions are are those about specific situations from your past work experience and how you handled them or behaved. They can be a doozy to answer, and to top that, they often come out of nowhere.

But there’s a great trick to answering them, and it’s not at all underhanded or black hat. It’s called the STAR method, and using it will help you structure your answers and deliver a response that will impress the interviewer every time.

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. To learn how to put this formula to work for your next interview, see this post: STAR Method for Acing Behavioral Interview Questions


Skype & Phone Interview Tips

I’ll skip the shower. Hell, I don’t even need to put on any deodorant (or pants!). It’s a phone interview.

That may be the case, but there are other ways you could choke during a phone or Skype interview. Just because you won’t meet them in person doesn’t mean you can let your guard down completely.

Here are some Skype and phone interview tips and advice for acing these remote..

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Desktop support is like a Stargate to a career in IT or higher tech.

You start out fixing PC issues, then move up and up.

But there's a tidal wave of applicants between you and that first desktop support job. Even worse, they've all got mountains of experience.

Your desktop support resume must make you stand out like Scotty on the Enterprise. It has to show unique achievements that prove valuable skills and qualifications.

The good news? It's not hard to write a resume like that.

This guide will show you:

  • A desktop support resume example better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • How to write a desktop support resume that lands more interviews.
  • Tips and examples of how to put skills and achievements on an IT desktop support technician resume.
  • How to describe your experience on a resume for a desktop support specialist to get any job you want.

Here's a desktop support resume template made with our online resume builder tool.

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What's the Best Format for a Desktop Support Resume?

Desktop support techs live and die by the details.

So, show you've mastered them. Pick the best desktop support resume format (or be ignored like Windows 98).

Choose the chronological resume format. It's best because it starts up with your most recent achievements.

It'll make your support experience shimmer like a copy of Windows 2055.

Use the best resume fonts (no comic sans). Inject big headings, and fall back on lots of white space to make it easy on the eyes.

Finally, should you send a PDF or MS Word resume?

Send in a desktop support technician resume PDF unless the job ad says not to.

Applicant Tracking Systems used to system-crash on PDFs. Modern PDFs are machine readable.

Pro Tip: If you're a rookie, consider the combination resume format. It lets you integrate your best help desk achievements from past non-desktop-support jobs.

Want to cycle through more choices for desktop support tech resume format? See this guide: 3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]


How to Write a Resume Summary or Resume Objective

Picture a hiring manager named Bart.

In a few seconds, his Dell Optiplex will chitter as it boots up. On it are 300+ IT desktop support engineer resumes.

He'll spend just six seconds on each one.

The ones he really likes will get a closer look.

Get into that pile with a good desktop support resume summary or resume objective.

Which is which? And which one should you use?

A resume summary works for those with Gigabytes of experience. Use it if you've been around the block (and sector) a few times.

A resume objective shows your passion. Use it if your factory settings are still intact. (That is, if you haven't got experience.)

Either way, list enough accomplishments to get hired as tech support for Star Lord's mask.

See the senior technical support resume samples below for help.

Desktop Support Resume Examples [Resume Summaries]

These two senior desktop support resume examples show the right and wrong way:

Senior desktop support technician seeking new position. Have fulfilled all duties and responsibilities for desktop support jobs in two companies over six years. Excellent interpersonal skills. Adept at resolving complex network and computer problems and handling trouble tickets fast.


That's not exactly the Blue Screen Of Death, but it won't core dump a hundred interviews either.

Not like this far better desktop support technician resume example:

A+ Certified Desktop Support Tech with 6+ years of experience. Seeking to save massive time and money for StratosTundra Digital through proven skills in resolving complex network and computer issues. At ArcSpan Media, resolved trouble tickets 35% faster than all other tech support engineers.

With that summary, you could get a job as help desk tech for Tony Stark.

Is your experience more like a newly-formatted drive? See the entry-level desktop support technician resume examples below.

Two Entry-Level Desktop Support Resume Objectives

Even a junior desktop support resume can impress. Just skip the old advice of showing only passion:

Junior desktop support engineer, seeking entry-level support job. I haven't worked yet in professional desktop support jobs yet, but I've got great interpersonal skills. My career objective is to grow into a full support role, handling all network and computer issues for a large and busy firm.

Yecch. Like a drive fan caked in a thick hockey puck of dust.

But with a few achievements, even a junior desktop support technician can have a great Help Desk resume objective:

Passionate entry-level desktop support technician, seeking to raise productivity at Calumcoro Medical. Built 15 home computer networks, plus handled desktop support duties at University of Minnesota and The Last Unicorn Restaurant. Commended for interpersonal and problem solving skills.

That junior desktop resume example is turned on and plugged in.

After all, what is a desktop support technician? It's someone who can do all the tasks above.

Don't have even that much desktop support experience? I'll show you what to do in the next section.

Pro Tip: Screen companies as closely as they screen you. Years of work on proprietary systems work can weaken your next desktop technician resume.

Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.

Inside Uptowork's resume tool you will find tips and examples for your resume.

Ready to write a desktop support resume summary or objective that stands out like a Surface Studio? See our guides: How To Write A Resume Summary: 21 Best Examples You Will See and +20 Resume Objective Examples - Use Them on Your Resume (Tips)


How to Describe Your Desktop Support Experience

The desktop support hiring manager has one question:

How well did you do at a job exactly like this job?

Answer with a desktop support resume experience section that fits the job ad like a dongle in a USB port.

1st: Put your most recent position at the top.

2nd: Note the qualities in the desktop support analyst job description.

3rd: Find your accomplishments that match them.

4th: Add measures to your achievements.

The two IT desktop support analyst resume examples below will illustrate.

Desktop Support Resume Examples [Experience]

The first of these professional desktop support resume examples does it right:


ArcSpan Media

Desktop Support Technician


  • Senior desktop support tech in a fast-paced call center.
  • Supported 300+ user stations in a Windows 2012 environment.
  • Refreshed/replaced hardware for 300+ devices.
  • Resolved trouble tickets 35% faster than other desktop support technicians.
  • Identified a widespread issue that saved 50,000 hours productivity per year.

You could get a job anywhere with that good desktop support engineer resume example. That includes the Help Desk at Barad Dur.

It shows accomplishments that fit the job ad, and it quantifies them all with numbers.

But don't do this:


ArcSpan Media

Desktop Support Technician


  • Senior desktop support tech in a fast-paced call center.
  • Supported all Windows user stations.
  • Responsible for refreshing and/or replacing all hardware.
  • Tasked with resolving all trouble tickets in a timely fashion.

Wow. "Have you tried rebooting the Eye of Sauron, sir?" That's as generic as it comes.

You need measurable desktop support achievements to stand out and get the interview.

Don't have 'em? Don't panic. The two IT desktop support resume examples below will light the way.

How to Write a Resume for Desktop Support with no Experience

Don't have good desktop support resume experience?

Get some, fast:

  • Brainstorm your accomplishments from past jobs. Think customer service, retail, or any time you helped troubleshoot computer issues.
  • List experience in computer repair shops or Geek Squad jobs.
  • Do a few hours of freelance work fixing home computers or upgrading them.
  • Build a few computers or home networks in your spare time.
  • Help friends with computer issues, or list all the times you have already.

The two entry-level desktop support resume examples below show that in action.

Two Desktop Support Resume Samples [No Experience]

This first sample desktop support resume experience section is corrupted:


Desktop Support Experience: None yet but I am a fast learner.

Other Experience:

  • Bartender
  • Mowed Lawns

Wow. Are you sure that experience section is plugged in?

Details are a must for a good information technology entry-level resume:


Freelance Desktop Technician


  • Built 15 home computer networks as a freelance support technician.
  • As bartender at The Last Unicorn, handled all computer support duties.
  • Filled in as desktop support tech at University of Minnesota.
  • Worked as TA for computer networks professor, University of Minnesota.

If Elon Musk is hiring, that candidate should probably apply. She's got a great entry-level IT resume with no experience.

Pro Tip: Are you sure you really want to write a resume for desktop support? Many see it as a transitory career to IT jobs. It may be easier to start in IT to begin with.

Your desktop support technician resume should get attention like a neon trouble ticket. Escalate it with action words. See our guide: +80 Examples of Resume Action Words for Every Profession


Does Your Education Section Need a Reboot? It Might

You must show education on a desktop resume.

That's true whether you've got a BS, BA, Associate's Degree, or just a certification.

But don't just list it. That's like having Thor's hammer, then only using it to hang inspirational cat posters.

Start with:

  • College Name and Location
  • Years in School
  • Degree

Then add achievements that line up with the job offer.

The professional desktop support resume examples below show how:

Desktop Support Resume Examples [Education]

Imagine you're applying for a job that values operating systems knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Which of these two sample desktop support resume sections would you pick?


BS in Computer Science

University of Minnesota, 2008-2012

  • Pursued a passion for operating systems coursework.
  • Excelled in Interpersonal Communications classes.
  • Received Lando Scholarship for Computer Science Excellence.
  • GPA 3.95

That's a great desktop support specialist resume example. It could get you in as tech support on the Death Star.


BS in Computer Science

University of Minnesota, 2008-2012

  • Completed all core computer science coursework.
  • GPA 3.95

Hmm. Looks like a problem between the computer and the chair.

But add back the details and you're 100% upgraded.

Pro Tip: If you learned a programming language in school, show it on your resume for desktop support. It works even better if you used it in a project.

What about GPA, GEDs, and high degrees? Find the best way to show them all. See our guide: How to Put Your Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]


How to Put Skills on a Resume for Desktop Support

Let's look in on our hiring manager, Bart.

His curvy ultrawide monitor shows a folder with 300 desktop support resumes.

They all show a skills list as long as the Linux source code.

Yet very few of them can walk the talk.

Let's say his job description advertises Windows 10 support, speed, and troubleshooting.

Which of the two help desk desktop support resume examples below would you rather show him?

Desktop Support Resume Examples [Skills]

This first sample desktop support resume clip is like a Mattel Barbie PC:

Desktop Support Skills: Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Linux OS, Windows OS, Mac OS, Troubleshooting, Problem Solving, Time Management, DNS, IPv4, TCP, SMTP, Efficiency, MS Office, Everything Under the Sun...

A long skills list isn't bad. But it buries the important ones behind the unimportant ones.

Instead, focus on the skills shown in the desktop support job description, plus a couple more.

Then, prove them in your tech support bullet points:

  • Handled all desktop support issues in a high-volume manufacturing firm.
  • Kept 250 employees up and running on Windows 10.
  • Handled trouble tickets 25% faster than other desktop support engineers.
  • Commended by management 3X for exemplary troubleshooting skills.

That's more than just a resume skills list. It's Katniss Everdeen with a computer science background.

Can you see how it would impress the manager who hires tech support specialists?

Need an IT support technician resume skills list to get started? See below.

List of Skills to Put on a Desktop Support Resume

This desktop support resume skills list should give you a head start. It's packed with great desktop support resume keywords to boot.

Find more in desktop support job descriptions online.

Desktop Support Resume Skills Desktop Support Resume Skills

Soft Skills

Hard Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Linux OS


Windows OS


Mac OS

Problem solving

MS Office

Analytical Skills

Software Support


Software Upgrades

Time Management

Troubleshooting Networks







Use the plan above, and your resume for desktop support will be clicking along smoothly in no time.

Pro Tip: Even resetting passwords makes a good desktop specialist resume skill. List anything that proves you have already done the job they're hiring for.

Want to upgrade your desktop analyst resume skills list? See our guide: +30 Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)


How to Show Certifications on a Resume

Do you need a certification on a desktop support engineer resume?

If yes, which one? MCP? CompTIA A+? ITIL? MCSE? HDI?

The answer's simple:

On an experienced resume for desktop support, certifications are like Christmas ornaments. They look nice, but they don't matter all that much.

In a face-off between entry-level applicants, certifications can give you a valuable edge.

Which cert is best?

If the job ad lists one, that one's best.

Failing that, they're all OK.


  • CompTIA A+
  • MCSE - Microsoft

You can also put certs in your resume summary, or after your name.

A CCNA is generally an IT certification. That said, it does look great on a desktop support technician resume.

Pro Tip: An A+ cert costs over $400 for both tests. You could save the time and money and just work a little harder on your desktop support resume.

What four things should you definitely leave off a resume for desktop support? See our guide: What To Put On A Resume To Make It Perfect [Tips & Examples]


How to Add Other Sections for an Effective Resume


Imagine the hiring manager has just 10 resumes left.

How will he pick one?

He'll pick the candidate he likes the most.

So, how do you become that candidate?

With special "other" sections on your pro desktop specialist resume.

