A great resume can give a great first and lasting impression. Whether you are working on improving your resume or looking for hints on what to look for in your search for a candidate, below are some hints and sample resumes that can help.
How to Write a Ministry Resume
David Lyons, MinisterSearch
The art of job seeking and resume writing is constantly changing. After reviewing thousands of resumes at MinisterSearch, I’ve come up with 10 things to consider when writing a resume:
1. Be as concise, to the point, and easy to read as possible—don’t write a novel.
2. The Experience section is by far the most important section of the resume—use action-oriented and descriptive bullet points to show how you can do the job for which you are applying.
3. Stating the Objective is no longer cool—your objective is the job. Don’t waste the real estate.
4. Dates should be on the right—years only, no months.
5. In general, go back only 15 years unless there are significant achievements before then. Even if you’re older, don’t let them know it (50 is the new 30).
6. Don’t list run-of-the-mill skills, i.e. PowerPoint, Excel, MS Word. Doing so makes you look like you’re behind the times.
7. List references on a separate sheet, but wait to send them until you’re asked.
8. Contact information—Don’t label phone numbers, fax numbers or your address; only your cell number and email address should be listed.
9. When you save your resume, name it so someone else understands what it is. Example: david.lyons.resume.doc
10. The things that you think are necessary—what are the things you believe should or shouldn’t be in a resume? For a sample resume, visit this link and download a Sample Minister Resume.
XPastor’s Great Resume Series: Over the years, XPastor has collected some outstanding resume examples. These resumes stand out from the crowd. They showcase the person’s skills and abilities. When a church receives 200 resumes for a position, these are the kind of resumes that get “a closer look.”
A great resume isn’t a guarantee that you will get the position, but it will allow your skills and abilities to be seen by the people doing the search.