How to Write a Ministry Resume

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 you’re 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.

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  • Benton

    What are your thoughts on putting a personal/family picture in a ministry resume. The practice is taboo in the corporate world, and frowned upon by anyone in HR, but seems to be common practice with many ministry resumes. I notice that your sample resume does not include one, but I would still like to hear your thoughts.

  • Brian Ledford

    Also, try not to have grammar errors like the one in # 5. Your and you’re are different words.

  • Brent Ingroum

    Any tips on integrating your corporate experience with your ministry experience? Two sections? Combined?