Desktop Support Resume Examples [Other Sections]


  • Hot Bowling
  • Iguanas

Hey, it takes all kinds. Still, you'll rope in more interviews with accomplishments that fit the job.

This desktop support resume example will prove your chops:



  • 2017 CompTIA Fly-In
  • 2015 Spiceworld - Spoke on a panel about efficiency in Desktop Support


  • 2017 Article on trouble ticket resolution published in Customer Bliss
  • 2016 Interviewed by Tekzilla podcast about troubleshooting best practices

Additional Activities

  • Member, CompTIA
  • Walk dogs weekly at the Raleigh County Animal Shelter
  • President, Kentville Cycling Club. Increased membership 75%

That's a true tech generalist. I would ask her anything, including how to reboot the Hulkbuster Armor.

But with a little head scratching, any applicant can have a computer support technician resume like that.

Pro Tip: Even imaging a PC can make a good bullet point in a resume for desktop support. If you've got space, add anything that proves your worth.

Need inspiration for "other" sections to add to a desktop support engineer resume? See our guide: Resume Sections to Include on Your Resume: Guide (+20 Examples)


How About a Cover Letter for Desktop Support?

Will anyone really read a cover letter for a desktop support position?

No. They'll skim it.

If it says, "Blah blah, here's my resume," they'll toss it.

If it's personal and passionate, they'll slow down and give your desktop resume a careful read.

How can you make it so?

First, learn the hiring manager's name and use it. That's the best way to start a cover letter.

Then, prove you understand the job, and prove you've got the skill to do it.

Let this (shortened) desktop support cover letter show you how:


A position at StratosTundra Digital is exciting to me, because of your commitment to streamlining the IT process.

At ArcSpan Media, I saved 50,000 hours of productivity a year by spotting a widespread computer issue. I also resolved trouble tickets 35% faster than the company average. It's this thirst to elevate the desktop support environment that I..

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You’re about to see a killer assistant manager resume example. Even better? You’re going to learn how to write one yourself.

Why is it so important?

To land the job of your dreams, your assistant manager resume has to show that you’ll be able to understand every aspect of the enterprise, decide what’s important and what’s not, learn to read the manager’s mind, and, finally, be the manager, when the manager’s not there.

Fail to convey this message on a resume, and your career is going nowhere.

Seem impossible?

Nah. It’s easy.

Don’t worry—in this guide, I’m going to show you how to make a resume that stuns every recruiter and gets you that interview. Read on and that’s what you’ll get:

  • An assistant manager resume sample better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • How to write an assistant manager resume even if you have no experience.
  • Tips and examples of how to put skills and achievements on an assistant manager resume.
  • How to describe your experience on a resume for assistant manager positions to get any job you want.

Here's a sample resume for an assistant manager made using our resume builder.

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Already a full-blown manager? Read: Manager Resume: Sample and Writing Guide


What’s the Best Format for an Assistant Manager Resume?

Some food for thought:

On average, recruiters and hiring managers spend just 6 seconds on every resume they get.

They don’t read the whole thing. They skim it for what’s most important to them.


What should you do?

Make it easy to find the most relevant details on your assistant manager resume.

Choose the respected reverse chronological resume format. Recruiters are familiar with it so they’ll know where to look for what they need.

Plus, it lets you put your best foot forward. It showcases the peak of your career.

Here’s what to include in a reverse-chronological assistant manager resume, from top to bottom.

Assistant Manager Resume Template
  1. Contact information
  2. Resume objective or summary
  3. Work experience in reverse-chronological order
  4. Education
  5. Skills
  6. Additional Sections (Certifications, Awards, Volunteer Experience, or Hobbies and Interests)

Pro Tip: Once you’re done writing your professional resume for assistant manager positions, save it in PDF. This way, you’ll keep your resume layout intact. Just remember to double-check with the assistant manager job description if the company accepts PDF. If not—send your resume in DOC.

Want more tips on the best assistant manager resume format for you? Here’s the only guide you’ll need: Three Resume Formats: How to Format a Resume for Greatest Impact


How to Write an Assistant Manager Resume Objective or Summary?

Remember those 6 seconds of a recruiter’s attention your resume gets? Scary, right?

But what if you could make her actually read your whole resume? Wouldn’t it be great?

Good news!

You can do it.

The trick?

Put a perfectly crafted assistant manager resume objective or resume summary at the top—a short and sweet paragraph just below your contact information that explains why you’re the perfect candidate for this job.

Resume summary gives an outline of your career and highlights your best achievements. Use it if you’ve got relevant experience.

Resume objective, in turns, discusses what you’ve learned so far and shows how you’d fit in. If you’re writing an entry-level assistant manager resume or if you’re changing careers, go for the resume objective.

The key thing? You need to make your assistant manager resume objective or summary solely about your employer’s benefits, not your personal gain.

Don’t write about what you want out of the job. Focus on what you have to offer.

Check out these sample assistant manager objectives and summaries to see what I mean.

Let’s begin with objectives.

Example of a Retail Assistant Manager Resume Objective

Entry-level retail associate with a BA from Williams College. Seeking real world experience in retail. No experience yet but I'm very energetic.

Not awful, one might think. But not impressive either. The bottom line is something along the lines of “I’ve got no experience, but I want to get some. Oh, and I need a job.”

Have a look at another retail assistant manager resume objective sample.

Example of a Retail Assistant Manager Resume Objective

Hard-working retail associate, skilled in POS tech and inventory management. Seeking to increase sales and customer loyalty as Assistant Store Manager at Chiller Outfitters. Built volunteer retail experience at Goodwill as cashier and restocker, receiving management commendation for excellent customer communication.

Wow, right?

This one’s sure to get every hiring manager interested and eager to read on. Why? Because it makes an offer the hiring manager cannot refuse.

If you’re writing a sales or retail assistant manager resume and need more inspiring ideas, check out one of these industry-specific guides:

Now let’s see how to write a summary on a resume for asst manager positions.

Restaurant Assistant Manager Resume Summary Example

Engaging restaurant worker and manager with 7 years of experience. Seeking to help Legal Seafoods in reaching their goal of food service industry excellence as the new Assistant Manager. Managed 25 cooks and waitstaff in fast-paced, high-end restaurant. Handled inventory, vendors, and hiring. Reduced turnover by 25%.

See? “I’ve been successful at the job and I will help you get where you want to be with your business.”

That’s what hiring managers want to hear.

This candidate’s getting the call-back, that’s for sure.

Want to have a look at more examples of a restaurant assistant manager resume? Here’s a couple of articles you cannot afford to miss:

Pro Tip: In every resume objective or summary for assistant manager positions, address the company by name and indicate the position you’re targeting. Yup—that means you cannot send one general assistant manager resume for every application. And that’s the point. Personalization works wonders!

Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.

Inside Uptowork's resume tool you will find tips and examples for your resume.

Writing the perfect assistant manager resume objective or summary can be tricky. For more expert tips and real-life examples, check out our handy guides: How to Write a Resume Summary and How to Write a Resume Objective.


How to Describe Your Assistant Manager Work Experience?

An assistant manager assists the manager.

But we both know this isn’t enough to get the job and keep it, is it?

The fix?

In the work experience section, don’t just talk about your past assistant manager duties and responsibilities. Focus on your achievements.

Here’s how to do it:

How to Describe Your Work Experience on an Assistant Manager Resume
  1. Start with your current or most recent job.
  2. Follow it with your previous position and the one before that, and so on.
  3. Underneath each position, add up to 5 bullet points describing your duties and, more importantly, your achievements.
  4. Quantify whenever possible. Don’t say you “significantly increased sales.” Say how much exactly. Numbers pop!
  5. At the bottom, add a “Key achievement” subsection where you show off your best win.
  6. Last but not least—pick phrases from the job ad, and refer to them in your work experience section. List relevant assistant manager duties, not every single task you’ve performed. It’s called tailoring a resume and it’s super effective. Want to learn more about it? Go here: 6 Tips on How to Tailor Your Resume to a Job Description

So now you’ve learned the theory. Time to see how it works in practice!

Have a look at some assistant manager resume examples. Let’s begin with a fast food assistant manager resume sample:

Sample Fast Food Assistant Manager Resume—Work Experience

Assistant Restaurant Manager
January 2010 - December 2010
Pizza Hut, New York, NY

  • Managed and coached phone and online orders for clients.
  • Encouraged and influenced dining guests to make beverage-pairing decisions based on taste and menu.
  • Instituted customer promotional survey to assess food demand, which soon became adopted industry-wide.

Key Achievement: Identified cold storage solution which led to a cost reduction of 17%

Pro Tip: Pack your work experience section full of action verbs. “Managed,” or “coached” sound way better than “responsible for managing and coaching.”

Want to see an example of an assistant manager resume from a different industry? Here we go!

Customer Service Assistant Manager Resume Sample—Work Experience

Customer Service Assistant Manager
March 2012‒January 2017
On Point Electronics, New York

  • Led a team of 75 customer service representatives for On Point Electronics for five years.
  • Increased customer retention by 38%.
  • Increased employee retention by 22%.

Key achievement: Raised customer experience phone survey ratings by 58%.

Nailed it. Numbers, action verbs, key achievements—all check.

The work experience section is the most important part of every asst manager resume. Want to make sure you’ll get it right? Here’s the guide to answer all your questions: How to List Work Experience on Your Resume


Is Your Education Section Underselling You? It Might Be.

Is the education section of an assistant manager resume the easiest one to write?

Yeah, perhaps.

Usually, just put your highest degree there. Include:

  • Degree type,
  • Your major (and minors, if you’ve got them),
  • Institution name,
  • Graduation date.

Pro Tip: If you’ve got more than 6 months of professional experience, don’t include your GPA. Omit it also if it’s not higher than 3.5. It could do you more harm than good.

These are the basics.

But sometimes you need a bit more. For instance, if you’re writing an entry-level resume with little professional experience, it’s your education section that you should focus on.

Include details like:

  • Relevant coursework
  • Favorite fields of study
  • Academic achievements
  • Extracurricular activities

Show prospective employers you mean business.

Here’s an example of a great assistant manager resume education section.

HR Assistant Manager Resume Sample—Education Section

BS, Human Resources
Penn State, 2007–2011

  • Excelled in Employment Relations coursework.
  • Started and ran a discussion club on modern trends in employer branding.
  • My Honors Thesis on Organizational Psychology was linked to by the Harvard Business Review.

That’s the way to do it. Even if the candidate doesn’t have much experience, her education section shows the sense of purpose she has in pursuing her career.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to convince employers to give you a shot.

If you’re hungry for more tips about listing your education on an asst manager resume, check out this piece: How to Put Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]


What are the Best Skills for an Assistant Manager Resume?

Your skills are, ultimately, what’s of value to your employers.

So what’s the best way to show them?

In a word—relevance.

The skills section of your assistant manager resume can’t be filled with all skills you think you have listed in whatever order you see fit. You need to highlight those skills that a given company wants.

Remember when I mentioned tailoring? Here it comes again. See what I mean.

Assistant Manager Skills on a Resume—How to List Them
  • Start with a spreadsheet that lists all your professional skills.
  • Read the job description carefully. Look for skills-related keywords.
  • Check how many of these are there in your spreadsheet. Quite a few? Great. That’s your skills list.
  • Don’t just put the names of your skills. Provide evidence that shows your level of proficiency.

In need of a real-life example? There you go.

Let’s say, there’s an opening for a sales and retail assistant manager. The job ad states that the following skills are required:

  • New business development
  • Lead conversion
  • Budgeting

Here’s a tailored assistant manager resume skills list:

Sample Retail Assistant Manager Resume—Skills List
  • Business Development: Developed new business to push sales revenue from $750,000/yr to $1.1 million in 1 year.
  • Lead Conversion Solutions: Increased staff training to drive lead conversion up 20%.
  • Budgeting: Cut inventory costs by 25% through annual trend analysis.

Just perfect. That’s exactly what the hiring manager’s been looking for—relevant skills backed up with solid evidence of past success.

Pro Tip: Don’t talk about your skills only in the skills section. Sprinkle them throughout your work experience and education and mention one or two in your resume objective or summary.

See more examples of job-winning skills sets that could spice up any assistant manager resume here: 30+ Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)


How to Add Additional Sections to Make an Effective Assistant Manager Resume?

Almost all candidates lie on their resumes.

And recruiters know that. That’s why they read every resume they get with a pinch of salt.

Now—guess what?

You can make them actually believe yours.


Add an extra section that provides proof that you’re a valuable candidate. List your unquestionable wins.

Such as?

Have a look at some ideas for an additional section on a resume for assistant manager positions.

