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You specialize in a field to provide the best ministry you can to others. We specialize in helping you get hired. With that in mind, here is a sample resume and some general tips that can help you make the most of your own.
The summary should be in paragraph form
The summary sets the tone for the rest of the resume. Using paragraph form frees you to use your language skills at their best. This section is the opening of a dialogue between you and your potential important; it should make an impression. Wrong: Cross-cultural ministry in church and mission settings. Diverse ministry experience with children in US and China. Desires a challenging role as cross-cultural Children’s Pastor. Right: Passionate minister desiring a challenging role as a cross-cultural Childrens Pastor. Strong compassion and leadership skills were cultivated during 20 years of experience working in cross-cultural church and mission settings, including a diverse background relating to children in the U.S. and China. While the verbiage is still formal, changing from a list to a paragraph is a more inviting way to open the resume. It is also ok to highlight a few soft skills in the process.
Experience should go from most recent to oldest
Your most recent work experience is the most relevant to a hiring manager. It is best to list things according to that relevance.
Experience should be a bulleted list
Usually, this is the section that contains the most information and the most important information. Highlights should be as easy as possible to read or the individual in charge of hiring may miss some of your strongest points. Wrong: Representative06/1996 ? CurrentThe Way EastHouston, Texas Beijing (Fall 1996–Spring 1997): Evangelism to Chinese college students; worked with Christians in underground church. Hohhot, Inner Mongolia (Spring 1998): Evangelism to Chinese and Mongolian college students. Xining, Qinghai (June 1998–July, 1999): Evangelism to Chinese and minorities. Gonghe, Qinghai (August 1999–January 2004): Established first missionary presence in Gonghe; taught ESL to Tibetan college students and teachers; helped develop two Amdo Tibetan Bible Study groups; networked with foreign missionaries; arranged for other missionaries among unreached people groups. Beijing (February 2004–February 2005): Taught Corporate English and Business courses for Delter Institute, witnessing to students and faculty; established Christian fellowship for cross-cultural Chinese-American couples; sent first Amdo Tibetan to underground evangelical seminary in Beijing. Houston, Texas (March 2005–to present): Began English Second Language outreach to Chinese in government housing projects and Chinese churches; began pioneer work among Muslims; preached in local Chinese churches; promoted mission outreach in churches and Bible study groups; Church of the Living God, English/Children’s/Youth Pastor, June 2008-June 2010; Lord’s Favor Church, Children’s/Youth Pastor, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011, Pastor, Jan. 2012-Dec. 2012. Right: Representative06/1996 ? Current The Way East Houston, Texas Houston, Texas (March 2005–to present): Church of the Living God, English/Children’s/Youth Pastor, June 2008-June 2010; Lord’s Favor Church, Children’s/Youth Pastor, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011, Pastor, Jan. 2012-Dec. 2012.
Beijing (February 2004–February 2005):
Gonghe, Qinghai (August 1999–January 2004):
Xining, Qinghai (June 1998–July, 1999):
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia (Spring 1998):
Beijing (Fall 1996–Spring 1997):
With so much information available, you can see how much easier the bulleted format is to absorb. Formatting can go a long way to presenting yourself in the most professional manner possible. To get professional help specific to your own personal resume, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.