Sample Resume: Laid-Off Project Manager with Focus on Administrative Support
This chronological resume for Kenneth Baker (not his real name) emphasizes a very steady career progression, and de-emphasizes a recent layoff. Sample Resume for Laid-Off Job Seeker (a new window or tab will open for all sample resume links).
About this sample resume:
After graduating from college Kenneth got an entry-level customer service position at a hardware manufacturer. He liked the administrative side of his work and found that co-workers and his supervisor depended on his organizational and leadership talents, which encouraged him to start focusing on a career in management.
After a year on his first job, he won a position as Clerical Supervisor at a clerical outsourcing agency that served corporate clients. In four years, he was ready to move up the ladder a little more, so he applied for his most recent job as project team leader and administrative assistant at a real estate development firm.
Unfortunately, he just got laid off and is now looking for a new job.
Notice how the richness of his career path is clearly presented in this chronological resume format.
- His job titles very logically support his job objective of project manager with focus on administrative support.
- The diversity of his employers (manufacturing, outsourcing agency, and real estate development) tells a prospective employer this job candidate can handle just about any situation and picks up new industry knowledge easily.
- His leadership abilities create a trail of success stories (as demonstrated by his strong achievement statements in the Experience section) where ever he goes – something a prospective employer clearly wants.
- He's proven to be a loyal and valued employee, having held his jobs for more than the average two-year span for most in this line of work.
- By placing the employment dates immediately after the city and state for each employer (instead of highlighting those dates with a lot of space around them), less attention is drawn to the fact that Kenneth is currently unemployed.
This resume was written in 2010. If Kenneth's unemployment lasts beyond December 31, 2010, he will need to insert a relevant activity (such as a volunteer position, consulting, or professional training) at the top of his Experience section so there will be no apparent gap in his professional life.
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About this author:
Susan Ireland is the author of four job search books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume, now in its 5th edition. For more information about writing your resume, read Susan's books or visit Susan's Website SusanIreland.com. For immediate help with your resume and cover letter, check out Susan's Ready Made Resumes and Cover Letters, an online resume builder to help job seekers quickly create an effective resume. Follow Susan on Twitter @SusanIreland, visit her JobLounge blog, and interact with her on the LinkedIn's JOBS Group (Job Openings, Job Leads and Job Connections!) in her ** Let's Talk Resumes ** featured discussion.