Additional Sections for an Assistant Manager Resume—Examples
  • Industry awards
  • Certifications
  • Influencing on social media
  • Additional training and participation in conferences

Can’t showcase any of the above yet? Don’t fret. A junior management assistant resume can still benefit from an extra section.

Here are few examples:

Extra Sections for a Junior Assistant Manager Resume—Examples
  • Volunteer experience
  • Hobbies and interests
  • Academic achievements
  • Personal blog

Pro Tip: To beef up a flimsy assistant manager resume, consider taking an online training class or two. You can finish most in two or three hours without leaving home and they can make a huge difference for your chances of landing that dream job.

Not quite sure what to include in the extra section of a good admin assistant resume and what to leave off? Read our guide: Resume Sections to Include on Your Resume: Guide (+20 Examples)


How About an Assistant Manager Cover Letter?

Some of your peers might’ve told you that nobody reads cover letters in 2018.

Never take any advice from them again.

Why’s that?

Because almost half of recruiters won’t open your resume if there’s no cover letter attached.

Sound like a risk you want to take? No?

So I thought.

An assistant manager cover letter is often expected even if the job description doesn’t explicitly state so. And it can be used to your massive advantage.

Think about looking for an entry-level position. Daunting, right?

It’s your asst manager cover letter that can get you there!

If you attach a cover letter to your resume, you can highlight your creativity. And you get the chance to explain why you’re interested in pursuing your career.

Your cover letter can prove to recruiters that you’re motivated and driven.

But it’s not only junior candidates who should write a cover letter.

It doesn’t matter if you’re writing an HR assistant manager resume, a senior assistant property manager resume, or a resume for assistant sales manager gigs. Including a cover letter in your application doubles your chances of getting hired. Can’t argue with the stats, can you?

Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write your cover letter in our resume builder here. Here's what it may look like:

See more templates and create your resume and cover letter here.


Pro Tip: Make your assistant manager cover letter personal. Use the job poster’s name. For bonus points, do some research—visit the company website and mention something you like about the way they run their business.

Want to learn the art of writing a jaw-dropping cover letter? Read this guide and become a cover letter writing pro in no time: How to Write a Cover Letter in 8 Simple Steps

Key Takeaway

If you want to write a resume that gets assistant manager jobs—

Personalize every resume you send. Mention the name of the company you’re applying to and refer to the requirements listed in the job ad.

Open your assistant manager resume with a resume summary or a resume objective. Give an outline of your most valuable skills and successes.

In the work experience section, use action verbs and emphasize your achievements, not just assistant manager duties.

Quantify whenever possible. Choose numbers over descriptions. Don’t beat around the bush—be specific and straightforward.

For the final word—keep your phone at hand. You’ll get flooded by interview callbacks!

Got any more questions? Need further help? Want to chat about writing your resume? That’s great cause I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Drop me a line in the comments and I’ll get back to you double-quick.

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How to stand out in a sea of candidates?

Start with a unique resume template. Everyone else will be using generic black and white resumes straight out of the text processor, but not you!

Together with Luiza, my witty and weird workmate, we set out in search of the most exceptional resume templates out there.

Some are ours, some aren’t, but all of them are truly unique resume templates.

This list will show you:

  • Over a dozen unique resume template examples better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • One-of-a-kind templates for resumes ready to download and use right away.
  • Resume templates full of unique characteristics and sections so you’ll stand out.


Cubic by Uptowork

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Cubic is one of our takes on unique resume layouts and design, and we like to think we did this one right. With a three-tone background depending on the section, different areas of your resume stand out easily from each other.

The top header is reserved just for your name and title for you to stand out, and the background color also sets the tone for the accent color later in the document. A right-hand sidebar switches it up from the many left-side ones out there. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills allow you to showcase your expertise in style. Cubic is included when you create a resume in our builder, along with many others.


An Ultimate Package


White Graphic has created a complete package centered around this professional and peerless 3-page resume template. Paired with a bunch of free fonts and icons to use with it, this resume surely gives you all the tools and space you need to express yourself.

Here’s the link to this template on Creative Market, and it includes a cover letter template and an icon package, all available to download for Microsoft Word or Adobe’s Photoshop.


Paint Splotches


Nhung Nguyen’s “Modern CV Template” is a watercolor template ready for painter resumes, designers, artists, or other creative types. The paint splotches on the top left and bottom right really give it an unfinished, artistic feel. To top it off, each section is easy to find and unique from each other.

Find this great modern resume example at this link from Behance, available to use with Adobe Illustrator. This template is unique in part because it’s quite modern. Check out other contemporary ones: Modern Resume Templates & 18 Examples


Stencil & Pencil


Fay Zodiac’s “Free Resume Template” is a matchless monochromatic masterpiece. With a hand-drawn, stenciled appearance, this resume will definitely make the hiring manager impressed. Each resume section is easy to locate, with a border all around and a subtitle that has adjacent, diagonal striping.

Here’s the link to this free unique resume template on Behance. Check out our curated list of free templates to download: Free Resume Templates: 17 Downloadable Resume Templates to Use


A Foundation of Pastel


Coming from Graphic Google, the “Free Simple & Elegant Resume Template” is pleasing to the eye in an organic way, with its earthy, pastel colors and minimal black or white. Those colors separate different sections, but they chose well—they don’t create an eyesore as many other documents of multiple colors might.

Here’s the link to this simple and unique template. Simple doesn’t have to mean uninspired and boring. Check out our curated list of simple resume templates: Simple Resume Templates: 15 of the Easiest Resume Examples to Use


Primo by Uptowork


Primo is another one of ours, and we consider it a pretty distinctive resume template in its own right. Seems like another standard resume. However, if you look closely, this resume template has several unique features and attributes.

A right-hand sidebar switches it up from the many left-side ones we’ve shown previously. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills, icons for each resume section, and a timeline format for your education and experience sections really help you to stand out. Primo is included when you create a resume in our builder, along with many others.


Fog Iconic


Tolgahan Yurtseven’s “FREE Resume Template + Icons” on Behance throws rules out the window—you can switch back and forth between having a full-width area or split it for a two- or three-column resume layout, depending on whether you want to list items horizontally or vertically.

The header area allows you to add an artistic background image to frame your contact details. Your education and work experience section is given a timeline appearance to show career and academic progression. Icons near the footer show instead of tell your hobbies and interests.

Here’s the link to this exceptional resume template download for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop at Behance.


Trianglified Traits


Krystian Kubicki’s “CV/Resume project” on Behance is just gorgeous. A subdued, trianglified background allows your skills and achievements to stand out. A perfect resume-with-photo layout, the large half-profile taking up the left side really makes this one incomparable. His choice of icons and circle graphs make this one second to none.

Here’s the link to this singular resume template on Behance. Being creative on a resume like this one is tough, but our guide and examples make it easy: Creative Resume Templates & 15+ Examples [A Complete Guide]


Gray Rosé


The folks over at Etsy’s Freestyle Templates give us their “Pink Resume Template.” It’s quite a modern resume design, with its interweaved gray and pink blocks for the various resume sections. The skills area has an adjustable bar graph that let you pinpoint exactly where you think you stand.

Here’s the link to this unique template for resumes, available to purchase on Etsy and downloadable for Microsoft Word (.docx).


Brochure With Allure


Coreena Cole posted some fun and creative resumes over on her Behance profile. This particular resume template has a brochure layout (horizontal), but she includes a vertical resume version, as well. Making light use of color variations, Coreena’s unique resume template makes things pop with primary school colors without skimping on the story.

Here’s the link to this colorful resume template to use and edit with Microsoft Word.


Personalized & Peerless


“Resume Template 3 Page | CV Template” by the Template Depot over at Creative Market is a tasteful, minimalistic resume design. Different resume sections are represented with various widths, some full-width, some half-width, and more.

Here’s the link to this unique resume template, which comes with 2 pages, a cover letter template, an icon pack, and more.




Julia at Bungalow Creative on Etsy brings us this eye-catching resume template. Simple and clean, the header holds just your name and professional title (and address on the cover letter template to match), followed by a simple leaf pattern strip before the recruiter’s eyes get to the good stuff.

Here’s the link to this one-of-a-kind resume template on Etsy, available as a download for Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop.


A Pink Cloud Raining Experience


Nhung Dvove and Chic Templates have created a resume template without equal with this beauty. With a gorgeous, pink watercolor paint splotch right in the center that frames your resume summary or objective, the hiring manager’s gaze knows where to focus immediately.

Here’s the link to this unique template for resumes that you can find on Etsy. The package includes a resume template, cover letter template, and a references page template, all in both Microsoft Word .docx and Pages .pages formats.


Four to Score


White Graphic’s “Professional Resume 4 Pages” is a complete resume package, with a two-page resume template, a reference page template, and a cover letter template, all with matching layouts. Its good design is most prominent in the skills and education section, which resembles a modern table of three columns.

Here’s the link to this standout template on Creative Market, which includes a free download of 30 different icons for use on your resume.


Self Identity

Lam Lu’s “Self Identity” project on Behance is one of the best personal infographics we’ve seen. A pleasant, blue-and-orange color scheme, dozens of icons and charts, and an area of convergence in the center which ties everything together—what more can you ask for? It’d make a great visual resume to hand in to the hiring manager, or a great placemat to read at your next dinner party.

Here’s the link to this resume template. For more of the best infographic resume templates we’ve found around the web, see: Infographic Resume Templates [13 Examples to Download & Use Now]

Key Takeaway

You’re competing against dozens—if not hundreds—of other applicants for one dream position.

You’ve got to be unique.

Fortunately, it’s not difficult to do when you take the time to find and customize your own unique resume template.

Do you have any questions on how to write a unique resume? Not sure how to describe your skills or achievements to make a resume template without equal? Give us a shout in the comments below and we will answer your question. Thanks for reading!

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Diagnosing system malfunctions. Quality-testing changes in the sandbox before deployment. Racing your coworkers in your rolly chairs when the IT director ain’t looking.

This job seems coded just for you.

You know you’ll excel once you get there, but how to prove it?

How to write an IT resume that will showcase your exceptional skills?

Don’t worry! It’s easy as plug-and-play. With just a bit of time and this guide, you’ll soon been talking about your professional IT resume at the interview.

This IT resume guide will show you:

  • Great IT resume examples better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • How to write an information technology resume that will land you more interviews.
  • Excellent IT resume tips and examples of how to include skills and achievements.
  • How to describe your experience on a resume for IT worker to get any job you want.

Here’s a sample resume for IT jobs made using our resume builder:

Want to save time and have your resume ready in 5 minutes? Try our resume builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you'll get tips and right vs. wrong examples while writing your resume. See 20+ resume templates and create your resume here.

IT resume Example - See +20 resume templates and create your resume here


If you’re looking for specific resume samples for computer and information technology occupations, we’ve got them:

Or check out our general Technical Resume Writing Guide


What’s the Best Format for an IT resume?

Bad news: the IT manager won’t read your whole resume at first. In fact, they’ll take just 6 seconds to scan it.

What’s that mean for you?

Like modern UX catering to ever-decreasing attention spans, you need to catch their attention. You need to do it fiber-optic quickly. And you need to not let go.

You need to choose the best IT resume format.

Thankfully, it’s not as tough as it sounds. Depending on your past work history, there are two ways to go about this:

How to Format an IT resume with Experience

Got experience working in IT before? You’ve got it made. You’ll want to use the reverse-chronological format for IT resumes.

This format emphasizes your tech duties, work experience, and IT work history.

You’ll list your most recent work positions first, and go back through past jobs in reverse-chronological order from there.

How to Format an IT resume With no Experience

But, what if you need an entry-level IT resume format?

Don’t worry, because here’s the thing: you might not have experience for this job, but you have experience relevant to the job. On a first-time IT job resume, you’ll still list other work you’ve had in reverse-chronological order.

However, this time you won’t just talk about your professional tech duties and responsibilities. Instead, you’ll highlight relevant skills and achievements from past jobs in the neatly-aligned bullet points. List them under relevant subheadings like: Software Skills.

Pick and choose transferable skills to match the professional IT resume job description from the ad.

Have no IT work experience at all? Not to worry! Instead, the education section moves to the top, followed by other sections (e.g., volunteering, languages), which we’ll talk about more in just a moment. Then, save your IT resume as a PDF, as this format keeps the layout in shape.

Pro Tip: Check the job posting to make sure PDFs are OK. Some Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) get jammed like an infinite loop on PDF formatting. The ATS scans for resume keywords; if it can’t read your file, it’ll assume you can’t do anything right.

Not entirely sure about the reverse-chronological format for your IT professional resume? See our guide: 3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]

Before (or right after) deciding which format to choose, make a resume outline to help you plan out the organization and resume layout to get it right. See this article for more: Resume Outline Examples: Complete How-To Guide With 15+ Tips


IT resume Summary or Resume Objective?

