How to Make Your Ministry Résumé Stand Out

April 28, 2017
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Podcast Episode #323

Ministry résumés are a frequent topic for questions. So on today’s episode we discuss all the details that go into a good résumé.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Want to make your ministry résumé stand out? Do it well.
  • The most common grammatical mistake on résumés is the use of random capitalization.
  • Use appropriate fonts on résumés.
  • If you’re going to put a photo on your résumé, make it a good one.
  • Do not inflate attendance numbers on your ministry résumé. You will be found out.
  • When applying for a job, follow the instructions for applying.
  • Résumé hyperbole will lead potential employers to question your character.

The nine résumé qualities we discuss on the episode are:

  1. A highly qualified person proofread the resume for grammar, style, and appearance.
  2. There are no gaps in dates of employment.
  3. The resume had a great photo.
  4. The resume presented statistics clearly and truthfully.
  5. The applicant only sent what was requested.
  6. The resume included a narrative of accomplishments, rather than just positions with dates of employment.
  7. The order of the details on the resume reflects the priorities of the organization more than the applicant.
  8. Most of the resume uses the active tense.
  9. Good resumes avoid “cutesy” attempts to stand out.

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