XPastor has some samples of great resumes—either for you that need help in preparing your resume or for newcomers to the hiring process. It’s great to know what a great resume looks like. Below, David Fletcher offers his comments regarding the resume, as well as a link to the resume.
Resumes are changing lately. A couple of years ago, people enjoyed three and five page resumes. Now the trend is toward two page resumes.
What I like about Bob’s resume is the simplicity. I’m a fan of well designed resumes, including ones with plenty of graphic elements. But Bob’s wins the Georgia O’Keeffe Award for minimalism (if you don’t know O’Keeffe, check out photos of her home in New Mexico to see her minimalism).
Minimalism is great if you have great content—if the content is weak, then a minimalist resume ends in the trash rather quickly. Bob has longevity in his job and that speaks volumes. Each of his bullet points has plenty of depth. Therefore, he can use simplicity to his advantage.
What Bob will need, though, is a warm and endearing cover letter. With a minimalist resume, one needs context to understand the depth of the content. The work of the Executive Pastor is both as Executive and Pastor, so Bob will need to convey pastoral warmth in his cover letter.