You want to catch the IT director’s eye like a 1 in a string of 0s.

You need an IT resume objective or resume summary. But which one?

Let’s go over these two now, and you’ll be able to pick the best one to appeal to any tech agencies looking for applicants.

Example IT resume Summary

If you have IT experience, such as if this is an IT director resume or IT manager resume, then opt for the resume summary:

  • It highlights your related information technology work history.
  • It promotes you with a previous technical achievement.

Here are examples of IT consultant resume summaries:


Personable IT consultant with 4+ years expertise in a fast-paced global tech firm. Achieved company-best quality satisfaction rating according to internal review (99.76%). Seeking to advance my career by growing with the Lansing team.


I have been an IT consultant for the last 4 years. In addition to my knowledge of various front-end and back-end duties, I also handle server infrastructure, hardware, software, and key maintenance and administration procedures.

Do you see the differences? While the “Wrong” one has some impressive experience listed, it plays up your everyday duties as if they’re accomplishments, which they aren’t. In the “Right” example, you give evidence of your IT consultant resume skills, achievements, and experience.

Writer’s block? If you’re having trouble getting started on your IT specialist resume, check out this guide: How to Start a Resume: A Complete Guide With Tips & 15+ Examples

Pro Tip: Personalize your IT resume example by dropping the company’s name into your resume summary or objective.

If you’re craving more advice and examples of summaries for IT resumes, check out our guide: How To Write A Resume Summary: 21 Best Examples You Will See

Example IT resume Objective

If you don’t have IT experience, go with the IT resume objective:

  • It highlights your tech skills and qualities.
  • It promotes you with a related achievement.
  • It briefly explains the career path change.

Here are examples of objectives for IT technician resumes without experience:


Diligent support specialist with 3+ years experience with large cloud services agency. Obtained highest grades in build spec (100%) and quality (97.3%). Seeking to further IT career by growing with the Lansing team as the IT technician.


I am a support specialist eager to become a field technician. I don’t have experience in field work, but coworkers often say that I am a quick learner. I am highly motivated because I enjoy being outside for work rather than behind a desk in a dismal, gray box.

See the differences here? Lansing is taking a bigger chance by hiring someone without exact experience - in this case, a support specialist for a technician role. You’ll need to show them that you have what it takes.

In the “Right” one, we used some transferable skills from the cloud services company and some proud achievements for a quantifiable win. The “Wrong” one doesn’t show enough to hold the IT manager’s attention.

Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.

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Fancy more advice and examples of a resume objective for IT gigs? Check out our guide: 20+ Resume Objective Examples - Use Them On Your Resume (Tips)


How to Describe Your IT Experience

“Wow. This is friggin’ awesome!”

That’s not only what you’d like end users to say upon trying out any updates you push them - it’s the reaction you want from the hiring manager when they look at your professional IT specialist resume.

To get there, you’ll rave about the experience on your resume in a way which stimulates their senses like the next big thing in VR. Here’s how:

Experienced IT resume:

If you’ve held one or more tech jobs before, you’ve got a head start. Still, pick the best tech responsibilities that match the company’s interests.

Take a look at these IT resume samples:


IT Specialist

January 2014 - December 2017

AWS, New York, NY

Key IT Qualifications & Responsibilities

  • Coached newly-hired IT specialists on advanced technical procedures.
  • Assisted clients with diagnosis of software and hardware issues and concerns.
  • Encouraged timely and relevant upgrades for clients’ products as necessary.

Key IT Achievements

  • Identified new parts-ordering solution which led to a client wait time reduction of 17% and an increase in client satisfaction by 39%
  • Assisted IT director with administration applications, reducing workload by 19%

IT Specialist

January 2014 - December 2017

AWS, New York, NY

  • Trained employees in IT tasks.
  • Helped customers with their products.
  • Upgraded clients’ products.

See the differences? The “wrong” example seems fine, but the items listed were your everyday IT responsibilities. In the “right” example, however, we itemized your duties in IT with more detail, and then included achievement(s) with quantifiable numbers for the win.

Tailoring your resume will not only help you find your ideal resume length, it will turn recruiters into believers: 6 Tips on How to Target Your Resume to a Job Description (Examples)

IT resume With No Experience:

Never been in IT before? Switching fields within information technology?

No problem. We just need to find a way to show them that you’re worth your weight in Bitcoin.


Help Desk Agent

January 2013 - December 2015

The Kall Center, New York, NY

Key IT Responsibilities

  • Coached other help desk support agents on technical duties and managed hardware and software training on product catalog.
  • Encouraged and influenced email and phone clients to make software-pairing decisions based on budget and need.
  • Instituted customer promotional survey to assess software demand, which soon became adopted call center-wide.

Key IT Achievements

  • Identified ticketing management solution which led to a queue reduction of 18%
  • Assisted IT manager as liaison to clients on software updates, reducing workload by 49%

See what we did here?

At first, having a help desk resume doesn’t seem too similar to a job in IT. But, we played up those duties and achievements which translate well for a resume in information technology - whether for an IT consulting resume or an IT supervisor resume.

Pro Tip: Take some time to think about your past jobs. Which areas relate best to having strong IT skills and know-how? Pick those for your IT resume.

But what if you have no past experience at all? Not to worry! See this guide: First Resume with No Work Experience Samples (A Step-by-Step Guide)


Is Your Education Section Underperforming? It Might Be.

The education section - a waste of space, like unminified comments in your style.css, right?

You’d better think again. The education section is a valuable part of the perfect resume for IT positions. In the case of those without experience, the education section becomes the most important.

So, how to make an IT resume’s education section?

Here’s how to include your completed degree:

2012 BA in Network Administration
City University of New York, New York, NY
3.9 GPA

But what if you are still completing your university degree?

Here’s how to list a degree that is still in progress:

BA in Network Administration
City University of New York, New York, NY
Expected Graduation in 2020

And what if all you have is your high school diploma?

List your high school, styling it like this:

Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, NY
Graduated in 2008

If you’ve completed a degree, skip listing your high school.

Pro Tip: On your IT specialist resume, when applicable, only include your GPA if it is as close to 4.0 as possible. Too low will hurt instead of help. We don’t want that!

Would you like some more ways on how you can make the best use of your tech resume? Then check out: How to Put Your Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]


How to Put Skills on a resume for IT

Two things make IT management sit right up: a flawless software deployment and a great IT resume.

So far, you’ve done a good job, but how can you make it great?

Let’s audit the computer skills to put on resume and include the perfect ones on yours.

Skills on your resume for information technology are important, but only the right ones. Also, not too many and not too few.

How do we add just the right amount to describe your IT job experience?

First, make a list of some generic hard and soft skills to put on a resume for IT. Hard skills are specific abilities and know-how (e.g., Devops Debugger 5000). Soft skills are self-developed, life-learned attributes (e.g., people skills, adaptability).

Here are some basic IT resume skills examples:

IT Skills List

IT resume Hard Skills

IT resume Soft Skills

Agile Development

Attention to Detail

Database Administration

Time Management



Devops Debugger 5000 Use

Analytical Skills

Front-End & Back-End Development


Cloud Management


Data Synchronization

Problem Solving

However! These are good skills for a resume - for average technical resume examples.

But you’re not average, right? Don’t let your IT resume be average, either. To make your resume unique, don’t just list these generic skills relevant to all tech staff.

It’s time to browse the job listing and underline IT resume keywords that match their needs.

Pro Tip: Type a bunch of your skills for IT resume(s) into an Excel column, with a number (1-10) of importance and relevance in the next column. Then, filter the worst ones down like a perfect query until you have the best 5 or 6.

Ugh! So many IT resume rules! Don’t worry, we’ve simplified them here: Resume Dos and Don'ts: 50+ Tips & Advice on Building Great Resumes

IT technician resume job description skills and requirements:

Job objectives and responsibilities

The following represents the key activities that the IT Technician will be responsible for:

  • Installing and configuring computer hardware, operating systems and applications [1]
  • Conducting electrical safety checks on computer equipment
  • Monitoring and proactively maintaining computer systems and networks
  • Replacing parts as required
  • Troubleshooting system and network problems and diagnosing and solving hardware or software faults [2]
  • Monitoring Help Desk tickets and resolving user issues
  • Responding within agreed time limits to call-outs
  • Working continuously on a task until completion (or referral to third parties, if appropriate)
  • Talking staff or clients through a series of actions, either face-to-face or over the telephone, to help set up systems or resolve issues
  • Rapidly establishing a good working relationship with colleagues, customers and other
  • professionals, such as software developers
  • Setting up new users' accounts and profiles and dealing with password issues
  • Providing support, including procedural documentation and relevant reports
  • Following diagrams and written instructions to repair a fault or set up a system
  • Supporting the roll-out of new applications or updates [3]
  • Testing and evaluating new technology
  • Maintaining documentation and hardware/software registers

See the skills on this IT technician job description? Let me show you a few examples:

  • Exceptional understanding of computer hardware, operating systems and applications [1]
  • Quick and accurate diagnosis of network problems [2]
  • Terrific knowledge of application and update rollouts [3]
  • Microsoft Excel & Word
  • Database administration
  • Customer service

Notice the differences between the two? In the second one, your laziness is obvious - you just googled “basic computer skills resume” and stuck the results in. In the first one, you look like just the one the IT manager has been searching for.

Don’t have the right skills, and you could miss out on your ideal job opportunity. See our guide: 30+ Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)


How to Add Other Sections for an Effective IT resume

Contact info, got it. Experience, check. Education, Objective, Skills - yeah, yup, and yes.

You’ve got all the main ingredients, but it’s missing your secret ingredient: extra resume sections.

Extra sections make IT resumes more unique. Everybody puts their name, experience, and skills. This is where you’ll list relevant things that you’re proud of to really stand out.

  • Volunteered after Nor'easter Nellie reconstructing homes.
  • Voracious reader (over 200 books per year).
  • Voted “Strongest Employee” three years in a..
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You could sell sand to a Pharaoh.

Your sales representative resume needs to prove that beyond question.

It's your 30 seconds in an elevator with the hiring manager for your dream job. A bridge to those two homes, the 401K, the beach vacations. You know, the good life.

The good news? It's not that hard, and yes, there really is a secret to it.

You're about to learn how to write a sales representative resume that stands out like a Patek Phillipe.

This guide will show you:

  • A sales representative resume example better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • How to write a sales rep resume that lands more interviews.
  • Tips and examples of how to put skills and achievements on an outside or inside sales representative resume.
  • How to describe your experience on a resume for a sales representative to get any job you want.

Here's a sample resume for a sales representative made using our resume builder.

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This guide works for any sales representative resume—inside, outside, and anything in between. However, If you’re targeting a particular sales or related occupation, we might just have the guide for you:


What's the Best Format for a Sales Representative Resume?

Does the hiring manager have lots of time? She’s busy, right?

Respect that with a super-strong sales rep resume layout. One that gets your info to her brain so fast her optic nerve sizzles.

That starts with the reverse-chronological resume format. It's the best sales representative resume format. Why?

Because it delivers your pitch at lightning speed.

That's key, since most hiring managers spend just six seconds with each resume.

Trim it out with the best resume fonts like Arial or Cambria. Partition them with big headings and strategic white space.

Last, should you send your salesperson resume in PDF or Word form?

Go with PDF unless the job ad says otherwise. Modern PDFs are all machine readable. Want proof? Try copy-pasting text from your sales rep resume PDF. If it works, you're golden.

Pro Tip: Are you writing an entry-level sales representative resume? The chronological resume format still works best. However, consider using the combination resume format if you’re a career changer. It shows your best transferable experience.

Need more selection for sales representative job resume formats? See our guide: 3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]


How to Write a Resume Summary or Resume Objective

A sales pitch needs a great hook.

In a sales rep resume, that's the resume summary or resume objective.

It's the tantalizing lure that brings in the heavy hitters.

But which one should you pick? And how can you make yours sell?

A sales rep resume summary shows off your achievements. Use one if you've got Ron-Popeil-level experience. (A LOT)

A resume objective is for new reps and career changers. Use it if you still haven't slept in a hundred hotels.

Here's a tip: Load up either with eye-popping achievements.

Need a demonstration? See the two pharmaceutical sales representative resume samples below.

Sales Representative Resume Examples [Resume Summaries]

Can you guess which of these medical sales rep resume examples will impress the hiring manager?


Enthusiastic sales representative seeking new employment. Highly skilled in relationship building, customer needs analysis, and closing sales. Have worked at Avalane Pharmaceuticals for 4 years as an outside sales representative. Worked at Azul Medical for 2 years as an inside sales rep.

