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How To Write A Ministry Resume

Here is some great advice from David Lyons via Todd Rhoades website.

The art of job seeking and resume writing is constantly changing. After reviewing thousands at MinisterSearch, I’ve come up with 10 things to consider when writing a resume:
  1. Format – as concise, to the point, and easy to read as possible – don’t write a novel (insert smiley face here) 
  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. 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 – even if your 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—makes you look like you’re behind the times 
  7. Send references on a separate sheet but not until you’re asked 
  8. CONTACT INFO – Don’t label phone numbers, fax numbers or your address; only cell and email should be listed 
  9. When you save your resume, name it so someone else understands what it is ex: 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 click the SAMPLE RESUME tab.

    David Lyons is the chief search consultant with MinisterSearch. For more than 10 years, his firm has worked with thousands of churches and pastors – helping in the areas of strategic staffing and leadership. Contact him at:

    (ht: Todd)


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