Resume Template Instructions
How To Use The Home Office Career Resume Template Assistant To Create A Great Personalized Resume
There are 30 templates to help you construct a professional resume that best presents your qualifications. Choose a template that is relevant to the position you desire. Each resume is designed to help you be viewed as a strong candidate for home-office positions, but may be adjusted to traditional employment if you prefer. (There is also a “General” template that you can use if none of the other templates seem right for you. What’s important is that you benefit from these carefully constructed resume templates that can help you make the best application to each work-from-home opportunity you apply for.
While each template is designed for your specific job interest, only you can add the fine touches that fully describe your experiences, accomplishments and special skills. Use the templates to create a unique, positive expression of yourself!
When you are finished inserting your personal information, your resume should be one or (at most) two pages in length. If it is longer, that might be okay, but be aware that employers expect to skim a resume quickly and may not read too much detail. So better to discipline yourself and edit back to the most important experiences and accomplishments.
Important: Have confidence in yourself. Very few of us have all the education or experience or accomplishments under our belts that we’d like, and we may tend to feel we’re not qualified candidates. You may not have worked for some time (for example, years spent raising a family) or you did not complete your education. These are all okay; use them as strengths. For example, if you managed a family, you are probably a master of organization, and know how to get things done!
Okay, let’s get started. What follows is an explanation of each item of your resume. You’ll see that the Resume Templates include each of these; our purpose here is to help you understand what each part of the resume is meant to do for you and why so please take the time to construct a great resume. You’ll be uploading it to your Home Office Careers account so it can accompany each home office or telecommuting job or opportunity you apply for.
Name & Address
Enter your full name, followed by your address, telephone, fax (if you have one) and email address. Be sure the telephone number is one you can easily be reached at, preferably your mobile phone. The email address should be your personal email – never use an employer’s email on a resume or for other personal business.
Job objectives have generally been replaced by the cover letter and are not required on your resume. However, if you wish to use an objective, here are some useful tips.
An objective is a short statement that lets prospective employers know what value you will add to the company and why you are the best candidate for this position. You may want to specify that you are interested in telecommuting / work-at-home opportunities, and you can state whether you are looking to work fulltime, part-time or either.
The example provided on each resume is suggested – edit the statement to best describe your own personal strengths or delete it all together.
Your professional experience will present your career credentials to prospective employers.
Tip: It’s not necessary to list every job or project– just the most recent jobs that best present the kind of experience you want employers to know about. Try to list no more that 4-6 different jobs or assignments, unless you have many short-term projects. If so, keep the descriptions brief so your resume stays within one-two pages.
1st line: List the job, position or assignment, with current or most recent first, and continue to work backward. If appropriate, add the city and state or specify “online” or “home office.”
2nd line: Your title or name of the project.
3rd line: Describe what you did in a few descriptive words. Be sure to include the keywords that the employer will want to see – this provides an assurance that you are qualified.
Tip: Find important keywords in the job description!
Here’s where you get to distinguish yourself and demonstrate that you get things done. List a few of your most important accomplishments. Include certificates, awards or goals you reached that highlight your abilities. Do not list accomplishments that are non-work related unless you believe a personal accomplishment, like something you did for a cause or charity or for your community is something an employer would like to know about you.
Specify the company where the accomplishment occurred, followed by a sentence explaining what you accomplished. Always begin with the most recent accomplishment.
The templates include three accomplishments; add more if needed and follow the same format on the
Here is where you list the education and other training that has prepared you for the work you’d like to do. List your
most recent education or training, followed in chronological order by other education or training.
1st line: College, university or institute (in bold), City, State (or, specify if an online course)
2nd line: Degree or certificate. Specify the major or a description of what you studied. If there are multiple subjects, limit to the one or two most relevant to the job/work you seek.
(No degree – not much formal education? No problem. Indicate your highest level of education and be proud of it!)
Do you have any special skills, such as the ability to speak a foreign language, military experience or specialized training? These can also be included in your resume. However, use caution when listing non-work related activities on your resume. You may be proud of your golf swing, baking prowess or poetry writing, but if it does not support your qualifications for the job you want, leave it out.
References – Yes or No?
It is no longer necessary to say that “references are available upon request” – the employer will know to ask for references if needed. And in many cases, references are not asked for.