That outside sales representative resume summary lacks details, but it's not bad. It could get second prize: a set of steak knives.

Do this for the blue ribbon:


Goal-oriented customer service rep with 7+ years' experience. Seeking to boost Pfizer's sales KPIs through proven relationship-building skills. At Avalane, developed relationships with 110 new clients and typically exceeded sales goals by 20%, with 18% more in-person meets than average.

That's better than a comfy vehicle, a bluetooth headset, and 300 miles of open road.

Got less experience than Tommy Boy? See the entry-level sales rep resume examples below.

Two Entry-Level Sales Representative Resume Objectives

The experts used to say, make up for lack of skill with lots of passion.


Highly-engaged junior sales representative seeking entry-level position. Haven't yet worked in the real world as an official sales rep, but I'm a very fast learner and will work extremely hard. Very skilled in sales.

Who's that, Dwight Schrute?

You need details for a junior sales representative resume objective that gets interviews:


Highly-engaged sales representative with a BS in Biology, seeking to enhance sales figures for Azult Medical. Worked as part-time sales rep for Fluid Kayaks for three years. Built relationships with 40 key customers in own landscaping company. Maintained 99% accurate product knowledge in a high-volume retail store.

The manager will need some relaxation breathing after that. The best part is, that applicant is just like you, with almost no experience.

I'll show you how that works, up next.

Pro Tip: There are almost 200,000 salesperson jobs on LinkedIn. Start with companies whose offerings you love. If they're not hiring, apply anyway. That means you're not up against a sea of other applicants.

Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.

Inside Uptowork's resume tool you will find tips and examples for your resume.

Want to give your outside or inside sales representative resume objective or resume summary the Zig Ziglar touch? See our guides: How To Write A Resume Summary: 21 Best Examples You Will See and +20 Resume Objective Examples - Use Them on Your Resume (Tips)


How to Describe Your Sales Representative Experience

I know you've got Erica-Feidner skills. You know you've got them.

Convince the hiring manager with your experience.

But don't just throw it at the wall and see what sticks.

Read the job description like your life depends on it. Highlight all the sales representative duties and responsibilities you see.

Then, find times you've proven all those qualities.

See the outside sales representative resume examples below. They'll put you in the Ricky Roma zone before you can say "fat sales commission."

Sales Representative Resume Examples [Experience]

Let's say the job ad targets relationship building and product knowledge.

Look how the first of these pharmaceutical sales representative resume samples nails it:


Avalane Pharmaceuticals

Outside Sales Representative


  • Outside sales rep for over 250 clients in a respected pharmaceutical firm.
  • Developed relationships with 110 new doctors.
  • Exceeded sales quotas by 20% in every quarter.
  • Scored at least 99% in regular company product knowledge exams.

Wow. The sales manager just dropped her copy of Spin Selling in her Borscht.

But do it like the next of our sales resume examples, and you're like a cold call from a guy with hives:


Excelecore Systems

Sales Representative


  • Outside sales rep a respected pharmaceutical firm.
  • Tasked with developing new client relationships.
  • Exceeded sales quotas.
  • Maintained solid product knowledge.

That basically says you had a sales job. Were you good at it? If so, prove it with some details.

Maybe you're writing a resume with no experience? Test drive the entry-level sales representative resume examples below.

How to Write a Resume for Sales Representative with no Experience

Look back at your past jobs. Have you used interpersonal skills? Communication skills? Time management?

Have you ever demonstrated product knowledge? Built relationships? Used PowerPoint?

Those are transferable sales skills. Even if you've only used them waiting tables, you can list them in a salesperson resume.

You've just got to show it right.

See how in the two entry-level sales rep resume examples below.

Two Sales Representative Resume Samples [No Experience]

This sample sales rep job resume section will get a door slammed in your face:


Sales Representative Experience: Haven't yet held the official sales rep title, but I'm very good with people, selling, and building relationships.

Other Experience:

  • Landscaping
  • Customer Service

Yeesh, right? You wouldn't trust that applicant to sell a raincoat in a hurricane.

Add details to get an entry-level sales representative resume sample like this:


Sales Representative Experience


  • Part time sales rep for Fluid Kayaks.
  • Built relationships with 35 key customers in own landscaping business.
  • Closed average 5 sales per day in outbound telemarketing job.
  • Expert in product knowledge in a busy outdoor retail shop.

That's no entry-level sales rep resume. It's Larry Ellison before he knew what he was doing.

Yet, that experience came from jobs in college. The applicant kayaked a lot, repped for his favorite company, and worked in retail. He also had a telemarketing job and did landscaping in the summers.

Where else can you get good inside or outside sales representative job resume experience? Try a couple short-term freelance gigs.

Pro Tip: Just like with a salesperson job, a sales rep resume depends on preparation. Learn all about the company, its needs, and the job offer. It'll make your salesperson resume 10x more powerful.

Never bore the customer. Make sure to keep her on the hook with action words. Need some for your retail sales representative resume? See our guide: +80 Examples of Resume Action Words for Every Profession


Is Your Education Section Missing Quotas? It Might Be

A sales representative resume's education section is another chance to make your pitch.

Use it wisely, and you'll ring all the right bells.

Of course add:

  • College Name and Location
  • Years in School
  • Degree

Then pepper it with relevant achievements.

The next two retail sales rep resume examples show how.

Sales Representative Resume Examples [Education]

Remember how we packed your sales rep resume experience with achievements that fit the job requirements?

Do the same thing with your education section. Picture a job that wants marketing knowledge, plus business and leadership skills.


BS in Biology

Lander University, 2008–2012

  • Pursued a passion for marketing coursework
  • Excelled in business management classes
  • Accepted into Hall of Leaders for exceptional community involvement

That's storytelling. It's like your whole life has led up to this one job.

But don't do it like the next of our retail sales representative resume examples:


BS in Biology

Lander University, 2008–2012

  • GPA 3.1
  • Received degree

Awkward. That's like visiting a key customer with something in your teeth.

But add those details, and you're Joe Gerard all over again.

Pro Tip: Have you taken extra sales classes? Add them to your outside sales rep job resume. Put them in a special "Classes" section after your education.

Should you list GPA or not? What if you've only got a GED? Find the nuance in our guide: How to Put Your Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]


How to Put Skills on a Resume for a Sales Representative

Skills are everything in a sales representative resume.

If you convince the hiring manager you've got them, then you've got the job.

But don't just list them.

First, focus on the skills shown in the sales rep job description.

Second, tie them to your experience like a foolproof sales contract.

Look at the next two sample sales rep resume skills sections. Both are for a job that wants skills in closing sales, building relationships, and customer needs analysis.

Sales Representative Resume Examples [Skills]

This medical sales rep resume example is out of the office, not returning calls:


Sales Representative Skills List: Relationship building, PowerPoint, product knowledge, interpersonal skills, Microsoft Office, communication, selling, closing sales, customer needs analysis, listening, collaboration, time management, self-motivated, copy-pasting skills lists from the internet...

That's a lot of skills. The bad news? The hiring manager has a malarkey detector, and it's bonging loudly.

So, focus, like the next sample sales rep resume clipping:

  • In charge of Northwest Territory for a high-volume medical products firm.
  • Exceeded sales goals by 25% in every quarter.
  • Built relationships with 150 new medical decision makers.
  • Created ongoing customer needs analysis to raise retention by 35%.

Wow. Dale Carnegie called. He wants his sales rep resume back.

Not only did you use the skills, you had a positive effect on the company's goals.

Need some to start with? Use the list below.

List of Skills to Put on a Sales Representative Resume

Use this sales representative job resume skills list as a springboard. It's chock full of sales representative resume keywords.

Find more in sales rep job descriptions online.


Sales Representative Resume Skills

Soft Skills

Hard Skills

Hard Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Product Knowledge

Social Media


Relationship Building

Presentation Skills


Rapport Building


Time Management


Lead Qualification

Problem Solving

Customer Needs Analysis

Referral Marketing


Objection Handling

Contract Negotiation


Product Demo

Client Nurturing


Closing Sales



Relationship Management

Conflict Management



Policy Knowledge

Pro Tip: What's the most important skill for a sales rep? Building strong relationships. Prove that and your retail or liquor sales rep resume will set the interview in stone.

Need more help to build a Billy-Mays-level sales representative resume skills section? See our guide: +30 Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)


How to Add Other Sections for an Effective Resume

Who would you hire?

Don Draper or Will Smith from The Pursuit of Happyness?

If you're thinking long term, there's only one real answer.

A resume for a sales representative isn't just experience and education.

It must show your every contour fits the job like it was custom-molded by Italian craftsmen.

But how can a mere salesman resume do that?

With "other" sections that shine spotlights on your most fascinating angles.

The next two pharmaceutical sales representative resume examples show how.

Sales Rep Resume Examples [Other Sections]
  • Arm Wrestling
  • Line Dancing

Hey, I want to party with you, cowboy. I'm not sure why you'd be a great sales rep though.

But look at this superior pharmaceutical sales representative job resume example:

  • CNPR Certified Pharma Sales Rep - NAPSR
Additional Activities
  • Member, NAPSR
  • Used interpersonal selling skills to secure $55,000 grant for local animal shelter
  • Participate in regular mountain bike racing events
  • Member of town council for Camona, MT since 2010
  • 2017 Article on relationship building published in Sales Hacker
  • 2016 Article on customer needs analysis linked to by Fortune
  • 2017 Antibiotics Summit
  • 2015 Pain Medicine Conference

Holy cow, I've got to hire that applicant! She'll be on the road 250 days a year, just pouring money into my accounts.

Now, go write your version of that outside sales rep resume sample.

Pro Tip: Do certifications help on sales rep resumes? Sales certs generally don't help anyone but entry-level applicants. But a certification in your industry, like a Cisco CCNA cert or a pharmacist license? That's gold.

"Other" sections aren't just about listing certifications on a resume, publications, and conferences. Want more ideas for your resume for a sales representative? See our guide: Resume Sections to Include on Your Resume: Guide (+20 Examples)


How About a Sales Rep Cover Letter?

Do you need an inside sales cover letter? An outside sales cover letter?

To put it bluntly, do you need a cover letter at all?

Not if it's like elevator music. You know, "I'm applying for the job and here's my beverage sales representative resume."

Make it personal and start your cover letter with the hiring manager's name.

Connect by showing you understand the needs of the position.

Make a value proposition by proving how you'll help.

This shortened sample sales representative cover letter nails it:

Sales Representative Cover Letter Example

Pfizer's mission to be the premier innovative pharmaceutical company has always wowed me. I find breakthrough drugs like Lorlatinib and Bavencio incredibly..

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There are thousands upon thousands of resume templates out there, just waiting for you to use.

You need just one, and it needs to be professional, just like you.

Not to worry!

Together with my pleasant and personable peer, Luiza, we journeyed far and wide across the internet in our search. Some are ours, some are theirs, but all of them are the best of the professional resume templates out there.


Cascade by Uptowork

Want to save time and have a professional resume ready in 5 minutes? Try our resume builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you'll get tips and right vs. wrong examples while writing your resume. See 20+ resume templates and create your resume here.

This is one of the pro favorites here at Uptowork - the Cascade professional resume template created using our resume maker.

Use the artfully-crafted bar graph for your skills and language sections. Put that sidebar to use to fit more in your limited space. It’s got subtle shading differences in the green (or whichever color you choose) but distinct black and white in the text for readability.


Dozens of color combinations make this pleasing resume template an instant hit with candidates and recruiters alike. Cascade is included along with many others in our resume builder. With our resume builder, you can create a professional resume simply and quickly.


A Delicate Touch


Le Colibri Creations over at Etsy brings us their “Emma” professional cover letter and resume templates. It’s modern and minimal, but you still get to fit all the important bits in there. The sidebar has a subtle gray background to make your info pop, while the remaining sections have subtitles enclosed in the same, elegant shade.

Here’s the link to this professional template, which comes with a fonts package, 1-page and 2-page resume templates, cover letter, and a help file in both English and French. This template is one of the best in part because it’s quite modern. Check out other contemporary ones: Modern Resume Templates & 18 Examples [A Complete Guide]

By the way, worried about how many pages should a resume be? No need, we’ve got the right guides for you:


Bordered Basic

The “Light Resume Template” by Gilang Tito Dharmawan is like a modern revamp of the traditional classic resume. Black and white are the key colors here, and the top-down layout is probably familiar to older job hunters, but the rest is all contemporary. A right-side profile picture can be included, and the dates for your education and experience are neatly separated from the items they describe.

Here’s the link to this template for resumes on Behance, available as a download for Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.


File Folder

Jpixel55’s pro resume template has the subtle design of that old-school manila file folder, a perfectly slick way to hand in all your details to the hiring manager. Split into three, evenly-spaced columns, you’re given plenty of real estate to pitch your candidacy.

