Professional Resume Examples and Templates for 2023

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Example #1 Entry-level

Example #2 Mid-career

Example #3 Senior-level

How To Write a Professional Resume

When creating your resume for professional-level positions, use each section to show you have advanced knowledge in your target field. The tips and examples below will help you capture your expertise on your resume so it gets you interviews for your next job.

1. Write a dynamic profile summarizing your qualifications

In a brief paragraph or bullet list, name the three to five main sources of your relevant skill set. These may include your years of related work experience, an advanced education degree, or a rare certification in your field. Also, consider describing your general work style or approach and how that makes you successful. The point of the profile is to quickly impress on employers how you can work at a high level in the open role. (Note, most job seekers find it easier to write their profile last.)

Entry-Level Profile Example


  • Recent internship experience supporting editorial operations of a popular magazine
  • Completing Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University
  • Co-curricular activities include helping write and publish the university’s main campus newspaper
  • Committed to continually gaining and applying new skills
  • Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish

Mid-Career Profile Example


Sales Associate with 7+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Strategist adept at finding new ways to drive growth in competitive markets. Skilled at putting complex technology topics in clear terms for diverse client audiences. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role. Achievements include surpassing activations goals by 20%+ on average for four years.

2. Add a detailed professional experience section

Use the experience section to show your skills in action. Give examples of how you’ve applied your expertise in past positions, and spell out how that helped companies achieve their goals. For example, maybe you used deep product knowledge to improve client relations and grow revenue in a key market. Or you might have introduced a training approach that raised new hires’ morale and performance.

Quantify each achievement in terms of a clear percentage, number, or dollar amount. With a strong experience section, you can help hiring managers envision how you’d add value to their organization.

Mid-Career Professional Experience Example


OZR Mobile Inc., Miami, FL | July 2015 to Present

Senior Sales Consultant (August 2017 to Present)

  • Advanced to manage a larger and more competitive sales territory
  • Address and resolve escalated customer questions and complaints
  • Currently ranked #3 on a 45-person sales team
  • Surpassed activations goal by 18% in 2018, 20% in 2019, and 22% in 2020 and 2021
  • Recently appointed to a leadership role training and coaching new sales hires

Mid-Career Professional Experience Example


Chief Financial Officer, FFF Solutions, Baltimore, MD | December 2017 to Present

  • Guide financial interactions between clients, vendors, and company’s 400+ staff members
  • Focus on finding and pursuing cost-reduction opportunities to help raise the bottom line
  • Oversee financing of large-scale projects

Highlights:

  • Streamlined finance operations, reducing yearly expenses by 18% to date
  • Coordinated financing of a complex $40M equipment purchase

3. Include your education and certifications

View the education and certifications sections as a chance to show your work skills have a strong knowledge base. Consider giving details on your college major, minor, coursework, projects, papers, or clubs and activities if they relate to your target job or industry. These details can be especially useful if your work experience is limited.

Similarly, consider adding a brief description of any training or certificate programs that speak to your relevant expertise.

Below are templates and examples to help you format your education and certification details. Note, optional template areas appear in [brackets].

Education


Template:

Degree Name — [Major, Minor], School Name, City, ST or online | [Year]

[Select Coursework]

[Clubs and Activities]

Example:

Candidate: Bachelor of Arts (BA) – English, Creative Writing, Ohio University, Athens, OH | expected May 2023

Winner, Campus Award for Long-Form Fiction (2022)

Runner-up, Campus Award for Excellence in Poetry (2021)

Select coursework:

  • Children’s fiction
  • Fiction workshopping
  • Poetry and drama
  • Prose and nonfiction
  • Short story writing

Certification


Template:

Certification Name or Title, [Awarding Organization] | [Year]

[Description]

Example:

Service Excellence Certificate, VCU Advanced Solutions | 2023

4. List key skills and proficiencies

Add a key skills section to show the different ways you can apply your expertise. Feel free to include a variety of soft and hard skills, technical skills, or certain products or programs you’re versed in, as long as they all overlap with your target job. The terms you include depend on your circumstances, but below is a list of common ones to help you brainstorm:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Business needs assessment Client satisfaction and retention
Cost reduction and elimination Cross-team collaboration
Efficiency improvement Inventory management
Market strategy development Microsoft Office Suite
Process streamlining Project and program management
Quality assurance Reporting and documentation
Revenue and profit growth Risk management and mitigation
Staff training and development Stakeholder relations
Strategic business development Talent hiring and retention
Task prioritization Team leadership and motivation
Time management Vendor contract negotiations

How To Pick the Best Professional Resume Template

For professional-level jobs, a clear and straightforward resume template is usually best. Opt for a layout that lets the hiring manager quickly review your best career details. Select a traditional resume font, and avoid any template with a colorful or elaborate design. Also, ensure the template complies with applicant tracking systems (ATS) used by employers to screen resumes.

Professional Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Jane Smith
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | Athens, OH 12345 | www.linkedin.com/example

Profile

  • Recent internship experience supporting editorial operations of a popular magazine
  • Completing Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Ohio University
  • Co-curricular activities include helping write and publish the university’s main campus newspaper
  • Committed to continually gaining and applying new skills
  • Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish

Key Skills

  • Efficiency improvement
  • Fact-checking and proofreading
  • Independent research
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Office administration
  • Process streamlining
  • Team collaboration
  • Writing and editing

Internship Experience

Editorial Intern, Regional Floral Magazine, Lancaster, OH | May 2022 to August 2022

  • Helped manage the magazine’s main email account, responding to feedback and providing subscription information as needed
  • Answered and forwarded calls to the appropriate department
  • Maintained and updated subscription rolls
  • Organized meetings and verified sources for reporters

Education

Candidate: Bachelor of Arts (BA) – English, Creative Writing, Ohio University, Athens, OH | expected May 2023
Winner, Campus Award for Long-Form Fiction (2022)
Runner-up, Campus Award for Excellence in Poetry (2021)

Select coursework:

  • Children’s fiction
  • Fiction workshopping
  • Poetry and drama
  • Prose and nonfiction
  • Short story writing

Co-Curricular Activity

Staff Writer, OU News | 2021 to present [Biweekly college newspaper]

  • Provide copy for various sections, including arts, athletics, and editorial
  • Work with photo editors to determine placement with accompanying text

Language

Fluency in Spanish

Aliya Jackson
123 Pine Brook Dr, Miami, FL 12345 | (123) 456-7890 | [email protected]

Profile

Sales Associate with 7+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Strategist adept at finding new ways to drive growth in competitive markets. Skilled at putting complex technology topics in clear terms for diverse client audiences. Equally effective in a leadership or hands-on role. Achievements include surpassing activations goals by 20%+ on average for four years.

Career Highlights

OZR Mobile Inc., Miami, FL | July 2015 to Present

Senior Sales Consultant (August 2017 to Present)

  • Advanced to manage a larger and more competitive sales territory
  • Address and resolve escalated customer questions and complaints
  • Currently ranked #3 on a 45-person sales team
  • Surpassed activations goal by 18% in 2018, 20% in 2019, and 22% in 2020 and 2021
  • Recently appointed to a leadership role training and coaching new sales hires

Sales Consultant (July 2015 to August 2017)

  • Gained strong foundation in client relations
  • Demonstrated new and improved product features to customers
  • Consistently generated 100%+ of sales goals

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Key Skills

  • Account & Territory Management
  • Client Satisfaction & Retention
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Consultative Sales Methods
  • Customer Service & Relations
  • New Client Prospecting
  • Product Demonstration
  • Revenue & Profit Growth
  • Strategic Business Development
  • Team Collaboration

Rachel Racket
(999) 999-9999 | [email protected] | 111 First Avenue, Baltimore, MD 22222

