Having a professional resume and cover letter to send to employers online is critical when you are seeking employment. Especially is this even more important when you are looking for a work at home job because of the fierce competition in this particular market? If you are in need of an updated or current resume to send to potential employers online, please check out some of these free resources on this page. If you need to learn how to write a resume for the first time, you might consider using a professional service to get you off to a great start.
Here are some tips to help you know what to include or not include on your resume.
- Have an up-to-date resume – If you are not currently working or seeking employment and it has been a while since you worked, please feel free to include any gigs or tasks that you have done on the side from home. This would include but is not limited to micro-tasks, crowdsourcing tasks, writing articles online, or anything thing that you have done on a steady, consistent basis. You can get a Professional resume template I created that is designed to help you achieve better results and pass the ATS Tracking system to get into the hands of human recruiters and hiring managers. This template comes with a free cover letter and tips. Check it out here.
- Make sure there are no typos/grammar errors – If you have typos or other mistakes on your resume, it could distract employers and they may focus on those instead of your credentials. Proofread your resume and if need be, have someone check or critique your resume to eliminate this problem. If you don’t know where to go to have someone do this, try Grammarly for free. Grammarly will give you the confidence to send out an error-free resume.
- Fill in the gaps – If there are gaps in your resume, the employer may assume that your work is not of primary importance to you and may overlook your application because of those gaps. A couple of easy ways to do this are to avoid using months on your resume and include years only. You could also mention any unpaid or volunteer work that you have done during those gaps and include those on your resume, especially if it is related to your job field or market. This will show the employer that you still have the desire to work and have a good work ethic.
- Focus on your Skills – Employers are always on the lookout for qualified employees. Highlight any achievements, skills, awards, certificates, etc. to make your resume stand out.
- Keep it Simple – This is very important when it comes to your resume. Employers are mostly concerned with your work history and skills. A resume with too much information or details could easily end up being shelved or filed because it will be time-consuming to look over all that information. To avoid this from happening, you could simply leave out your hobbies or interests. You could also mention at the bottom of your resume that references are available upon request instead of listing them beforehand. Save them for your interview. If they are interested in working with you, they will definitely ask for references and you can divulge them as needed.
- Resume Templates – I have created a few resume templates that will help you get better results. These resumes are ATS ready, prewritten, simple, and effective. You will feel confident sending your resume to employers. See some samples below.
For those who either have no work history or experience but want to work from home, here are some things that you can include on your resume below.
You may be re-entering the workforce or doing so for the first time and have no experience. The job or potential job that you are interested in was exactly what you were looking for but you realize that you need a resume or the employer only accepts resumes. What will you do? Will you look for something else and give up? You don’t have to because there is a solution if this happens to be your situation.
Resumes can get pricey if you hire a professional to do them for you. Doing your own resume gives you added confidence in yourself and your abilities to prepare you for the next step, your interview. Here is a sample of what you can include on your resume, which you can tailor to fit your needs for those without work experience.
Your Telephone Number and Email Address:
Objective: Seeking an entry-level position in manufacturing (or whatever you are interested in).
Education: Graduated from Local High School, in 2023.
Courses: Language skills, mathematics, computers, woodworking class.
Skills and Abilities:
Work well with my hands. Regularly service the family car. Made wooden chairs and a table in my home workshop. I enjoy using my math skills while making furniture. Installed roofing material on a volunteer building project. Can use and are very familiar with computers, computer programs, and software, and enjoys learning new programs.
Reliable-missed only two days of school the entire senior year.
Honest returned a lost wallet that contained money.
Friendly-regularly engages in volunteer work in the community and enjoys assisting the elderly.
Athletics-love playing basketball.
Hobbies-enjoy repairing automobiles and woodworking.
Available upon request
Reference contacts could include a school teacher who knows you well or a family friend who runs a business. Make sure that you obtain permission from those you list as references.
Here is a list of free resources for you that you can use to create your own professional-looking resume and cover letter.
- Basic Resume Generator
- Use a Single Column Resume – See an example
- Google Docs below
- Avoid these Biggest Resume Mistakes
- Free Cover Letter & Tips with this Resume Template I designed to pass the ATS Tracking System.
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