Here’s the link to this template on Behance, available to download for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word.


Elegantly Easy

Here’s another professional resume template from Jpixel55, and another winner, for sure. Like the last one, the styling is subtle and toned down, but classy in its minimalism. The bottom border’s color is used to accentuate your skill.

Here’s the link to this template on Behance, available to download for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word. Simple doesn’t have to mean uninspired and boring. Check out our curated list of simple resume templates: Simple Resume Templates: 15 of the Easiest Resume Examples to Use


Cubic by Uptowork


Cubic’s one of ours, a clean, elegant take on what we believe makes a perfectly professional resume template.

The top header is reserved simply for your name and profession title to stand out, while the right-hand sidebar switches it up from the sea of left-hand sameness. Filled-in circles for your languages and skills allow you to showcase your expertise in style.

Cubic is included along with many others in our resume builder. With our resume builder, you can create a resume simply and quickly.


Facile Familiarity

This 4-page (!) resume template by The Resume Parlor feels like a contemporary redesign of the old faithful. The full-width header has plenty of space for your name and title to stand out, while the 2-column body is just what you expect nowadays.

Here’s the link to this template package, which comes with a fonts pack, cover letter template, reference page template, and a professional resume template in both A4 and US Letter sizes.


Clean & Compact


“Resume/CV” can be found on Creative Market by seller UX-Group which they describe as a “bold, dynamic and professional resume template designed to make an impression.” And that’s hard to disagree with.

It is a resume template that is clean and minimal, and the white space here is perfect for scannability and guiding the hiring manager’s eyes to the important bits. An elegant font (also included) has been chosen that works well with the overall aesthetics of this resume layout.

Here’s the link to this pro template for resumes, business cards, and cover letters, in both A4 and US letter sizes, available as a download for Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. Being creative on a resume like this one is tough, but our guide and examples make it easy: Creative Resume Templates (15+ Examples & Complete Guide]


Bolder Borders

White Graphic’s “Clean Resume Template 4 Pages” is a new one for 2018. Bold black borders the entire resume, and the varying 1-column to 3-column layout allows you to prioritize what’s important.

Here’s the link to this template on Behance, available to download for Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Word.


Simply Scandinavian

The “Resume Template / CV” by Nordic Designs is just as their company name suggests, and the Scandinavians are experts at minimalistic creativity. A minimalist professional resume template with two columns, this one showcases your name and title at the top in the center before delving into your work history, accomplishments, and achievements.

Here’s the link to this template on Creative Market, which is fully customizable in Microsoft Word. It comes with a two-page resume draft and a matching cover letter template. For more of the best resume templates we’ve found around the web, see: Best Resume Templates: 15 Examples to Download & Use Right Away


A Professional Pitch

Basic Creations offers up their “3 Page Resume Template,” which is split into thirds, each with a different background color. The sidebar is perfect for listing your contact info, skills, and education, while the main content area is ideal for your experience section and the resume summary or objective. Oh, and it can be rotated with a horizontal resume template included, as well.

Here’s the link to this resume template on Creative Market, which comes in DOCX, IDML and INDD formats with extra icons in editable EPS files and PNG files.


Modern Musings

Broductive offers up a clean resume design with this one. While it may just be black and white, its style and layout really set it apart from others. A gorgeous header fans out from a central logo of your initials, while the remainder of the pro template for resumes is split into an even two columns.

Here’s the link to this template from Creative Market, available to use with Microsoft Word or Adobe InDesign.


Vibes by Uptowork


“Vibes” is one of ours, and it definitely has some of the most professional features out on the resume-writing market.

A very well-designed resume template, it has the full-width header for your name, title, and heading statement. A left-hand sidebar promotes your skills and achievements as bar graphs. Square icons make it easy for the hiring manager to locate each unique resume section.

Vibes is included along with many others in our resume builder. With our resume builder, you can create a resume simply and quickly.


An Executive Resume Template

This “modern resume template” is from the Comely Design Studio on Etsy. This template just screams “executive material,” and the blue and gold accents add a vintage touch to this contemporary design. A neat, two-column layout separates your short-form content from your longer information.

Find this top-notch professional resume example through this link to Etsy. Basic templates for resumes like this one don’t have to sacrifice quality. Check out more of them: Basic Resume Templates (15+ Examples to Download & Use Now)


Segmented Sections


This creative one comes from TNS Design, and it uniquely features each resume section in its own separate block, with a border around, and a bold black border framing the entire document. You have plenty of space to talk about your achievements and experience, especially with the 2-page resume template that’s included.

Here’s the link to this template at Behance, and it comes as a 2-page resume template for professionals in both Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word compatibility.

Nothing is more professional than being concise. See great one-pagers here: One-Page Resume Template: 15 Examples to Download and Use Now

Key Takeaway

Creating a professional resume is more than just drafting up your skills and experience on a standard template.

Hopefully, you’ll turn in a professional resume template you’re proud of with one of these examples we’ve included here.

Do you have any questions on how to write a professional resume? Not sure how to describe your skills or achievements in a professional way? Give us a shout in the comments below and we will answer your question. Thanks for reading!

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You’re about to see a gallery packed with amazing student resume templates that’ll help you land your next job.

When you’re writing a resume as a student, you don’t necessarily have as much professional experience as some of your competition.

That’s why you need a perfect resume design.

Whether you’re looking for a part-time gig, a summer internship, or your first job after graduating, you can use the templates below to impress every recruiter with your modern, elegant, creative, or professional resume layout.

Sometimes that’s all it takes to get your foot in the door.

Ready? You’re in for a treat!


Cascade by Uptowork

Want to save time and have your resume ready in 5 minutes? Try our resume builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you'll get tips and right vs. wrong examples while writing your resume. See 20+ resume templates and create your resume here.

This is one of our pride-and-joys here at Uptowork—the universal Cascade resume template makes for a stunning student resume.

Check out the nifty bar graph for your skills and language sections. Also, a sidebar! Not to mention its subtle shading of the navy blue column. Text? Extra readable, black on white.

Dozens of color combinations make this student resume template an instant hit. This template is included when you create a resume in our builder, along with many others.

Before we continue, are you sure you wrote the best possible student resume and you’re simply looking for a template to show it off?

Stay on the safe side and read this beast of a guide: High School and College Student Resume Writing Guide

By the way, if you need a high school resume for college admissions and scholarships, we’ve got you covered: How to Write a Scholarship Resume

Writing an academic resume or CV to pursue your scholarly career? Complete Academic CV Writing Guide


Personal Branding

Julia Miceli’s “Personal Branding” available on Behance will make a tremendous college student resume template for an internship. Lively colors show enthusiasm and energy; the resume design is dynamic and unique.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Personal Promo

Another example of a good resume template for a college student— Behance’s Tibor van den Brink’s “Personal Resume & Promotion.” This one’s got the right balance between creativity and formality. Suitable for both relaxed and more conventional job applications.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Uniquely Professional

One of the finest college resume templates out there. Designed by This Paper Fox Studio, it’s clear and legible thanks to the popping section titles, plus, it makes great use of white space, giving recruiters’ eyes some well-deserved rest.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


“Balanced” MS Word Resume Template

Available in the MS Word templates gallery, this one’s a perfect example of a clean, basic resume template for high school students. Tiny icons at the top make the contact information section stand out. All entries in the Experience and Education sections are neat and easily read.

Here’s the link to this student resume template in Word.


Colorfully Current

“Project CV” by Mohammed Tayeh is the complete package: it’s a great, college or high school resume template. It also offers a matching student cover letter template and, to beat that, it is available to download and edit as a Microsoft .DOCX document or for Adobe.

Here’s the link.

For more free college student resume templates for Microsoft Word, see this gallery: Free Resume Templates for MS Word


Neat and Balanced

Offered by Resume Boulevard on Etsy, “Modern Resume Template,” will make a great template for a student resume with no experience. Skills and Expertise sections are well presented and will surely grab every recruiter’s eye right off!

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Crisp by Uptowork

Another of our favorites here at Uptowork—the clean Crisp resume template made using our resume builder.

It’s got a left-hand sidebar, but a full-width header area up top for your name, title, and all-important resume summary or objective. In the skills and language sections, colored circles detail your level of each. Icons precede each resume section for a modern feel.

It uses a white background, black text, and a color of your choice for heading titles, or reverse that, if you wish, with many color combinations to choose from for this modern resume template. This template is included when you create a resume in our builder, along with 20+ others.


Clean and Minimalist

One of the best-looking resumes, don’t you think? This “Minimal Resume / CV / Curriculum Vitae with 7 Pages” by Egotype is at once modern and classic: your student resume will surely benefit from the minimalist design, easy-to-find contact info, and subtle color palette.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


“Student” Resume Template in MS Word

It looks almost like a typical, simple resume template in Word. Exactly—almost. The shade in the header and little icons marking each section make it eye-catching and super legible. This one’s perfect for a student resume as well as an academic CV.

Here’s the link.


Jansen’s Temptation


Another one on our list is a free student resume template created by Paul Jansen. This one has icons on top of icons, with large graphics highlighting the headings of each different section, while smaller ones identify your interests, personal info, and languages spoken. It’s colorful yet professional. A good choice for high school resumes.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Free Neat & Premium

“Free Neat & Premium Resume Template Design” is available as a download for Adobe Illustrator, as the title implies, absolutely for free. It’s got bold styling and casts your name in the spotlight to help you stand out from the rest of the resume stack.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Nanica by Uptowork

Nanica is another one of ours—it allows space on the left side to serve as a timeline for the work and education sections while the full-width area for your heading statement allows you to grab the recruiter’s attention with a captivating resume summary or resume objective. Will work great as a resume template for college admissions, as well as your first resume for a regular job.

Nanica is included along with many others in our resume builder. With our resume builder, you can create a resume simply and quickly.


Creative Simplicity

Another free resume template for students, designed by Fernando Baez and available on Behance. The text is laid out in two columns which saves space and allows you to make a one-page resume with ease.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.


Colors Speak Louder

Last but not least, this amazingly creative resume template by Tom Perry. It’s a great college freshman resume template—it shows your creativity and energy and lets you emphasize your skills and expertise, taking some pressure off of your work history.

Here’s the link to this student resume template.

Key Takeaway

A good student resume design is what can make you stand out from the crowd of other applicants and make up for your lack of extensive work experience.

Now you can pick your favorite student resume template from the list above, download it with a single click and have a resume that gets every reader hooked.

Just remember to make your resume match the type of position for which you’re applying. For creative, relaxed roles, you can go for a fancy, colorful resume. If you’re aiming a more traditional position, choose one of the more basic, two-to-three-colors templates.

Which of the templates we’ve shown above do you like best? Maybe you’ve got your own cool student resume templates you’d like to showcase? Let us know in the comments! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Accountants are no strangers to hard work. In fact, they're practically neighbors.

Multiply that by 1.397 million accounting jobs and job growth at 11% per year, and you've hit the jackpot, right?

Why worry about your accounting resume?

Because there are too many bad accountant jobs out there. You want high pay, a great work environment, and benefits through the roof.

For that job, you need a resume as unique as Indiana Jones' whip and ten times as trustworthy.

This guide will show you:

  • An accounting resume example better than 9 out of 10 other resumes.
  • How to write an accountant resume that lands more interviews.
  • Tips and examples of how to put skills and achievements on an accounts receivable resume.
  • How to describe your experience on a resume for accounting to get any job you want.

Here's a sample resume for an accounting position made using our resume builder.

Want to save time and have your resume ready in 5 minutes? Try our resume builder. It’s fast and easy to use. Plus, you'll get tips and right vs. wrong examples while writing your resume. See 20+ resume templates and create your resume here.

Accounting Resume Example - See +20 resume templates and create your resume here


What's the Best Format for an Accounting Resume?

What trait defines a great accountant?

They see the details like no-one else.

Your professional accountant resume must shout that from the rooftops.

So, use the chronological resume format. It gets your ducks in a row and shows your most recent wins first.

That's crucial, since most resumes get only six seconds with the hiring manager.

Accountants also need great presentation skills.

Show yours with the best resume fonts, big headings, and plenty of white space.

Last, save it as a PDF unless the job offer says not to. A public accounting resume in Word format can devalue in transit. If it's hard to read, the hiring manager will award that juicy job to someone else.

Pro Tip: Not a layouts whiz? Put a shout-out on Facebook for help with your accounts payable resume. You're probably one degree of separation from someone who can give expert design tips.

Want to do due diligence on all the format options for a tax accountant resume? See our guide: 3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]


How to Write a Resume Summary or Resume Objective

Oh no.

