Sample Resumes: Make Sure the Information is Your Own

The use of sample resumes is becoming more and more common amongst resume writers who are looking to ensure that their own personal resumes are 100% legitimate and laid out properly. In fact, experts recommend that resume writers take advantage of these sample resumes in order to adhere to industry standards in resume writing. Just make sure the information is your own when you look at your completed resume.

Many resume writers will simply take a sample resume and will blatantly steal the information that is provided in these sample resumes. They will simply change individual specific information and a few words here and there, but will more or less plagiarize every aspect of their resume. This includes stealing a resume ‘objective’ and using it word for word, or taking a cover letter from a sample resume and claiming that it is their very own.

There are two major issues with this type of information theft. First off, this type of ‘borrowing’ is not ‘borrowing’ in reality. It is rather considered ‘stealing.’ Most sample resumes are covered by a creative commons copyright or a professional copyright. If you are using the information from these sample resumes without changing them, you are simply in violation of copyright laws and are literally stealing from another writer.

The second major issue is that many companies will actually scan resumes and will check them against other resumes and sample resumes found online. If a potential employer discovers that 95% of your resume is pulled from a sample resume they have found online, they will immediately lose trust with you and will most likely no longer consider you for their open position. 

This is why it is of the utmost importance that you make sure the information is your own when you submit your final resume to a potential employer.

How Can I Be Sure The Information Is My Own When Using Sample Resumes?

The best way to make sure the information is your own when using sample resumes is to write your resume section by section simply using the sample resumes as a model. You can then read over the sample resume section and compare it to your own resume. You should be able to quickly determine how “like” your resume is with the sample that you have used. Make sure that you don’t use direct quotes or phrases from the sample resume. Find a way to take these ideas and put them into your own words.

The idea is to take the information that you have found and like in these sample resumes and “spin” them, in order to make them unique and more aimed at your personal specifics and skills. You need to basically take the general ideas you like in the sample resumes and completely rewrite them so that they don’t resemble the original version. With a little practice and a little patience this entire process is very simplistic and will ensure that the information is your own.

To double check yourself you should have someone read over the sample resume you used and your personal resume to see if they can spot any instances of plagiarism.

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