Communications Specialist Resume Examples of 2022

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Example #1
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Example #2
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Example #3
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Communications Specialist Text-Only Resume Examples

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Hideo Araki
123 Bridge Street, Boston, MA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Inventive Communications Specialist with 5+ years of experience at startups and small businesses. Expertly coordinate engaging, high-impact internal and external communications for diverse audiences. Committed to continually gaining and applying new professional skill areas.

Professional Experience

Communications Specialist, AZL Inc., Boston, MA | August 2019 to Present

  • Guide production of brochures, infographics, and short-form videos connecting the organization’s mission and services to a wider audience
  • Strengthened company’s social media presence, driving 280% average increase in engagement on all major platforms
  • Improved marketing department’s coordination with sales, operations, and other internal teams

Communications Consultant, SEO Inc., Boston, MA | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Facilitated rapid growth of this startup by helping manage and maintain positive communications with strategic partners

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Communications
Boston College, Boston, MA 

Technical

Microsoft Office Suite (advanced Excel, PowerPoint) | Adobe Creative Suite

Key Skills

  • Communication Systems Improvement
  • Communications Channel Development
  • Concurrent Project Management
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Digital & Social Media Marketing
  • Internal & External Communications
  • Stakeholder Relations Management
  • Strategic Partnerships Development
  • Task Prioritization

Amar Singh
123 Santa Maria, San Francisco, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Resourceful Communications Specialist with 5+ years of advancement and experience. Ready collaborator who builds productive relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders. Expertly balance and prioritize multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced corporate environment.

Professional Experience

Communications Specialist, RAY Corp., San Francisco, CA | August 2019 to Present

  • Co-develop and execute PR strategies to help position both short- and long-term organization success
  • Member of strategic team that renewed company’s standing as an industry thought leader and innovator
  • Provided expert project management, driving 100% attainment of deadlines and milestones

Communications Specialist, M. Henderson Corp., San Francisco, CA | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Member of team that set new marketing mission and core strategy, inspiring better communication, and more active collaboration on shared goals

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – English
University of California, Berkeley, CA

Key Skills

  • Communication Systems Improvement
  • Communications Channel Development
  • Concurrent Project Management
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Digital & Social Media Marketing
  • Industry Thought Leadership
  • Internal & External Communications
  • Stakeholder Relations Management
  • Strategic Partnerships Development
  • Task Prioritization

Allison Rosenberg
123 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Focused and strategic Communications Specialist with 5+ years of advancement and experience in the nonprofit sector. Expertly coordinate engaging, high-impact internal and external communications for diverse audiences. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Professional Experience

Communications Specialist – Public Health, LBW Research Center, San Diego, CA | August 2019 to Present
Well-respected nonprofit focused on researching and mitigating issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Orchestrate various community outreach efforts to promote awareness of key public health topics
  • Increased leadership team’s influence by forging strategic partnerships with several state government agencies
  • Introduced better training materials for new hires, contributing to an 11-point gain in staff retention

Communications Specialist, NVB University Institute, San Diego, CA | June 2017 to July 2019

  • Launched a popular monthly newsletter providing affiliates with valuable updates on the institute’s research findings. Exceeded first-year readership goals by more than 75%

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Communications, Hispanic Studies
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Languages

Fluency in Spanish | Basic proficiency in French

Key Skills

  • Communication Systems Improvement
  • Communications Channel Development
  • Community Outreach
  • Concurrent Project Management
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Digital & Social Media Marketing
  • Internal & External Communications
  • Public Health Messaging
  • Stakeholder Relations Management
  • Strategic Partnerships Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Task Prioritization
  • Training & Mentoring

Tips for Writing a Better Communications Specialist Resume

1. Filter Your Job Details

Setting the right focus for your resume can be a challenge. You’ll have the most success if you follow this two-step filtering process:

Step 1

For each section that you include on your resume (Professional Experience, Education, Certifications), brainstorm and write down any/all positive experiences that come to mind. For example, what projects are you most proud of in your current position? What interesting skills did you learn in that certification program a few years ago? Don’t worry about order or organization for now. The point of this step is to generate a healthy amount of raw material about the career experiences that have meant the most to you.

Step 2

Now that you’ve written everything down, review it one item at a time, answering the same crucial question: Is this relevant to your target job? Taking the earlier example, are your recent project highlights similar to the type of projects you’d manage in your next role? And would you apply the skills you learned in that certification program?

If you answer yes, plan to include that information on your resume. If not, delete the detail or move it to another document, so it’s not part of your current writing process. Don’t be shy about deleting details that are recent or objectively impressive. If they don’t relate to your next position, they don’t need to appear on your resume.

By taking these two steps, you can generate many details about your career that (a) you feel great about and (b) apply to the work you’re seeking. With this new focus, you’ll be in the best position to organize your information into a cohesive and compelling resume.

2. Tell your story

You may have been told to avoid passive phrases like “Responsible for” or “Tasked with” on your resume. But that’s hard to do when you’re unsure what the “active” alternative would be.

For an active tone in your writing, always think in terms of a story describing “characters and their actions.” (For more on this principle, see Joseph Williams’s popular writing book “Style: Toward Clarity and Grace.”) And who’s the primary character of your resume? You, of course. Your resume may contain many details on various jobs and projects, but you should center it all on yourself and your past actions in relation to them. A simple way to make sure you’re doing this: Begin every job description sentence as an “I” statement, then take out the “I” and leave the rest of the phrase on your final resume.

Example:

  • [I] Co-develop and execute PR strategies to help position both short- and long-term organization success
  • [I’m a] Member of strategic team that renewed company’s standing as an industry thought leader and innovator
  • [I] Provided expert project management, driving 100% attainment of deadlines and milestones

3. Include a Profile section

Write a summary of your top qualifications at the top of your resume (under your contact header). This paragraph should briefly describe your overall experience and record of success. It’s also a great place to mention your communication style or other “soft skills.” A profile section allows you to focus the hiring manager’s attention on your unique strengths. Read more: How to Write a Resume Summary in Six Easy Steps

Example:

Focused and strategic Communications Specialist with 5+ years of advancement and experience in the nonprofit sector. Expertly coordinate engaging, high-impact internal and external communications for diverse audiences. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Key Skills Hiring Managers Look for on Communications Specialist Resumes

For an effective communications specialist resume, include a “Key Skills” section that gives the hiring manager a quick overview of your expertise and value. Consider including any of the terms below:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Communication Systems Improvement Communications Channel Development
Community Outreach Concurrent Project Management
Cross-Functional Collaboration Digital & Social Media Marketing
Industry Thought Leadership Internal & External Communications
Public Health Messaging Stakeholder Relations Management
Strategic Partnerships Development Strategic Planning
Task Prioritization Training & Mentoring

Common Action Verbs for Communications Specialist Resumes

It’s easy to get stuck when writing the professional experience section of your resume. You might find yourself running out of action verbs to describe your work. To help you over the hump, we put together this list of strong resume verbs:

Action Verbs
Achieve Clarify
Collaborate Create
Cultivate Customize
Decrease Design
Distribute Engage
Enhance Improve
Increase Launch
Manage Message
Position Promote
Summarize Update

How to Align Your Communications Specialist Resume With the Job Description

When you find a communications specialist job posting that interests you, look closely at the required skills and credentials. Are there any you possess but haven’t featured on your resume yet? If so, consider adding a mention of that experience to your resume.

For instance, say the job is at a nonprofit. If you have recent experience working for a similar nonprofit, include a description of that organization in your Experience section (see Example 3 above). This extra step will make your resume more relevant to the job and more likely to attract the hiring manager’s notice.