The hiring manager just clicked delete.

Your great accounting resume is gone forever.

But there's a clear path to a brighter outcome, where you make six figures and get buckets of free time.

How can you make that outcome a reality?

With a resume for accounting that grabs the manager's attention like a fat tax break.

That starts with a resume summary or a resume objective.

Use a resume summary if you've got spreadsheets full of experience. A summary shows the best of it in capsule form.

Use a resume objective if the ink on your CPA exam still smudges. It will show your drive and passion when you lack experience.

The bottom line for either? Stuff them with accomplishments.

The senior accounting resume examples below show how.

Accounting Resume Examples [Resume Summaries]

These two senior accounting manager resume examples are as unalike as assets and liabilities:


CPA, CMA, seeking position at high-end firm. Skilled in account reconciliation, IT skills, and financial reporting. Have worked closely with cross-functional teams to improve the accounting process.

That's not as bad as an audit letter, but remember, you need to stand out.

This senior accountant resume summary does just that:


Results-driven senior CPA and CMA with 8 years' experience at Amex and Cisco. Seeking to leverage proven skills in account reconciliation and IT for Goldman Sachs. Enhanced Amex's cloud-computing practices to save 800 department hours per year. Found recurring issue that saved $2.5 million annually.

That's better than a tax-free gift.

But what if your experience is more like a new account? If that's you, see the entry-level accountant resume examples below.

Two Entry-Level Accounting Resume Objectives

Still a junior accountant? Writing an accounting internship resume?

The experts used to say, lead with passion in a resume objective:


Junior accountant seeking entry-level accounting position. No actual on-the-job experience yet in the accounting world, but I'm very eager to learn. I've got great interpersonal skills.

That's as generic as an uncompleted balance statement.

But with a few details, suddenly you've got a junior accountant resume objective like this:


Enthusiastic entry-level accountant. Prepared 15 tax returns in the past six months. Consulted to local convenience store as CPA. As part-time volunteer accountant at nearby animal shelter, identified $6,000 cost savings that saved the lives of 500 dogs and cats.

Show me the money, right? That entry-level accounting resume example will earn a treasure-trove of interviews.

Where can you get that kind of experience when you're still as green as U.S. currency?

I'll show expert tips for that, up next.

Our resume builder (you can create your resume here) will give you tips and examples on how to write your resume summary or any other section. You can easily copy them straight into your resume - it will save you a ton of time.

Inside Uptowork's resume tool you will find tips and examples for your resume.

Pro Tip: Suffering from writer's block? Save the staff accounting resume objective or summary for last. Once your resume is finished, the summary will almost write itself.

Need to write an accountant resume summary or objective that stands out like Olympic gold? Want help summarizing your accounts payable resume? See our guides: How To Write A Resume Summary: 21 Best Examples You Will See and +20 Resume Objective Examples - Use Them on Your Resume (Tips)


How to Describe Your Accounting Experience

Picture a CEO.

Her name is Michelle.

She's got a skyline view and 300+ accountant resumes to dig through.

What will make your accounts payable resume leap off the page like it's wrapped in $100 bills?


But there's a science for how to show experience on a resume for an accountant.

First, read the job ad carefully. Highlight any qualities it's looking for.

Second, dredge your past for accomplishments that prove those qualities.

Third, cast them in bullet points, with your last job first.

The staff accountant resume examples below will illustrate.

Accounting Resume Examples [Experience]

These financial accounting resume examples show best practices:


American Express

Senior CPA


  • Supported general accounting functions for monthly close process.
  • Improved use of cloud computing best practices to enhance data security and save 800 hours per year, saving the department $800,000 annually.
  • Identified a company-wide issue that saved $2.5 million per year.

Wow. The CEO just dropped her copy of Profit First right in her Buddha bowl. She can't wait to schedule the interview.

But whatever you do, don't make this financial resumes mistake:


American Express

Accounting Executive


  • Supported general accounting functions for monthly close process.
  • Integrated cloud-computing with account reconciliation process.
  • Responsible for journal entry preparation.
  • Coordinated recording of month-end activity.

That's like saying, "I took the CPA exam." Okay, but did you pass?

Where are the metrics? What company goals did you help meet?

Writing your first resume with no experience to draw from? The next two staff accounting resume examples light the way.

How to Write a Resume for Accounting with no Experience

Don't have experience? I can almost guarantee you've got enough for a solid entry-level accounting resume.

The best part? You can get more fast, like this:

  • Volunteer.
  • Do some freebie work for friends.
  • Job shadow.
  • Look for freelance accountant jobs online
  • List transferable accounting tasks from non-accountant jobs.

We're not talking about a year of work. Just one or two days can be enough to give a junior accounts receivable resume a solid footing.

The two accounting assistant resume examples below show how.

Two Entry-Level Accounting Resume Samples [No Experience]

This first sample accountant resume clip goes broke:


Accounting Experience: Have yet to work as a business accountant.

Other Experience:

  • Volunteer
  • Bartender

That's like an overdrawn account.

To land superior interviews, your accounting assistant resume sample needs details:


Freelance Accountant


  • Managed all QuickBooks operations for a thriving restaurant.
  • Prepared 20 tax returns for couples and individuals.
  • Worked as CPA consultant to local convenience store.
  • Filled in as volunteer accountant for county animal shelter.

That's no run-of-the-mill resume for accounting. That entry-level applicant might have the skills to take down Al Capone.

Pro Tip: Focus your accounts payable resume on metrics you've improved. Not sure what to cite? See this article on Key Performance Indicators.

Don't let the hiring manager write you off. Sweeten your tax accountant resume with action words. See our guide: +80 Examples of Resume Action Words for Every Profession


Is Your Education Section Going Bankrupt? It Might Be

Good news!

The CEO just called. She wants to interview you.

What made up her mind? The education section in your accountant resume.

Is that even possible?

It is, if you pack your education section with details that match the job.

Start with:

  • College Name and Location
  • Years in School
  • Degree

Then add academic achievements that fit the job like debits to credits.

The staff accounting resume examples below paint the picture.

Accounting Resume Examples [Education]

Both these sample accounting resume sections target the same job. It requires a knowledge of business accounting and leadership potential.



Michigan State University, 2012–2016

  • Concentration in accounting
  • Excelled in business accounting classes
  • Received the Student Leadership and Service Award

Those are Deloitte-level accounting resume keywords. Plus, they fit the job offer.

That's not the case with the next of our staff accountant resume examples.



Michigan State University, 2012–2016

  • Completed all core coursework
  • GPA 3.1

That's more generic than a QuickBooks template, and it won't work half as well.

But add those details back, and you're on track for a career with PwC again.

Academic achievements matter even more in an accounting student resume.

Pro Tip: Learn as much as possible about the hiring manager or CEO. That'll help you pick accomplishments that match. A little research now can pay off like Apple stock from 1980.

Should you list your school name first, or your degree? Can you leave off your GPA? Find these and other answers for your cost accountant resume. See our guide: How to Put Your Education on a Resume [Tips & Examples]


How to Put Skills on a Resume for Accounting

Remember our CEO, Michelle?

If you convince her that you've got the skills she needs, you're on your way to being fully vested.

So, how do you convince her?

First, know what skills she needs. (She put them in the job ad.)

Second, prove your skills. That means showing how you've used them for maximum return.

The two accounting resume examples below disclose the right and wrong. They're for a job offer that values Accounting IT Skills, Account Reconciliation, and Account Analysis.

Accounting Resume Examples [Skills]

This sample payroll accounting resume clipping is overvalued:


Accounting Skills: Account reconciliation, IT, financial statements, asset management, payroll, profit and loss, critical thinking, automation, accounts receivable, interpersonal skills, account analysis, communication, house painting...

That's the CPA resume equivalent of a junk bond fund.

What's wrong with listing all your skills? It's too hard for Michelle to find the ones she needs. Your interview will evaporate like an abused discretionary fund.

So, focus on the one shown in the job description. Then prove you are the Warren Buffett of those qualities.

  • Key accountant, Cisco global team month-end close process.
  • Through account analysis, identified opportunities to reduce certain variable costs by 15%, saving the company $1.5 million annually.
  • Worked with cross-functional teams to leverage cloud automation of account reconciliation process. Saved an estimated 1,000 hours per year.

Those aren't just accounting resume skills. That's Arthur Blank before he hit it big.

Need an accountant skills list to get started? Use the ones below.

List of Skills to Put on Accounting Resume

This accounting resume skills list will kick start your job hunt. They make great accounting resume keywords too.

Source more in accounting job descriptions on the web.

Accounting Resume Skills

Accounting Resume Skills

Soft Skills

Hard Skills

Hard Skills

Critical Thinking

Financial Statements


IT Skills

Asset Management

Payroll Taxes

Business Knowledge

Account Analysis

Regulatory Filings


MS Office

Revenue Projections

Time Management

Account Reconciliation

State Tax Law



Tax Compliance


Corporate Tax

Tax Returns

Detail Oriented

General Ledger

Profit and Loss




Attention to Detail

Income Tax


Follow the path above, and your resume for accounting jobs will put you on the EY track.

Don't skimp on your IT skills list. Computer skills on resumes are increasingly important for accountants.

Pro Tip: How long should a resume be for accounting? One page? Two? That depends on how experienced you are. For highly skilled applicants, a longer resume is actually better.

Want to turn your tax accounting resume skills section into a going concern? See our guide: +30 Best Examples of What Skills to Put on a Resume (Proven Tips)


How to Show Certifications on a Resume

Picture an airplane without wings or an engine.

That's the same as an accountant who's not certified.

Of course you've got your CPA license. But show it right, or that busy executive may miss it and move on.

Put your certification in three places:

  • After your name
  • In your resume summary or resume objective
  • In a special certifications section

This CPA resume example shows how:

  • CPA
  • CMA

The CPA license is gold on an accountant resume. You can also put it in your job titles.

Certifications look even better on accounting intern resumes.

Other certifications on public accounting resumes? CFA, EA, CIA, CFE, and CISA. Whatever certifications you have, make sure they're relevant to the job opening.

Pro Tip: Writing an accounts receivable resume or accounting assistant resume? In that case, you may need a bookkeeper resume instead.

Need more help with certifications on a resume for accounting? See our guide: How to List Certifications on a Resume: Guide (+20 Examples)


How to Add Other Sections for an Effective Resume

How unique are you?

To really stand out, your accounting resume must show you're more than just a great bean counter.

It has to show you've got six hands and a calculator in each one.

Sound impossible? It's easy. Just add some well-trimmed "other" sections to your resume.

The two staff accountant resume examples below show how.

Accounting Resume Examples [Other Sections]
  • Karaoke
  • Long walks in the woods

That applicant sounds intense. I'm not sure if she's a great accountant, though.

But what about this next accounting manager resume example:

Additional Activities
  • Member, AICPA
  • Volunteer accountant for Glade Valley Humane Society
  • Avid surfer
  • 2017 Scaling New Heights - Spoke on panel about new accounting tech
  • 2015 AICPA CFO Conference - Spoke on panel about the limitations of GAAP
  • 2017 Article on cloud computing and accounting published in AccountingCoach
  • 2016 Appeared in a BeanCounter Podcast episode about Financial Statements

That's as solid as a Swiss Bank. If you can show engagement like that in your CPA resume, you're halfway to getting hired.

"Other" sections are especially helpful with accounting assistant resumes.

Pro Tip: Definitely join a professional association if you haven't already. It's worth it for the networking alone. Plus, it looks great on an accounting manager resume or accounting assistant resume.

Drawing a blank for what "other" sections to include in your accounts payable resume? This guide enumerates the options: Resume Sections to Include on Your Resume: Guide (+20 Examples)


How About a Cover Letter for Accounting?

Why do experts say you don't need a cover letter?

Because most applicants write this kind of accounting cover letter:

"Dear hiring manager. I'm a good CPA. Please read my accounting resume."

So, don't write that cover letter.

Instead, make it personal, passionate, and persuasive.

First, use the hiring manager's name.

Next, show you understand her..

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You need the perfect academic CV.


In the US, academic funding success rates across all age brackets are less than half of what they used to be in 1980.

It’s not much different in other countries all over the world.

Whether you’re applying for a graduate research program, seeking research funding, or aiming at a permanent academic contract, you need to go to greater lengths that any generation before you.

Perhaps the most critical part in any academic application process is writing an academic curriculum vitae that highlights your achievements and shows that you’d be an asset to any educational institution you’re looking to join.

The good news? You’re about to write an academic CV your peers will use to teach students how it’s done.

In this guide, I’m going to show you:

  • A proven academic CV template better than 9 out of 10 other academic CVs.
  • How to structure your academic CV to show off your most relevant achievements.
  • Academic CV tips on how to format your CV to match selection committees’ requirements.
  • Academic CV examples that will dazzle every selection committee.

