How to Use Resume Samples

Hanne Keiling

Updated October 11, 2021

Published October 7, 2019

Hanne Keiling is a senior digital communications expert with over eight years of experience ideating, executing and launching user-first experiences to achieve business goals. She is a former Indeed editorial team member who helped job seekers be successful on Indeed throughout their job search and into their careers.

Using resume samples can help provide context when creating a resume for a certain job title or industry. They may be useful when drafting your own resume to gain inspiration, tips or to better understand appropriate format, wording or experiences to include.

In this guide, we’ll address what resume samples are, what elements they include and how you can use them to craft or improve your own resume.

What are resume samples?

Resume samples are examples of what a resume might look like in a certain job title or industry. If you’re looking for multiple samples that may be relevant to your field, you can begin by looking at resume samples by industry and then browse different job titles in that category. Because resumes can look different depending on years of experience, it’s useful to see samples for both more junior employees and more senior-level ones.

Resume Format
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Resume Format

  1. Name and contact information

  2. Summary or objective

  3. Professional history
    a. Company name
    b. Dates of tenure
    c. Description of role and achievement

  4. Education

  5. Skills

  6. Optional (Awards & Achievements, Hobbies & Interests)

Instead of copying resume samples directly, use them as inspiration for your resume. These samples are meant to give you ideas from examples of resumes in your industry rather than being a template to follow exactly. Employers can easily tell when resumes have been copied and will quickly be able to learn if you do not have the experiences that are listed on the resume you submit to them. So, make sure your resume is an accurate and honest representation of your skills and experiences.

Related: Browse Resume Samples by Industry

What’s included in a resume sample?

Within each resume sample, you will see these elements:

  • Name and contact information

  • Summary

  • Education

  • Experience

  • Skills

While your resume may have more or fewer categories, these are five standard resume sections across several jobs and industries.

Related: Here's Everything You Should Include on a Resume

How do I use resume samples?

When to use resume samples

There are several circumstances in which using resume samples might be helpful:

  • If you are searching for jobs or exploring different careers, looking at resume samples might help you get a better understanding of day-to-day responsibilities in a given role. It might also clarify what employers might be looking for in candidates for a position.

  • If you are creating a resume, resume samples can help guide you when deciding how to structure your resume, what information to include and how best to effectively explain the value you’ll bring to an employer in a short amount of time.

  • If you are updating a resume, samples are useful for adding skills or experiences relevant to the job you’re seeking.

How to use resume samples

While resume samples may not be useful as an exact template, they can be helpful in providing good examples of what a resume in your industry and job title might look like. You should use them as inspiration, for example, to think of what your version of a summary, professional experience or educations sections might look like.

When creating or updating your own resume with resume samples as a guide, keep the following in mind:

  • Make it simple and easy to read. Resume samples are very simple and straightforward. This is because employers have a minimal amount of time to review your resume, so readability is key. This also means selecting a professional, clean font.

  • Make it brief. You’ll notice that each section of the resume sample is short and to-the-point, including the summary and experience descriptions. Including only the most key and relevant information means employers are able to consume more information about you, and more quickly understand your fitness for the role.

  • Include numbers. You might also notice that there are often metrics included in the experience section of resume samples. This is because employers are highly responsive to measurable proven value, allowing them to more tangibly understand the value you may bring to the position. For example, one bullet point under the experience description for an administrative assistant reads, “Executed processing of vendor contracts and implemented a standardized process, reducing contract discrepancies by 90%.”

Related: How to Write a Resume Employers Will Notice

Resume samples are not meant as an exact template you should use when creating your resume. Rather, they are meant to provide context, general best practices and inspiration to learn more about what a resume might look like in your specific field. After you’ve learned about ways you can improve your resume with resume samples, start building your own resume on Indeed.


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