Profile

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with 15+ years of advancement and experience. Draw on broad, deep finance knowledge to make viable budget decisions and set strategies for double-digit growth. Recent highlights include cutting department costs by 18% and financing a $40M equipment purchase.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget Analysis
  • Corporate Change Leadership
  • Cost Reduction & Elimination
  • Cross-Functional Coordination
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Organizational Development
  • Project & Program Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Revenue & Profit Growth
  • Stakeholder Relations Management
  • Strategic Business Planning

Professional Experience

Chief Financial Officer, FFF Solutions, Baltimore, MD | December 2017 to Present

  • Guide financial interactions between clients, vendors, and company’s 400+ staff members
  • Focus on finding and pursuing cost-reduction opportunities to help raise the bottom line
  • Oversee financing of large-scale projects

Highlights:

  • Streamlined finance operations, reducing yearly expenses by 18% to date
  • Coordinated financing of a complex $40M equipment purchase

Senior Accounting Manager, General Industries, Columbia, MD | December 2009 to November 2017

  • Oversaw accounts receivable and inventory purchases, maintaining positive relationships with government clients
  • Led, motivated, and developed 6 midlevel managers
  • Used Sage50 Cloud software to analyze and suggest budget options to CFO

Accounting Officer, SSS Software, Owings Mills, MD | July 2006 to November 2009

  • Analyzed and reported on project budgets on behalf of project managers
  • Modeled company performance in anticipation of market changes
  • Researched and proposed tax-saving strategies that reduced the firm’s corporate tax burden by 5%

Education & Credentials

Master of Science (MS) – Accounting, Business School of Greater Maryland, Columbia, MD

Bachelor of Science (BS) – Finance, Maryland University, Annapolis, MD

Certified Public Accountant, CPA Association

Frequently Asked Questions: Professional Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for professional resumes? +

One of the best ways to enhance your resume is by starting each bullet point with a strong action verb. Dynamic verbs keep the hiring manager’s attention and show the varied nature of your experience. The following list provides a good mix of action verbs for your professional resume:

Action Verbs
Automated Averted
Coordinated Created
Decreased Developed
Eliminated Enhanced
Expedited Garnered
Generated Improved
Increased Introduced
Launched Lowered
Organized Prevented
Produced Raised
Ranked Shortened
Streamlined Strengthened
Updated Won

How do you align your professional resume with a job posting?+

First, look closely at the job post text and highlight words that are repeated, emphasized, or otherwise seem important. Compare these highlighted phrases to the language you’re using in your resume, particularly the profile and key skills sections. Then, seek ways to align your resume language with the job post while not copying phrases or misstating your background. 

For example, say the company seeks someone collaborative. Emphasize that part of your experience in your profile with a line like “Thrive in collaborative work settings” or in your key skills section with a term like “cross-team collaboration.” Or say the company has many non-English speaking customers. Highlight any foreign language skills both in your profile and as a separate section farther down the document. 

Also, consider adding brief descriptions of the places you’ve worked in [brackets] right next to or below the company name. Company descriptions let you show any similarities between your past employers and the one who posted the job. 

For example, maybe you’ve worked for companies of a similar size or industry. Or maybe you’ve worked at organizations with a similar mission or leadership philosophy. By adding these details to your descriptions, you can make your resume more relevant to the job opening at hand.

What is the best professional resume format?+

Most professionals should use the combination (or hybrid) format. True to its name, this format combines two important features of other resume formats: the chronological format’s experience section and the functional format’s profile section. (The resume examples on this page all use combination format.)

By fusing these two features, a combination resume offers the best of both worlds. The experience section lets you outline your recent work history – essential information for most employers.

At the same time, the profile section lets you display your career highlights at the top, regardless if they’re from that work history or another part of your background. As a result, you can present yourself clearly and strategically.

With this format, you give hiring managers the best view of your experience and relevant strengths, so they can make an informed decision to call you for an interview.

Expert advice: include a cover letter with your resume

To increase your chances of an interview, write and submit a strong cover letter. The key to a good cover letter is tailoring it to each job opening. Read our cover letter guide to learn how.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.