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What’s the Best Academic CV Template?

Let’s start with the basics.

Your academic CV is not a resume you’d use to apply for a job outside of academia.


What Is an Academic Curriculum Vitae? Curriculum Vitae is Latin for “course of life.” A CV for academic positions is a record of all your academic and professional achievements. Its purpose is to provide academic selection committees with a very detailed overview of your scholarly career. What to Include in an Academic CV?

A good academic CV template should include the following sections, from top to bottom:

  • Contact Information
  • Research Objective or Personal Profile
  • Education
  • Professional Appointments
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
  • Grants and Fellowships
  • Conferences
  • Teaching Experience
  • Research Experience
  • Additional Activities
  • Languages and Skills
  • References

What if you’re at an early stage of your academic career and, for instance, have no teaching experience or fellowships to showcase yet?

Just skip these sections that are not applicable for your CV. Include the remaining ones in the order listed above.

If you’re applying for a scholarship and have been explicitly asked to submit an academic resume, don’t submit a lengthy academic CV, but a shorter document. Want to learn how to do write one? Have a look at our guide: Scholarship Resume (Template & Complete Guide 20+ Examples).

You might have noted that, all over the Internet, there are thousands of recommended academic curriculum vitae templates with differently ordered sections. Why is the one suggested above the best of them?

Because it focuses on what’s most prestigious and competitive. It helps you validate your worth as an academic candidate in a flash.

Here’s some food for thought:

Many applicants choose to put their Teaching and Research Experience sections above Professional Appointments and Publications, but it really makes little sense.


Simply because getting a regular academic contract or getting published in a peer-reviewed journal is harder to achieve and more competitive than just teaching or doing research.

Pro Tip: There’s no page-count limit for a CV for an academic. Make it as long as it needs to be to show your whole career path. Even if it means double-digit page count.

Alright, so you’ve seen the full checklist of all the necessary sections for your CV. Now, let’s break down how to structure the content of each section to best highlight your achievements and skills.

1. Contact Information

Pretty obvious, right? The header of your academic curriculum vitae has to include your full contact information.

In the contact information section, enter your:

  • Full name,
  • Professional title and affiliation,
  • Institutional address,
  • Your home address,
  • Email,
  • Telephone number,
  • LinkedIn profile (optional).

Pro Tip: When writing an academic CV for humanities, the common practice is to put the words “Curriculum Vitae” below your full name.

In technical or business academic fields, adding a link to your LinkedIn profile in your contact information section is strongly recommended.

Whether or not you include your LinkedIn profile, expect the selection committee to thoroughly research your online presence. Want to know how to make sure they’re going to like what they see? Check out our guide: How to Check Your Online Presence Before Recruiters Look You Up

2. Research Objective or Personal Profile

What’s the difference between these two?

Research objective on a CV for academic purposes is a brief, concise paragraph in which you outline your research plans.

A personal profile gives a summary of your academic background and your best achievements.

And which one to choose?

Go for research objective if you’re writing an academic research CV. For instance, if you’re applying for graduate research programs or for a research grant.

True, you’ve already discussed them at length in a separate document describing your research goals—but you still need to reiterate them on your academic curriculum vitae.


Because, more often than not, selection committees look at your academic CV before they start reviewing other application documents.

If your CV begins with a research objective, it’s a surefire way to immediately catch the selection committee’s attention—to make them eager to read on and learn more about your career background.

How to write it? Have a look.

Here’s a sample research academic CV objective:

Example of an Academic CV for PhD Application—Research Objective

MA student in Journalism and Social Communication at Anytown University, made the Dean’s List for three consecutive years, seeking to leverage two study abroad experiences and a semester-long research internship to undertake postgraduate research regarding the evolution of socialist mass-media in mid-twentieth-century Eastern Europe.

Wow, right? That’s one hell of a PhD CV objective.

Looking for a permanent academic contract? In your academic lecturer CV, put a personal profile below your contact information.

Just like your academic CV research objective is a synopsis of your full research objective, an academic CV personal profile should summarize your personal statement.

See this example of an academic CV personal profile:

Sample Academic CV Personal Profile

Proactive lecturer and researcher with 10+ years of experience teaching courses on undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Supervised 22 BA theses, 9 MA theses, and 2 PhD dissertations. Edited and co-authored 3 monographs on contemporary trends in psychology and psychoanalysis. Published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

What makes this example so great?

Above all, that it’s super specific. It includes proof of this candidate’s academic prowess and a lot of verifiable achievements.

Right, so you’ve started your academic curriculum vitae with a bang. The decision makers are hooked.

What’s next?

3. Education

If you’re targeting an academic post, this section is the meat and potatoes of your CV.

Here’s how to turn it into châteaubriand with dauphinoise:

List all your postsecondary degrees in reverse chronological order. Start with the most recent one, follow it with the previous one, and then the one before it.


  • Year of completion or expected completion (no starting dates)
  • Degree type
  • Your major
  • Your minors, if applicable
  • Your department and institution
  • Your honors
  • Dissertation/Thesis Title and Advisor

Pro Tip: Don’t spell out “Doctor of Philosophy” or “Master of Arts.” It makes you come across pretentious. You can choose to omit the full stops in “Ph.D.” or “M.A.” Just remember to be consistent throughout your CV.

See a properly written sample academic curriculum vitae education section:

Education on an Academic CV—Example

2017 MA in French

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Graduated summa cum laude

Thesis title: “The Lesbianism of Marcel Proust: An Analysis of the Traits of Female Queer Culture in In Search of Lost Time”

Thesis supervisor: Professor George Swan

Want to learn more about the reverse chronological format of a CV or resume? See our dedicated guide: Chronological Resume Template & 20+ Examples [Complete Guide]


That’s how it’s done. Now, for the next section.

4. Professional Appointments

If you’ve already had these, put them right below your education section.

That way, the selection committee members will immediately know what institutions you’ve cooperated with so far. It’s pretty important in the academia, right?

In your professional appointments section, include:

  • Your position
  • Your institution
  • Dates worked
  • Brief description of your responsibilities

Contrary to what the above list might suggest, try to avoid using bullet points on an academic curriculum vitae. I can’t stress it enough: it’s not a resume!

Take a look at this example of an academic CV Professional appointments section.

Sample Academic CV Professional Appointments Section

Douglas Kelly Professor of Art History

University of Wisconsin, 2012-2017

Taught a total of 18 undergraduate and 9 postgraduate courses, mainly focused on contemporary conceptual art, as well as photography, and performance. Supervised 12 MA theses. Member of the Postgraduate Studies Board from 2014 to 2017.

Note, in the professional appointments section on your postdoc academic CV, include only contracted academic positions.

If you’ve got no such posts under your belt, don’t list part-time university gigs, or T.A. positions in this section. Let’s face it, these are not mightily impressive—every PhD-level scholar has had them, right?

Instead, follow with…

5. Publications

Divide them into two sections: Peer-reviewed Publications and Other Publications. List the former first—a no-brainer, isn’t it?

Then, divide your peer-reviewed publications into further subcategories in the following order:

  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Contributions to edited volumes equivalent to peer-reviewed journals

All other publications go into, well… “Other Publications” section.

Pro Tip: When listing your publications, choose one bibliography style (MLA, APA or Chicago) and stick to it throughout your academic CV. Not sure which one to choose? Check the website of the institution you’re applying to and see what citation style they use.

6. Awards and Honors

This is where you can show off your trophy case.

List all awards and honors you’ve received in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the award, the year when you got it and the institution that presented you with it.

Writing how much $$$ exactly you received is optional. The rule of thumb is: if you’re in arts or humanities, don’t include it. For business or scientific CVs, it’s more common.

7. Grants and Fellowships

Why is this section important?

Because it proves that your research so far has been innovative and valuable enough to attract funding. It's particularly important nowadays, due to the planned cuts in federal science funding.

As with awards and honors, list your grants and fellowships chronologically descending. Enter the year span and the funding institution’s name. Again—disclosing the exact amount of funding you received is field-specific.

8. Conferences

Divide this section into three subsections:

  • Invited talks—those you presented at other institutions
  • Campus talks—those that you did at your institution’s campus
  • Conference participation—conferences you participated in but gave no lecture
9. Teaching Experience

This one’s a bit tricky, because it’s not synonymous with “Professional Appointments” section I’ve discussed above.

In the Teaching Experience section on your academic curriculum vitae, include the TA courses you’ve taught. List all the courses taught if you’ve had less than 10 of these.

But if you’re an experienced scholar and your academic CV Appointments section truly shines, feel free to only list the institutions in which you’ve been a Teaching Assistant along with the dates you TAed.

Targeting a teacher’s career? You’ll need a perfect resume. For some great teacher resume examples, see our guides: Teacher Resume: Sample & Complete Guide [20+ Examples] or Teaching Assistant Resume: Sample and Complete Guide [20+ Examples]

10. Research Experience

This is where you list all your academic research posts. As per usual—enter them in reverse chronological order.

If you’re experienced—limit your research or lab positions to the following:

  • Full-time Researcher
  • Research Associate
  • Research Assistant

Little research experience? On an academic CV for masters application, or other academic CV for graduate student, list even the smallest research projects in which you’ve participated.

11. Additional Activities

Everything that doesn’t fit into the above sections goes here.

What do I mean by this?

Have a look at some examples of academic CV additional activities entries:

  • Non-academic jobs
  • Extracurricular university activities
  • Service to profession
  • Media coverage

Pro Tip: If your academic CV is particularly extensive (above 8 pages), you don’t have to list any of the above activities. Do so only if they’re really breathtakingly impressive.

12. Languages and Skills

Pretty straightforward, right?

List all the languages you know well enough to read academic texts in them. Indicate your level of proficiency using the following phrases:

  • Native/bilingual
  • Fully proficient
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Can read with a dictionary

Any language of which you only have some very basic understanding is left off.

Putting skills on an academic CV is optional. It might come across as unprofessional. In general, do it only if you’re in a technical or scientific field.

13. References

The final section of a well-organized academic CV template is the References.

List your references vertically. Include:

  • Full name and title
  • Traditional mail address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

Yup, you have to include the snail mail address, although, let’s face it, nobody will ever use it. It’s just one of those peculiarities of academic praxis.

Don’t add any narrative to your references, unless you’re creating an academic curriculum vitae for an undergrad student. If so—give a brief explanation of your academic relationship with a given reference.

And there you have it! A complete academic CV template.

But hold up a sec. Before you start writing yours, check out some general academic CV tips on formatting.

And yes, this matters a lot. Academic decision makers can be very picky when it comes to seemingly unimportant details.


How to Format an Academic CV?

Think about this:

Academic selection committees have to review thousands of applications for each post, scholarship, or grant they’re offering.

Whether you’re writing an academic CV for graduate school, an academic research CV, or even applying for college, you’ll be facing a lot of competition.

What does it mean for you?

That you need to choose a clear, legible academic CV format.

One that’ll make all the key details information about your career easy to skim for the decision makers.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Use one inch margins for all four sides of your CV

That way, your CV will look good once it’s printed on white paper.

2. Be consistent with your font

Choose one font type and size and stick to it throughout your CV. Go for 11 or 12pt. Use 14 to 16 pt for your name at the top and bold for section headings.

Use standard fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman.

Avoid italics of any kind except for journal or book titles (dear Brits, this is about you).

For more on picking a great font for every application document you write, check out our piece: What is the Best Font for a Resume (+10 Examples & Tips)

3. Put double blank line before all headings and one blank line after them.

White space is good for readers. It guides their eyes to all the important parts.

4. Make your CV as long as it needs to be

An academic CV is not a resume. It doesn’t have a page-count limit. It’s supposed to show the detailed course of your academic career.

5. Save your academic CV in PDF

PDF files keep your formatting intact. A word academic CV could look differently on various devices, depending on the software version.

Key Takeaway

The main problem with today’s academic funding is: too many valuable candidates and too little money.

The key to showing you’re the most valuable candidate out there? A well crafted academic CV template. Now you can have one. Just follow our key strategies.

Struggling to put your academic curriculum vitae sections in the right order? Your most competitive and prestigious achievements should always go first.

Start with a brief research objective or a personal profile that shows what your academic career has been about.

Don’t use bullet points and don’t over-explain your academic experience. Be concise and to-the-point.

Use a good academic CV format—make your CV legible, clear, and elegant.

All check? Good luck with your application (though you won’t really need it)!

Do you have any questions on how to make an academic CV that gets you that dream post? Want to share your experiences with writing a CV for academic posts? Give us a shout in the comments and we’ll answer your queries!

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