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Using a customer service resume template simplifies the task of writing a resume because the technical part is already done. You don't have to worry about the formatting, so you can shift your attention to sharing details about your experience in customer service.
Hloom's downloadable resume templates offer resume-writing guidelines and loads of advice that's specific to hunting for a customer service position.
When you're trying to get a customer service job, a summary statement is more effective than an objective statement. A summary statement shows a recruiter what you have to offer, whether that's experience providing effective customer service, or a pleasing approach when assisting clients. An objective statement merely tells a potential recruiter or employer that you'd like a position, not what you can actually offer them.
The combination resume format is ideal for a customer service resume if you have some experience in the field because it provides a way to include the kind of interpersonal skills, or soft skills, that are hard to otherwise quantify. However, be sure to include any quantifiable details that apply, such as serving a large number of customers daily or winning awards for exemplary customer service.
To help you get started, here’s an example of a summary section in a combination resume that includes measurable customer service skills.
The skills section is where you build the foundation of your customer service resume. When you're reading job postings and job descriptions looking for keywords, think about ways you've applied the important skills listed. Choose four to six main keywords to include in your skills section. Then, tie each skill to a related action that you've performed in previous jobs.
Personalize your resume with skills that apply to the job to which you're applying. This helps to ensure you get the chance to show how well your skills fit a specific position.
Job postings on company websites and job descriptions from sites like the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are useful places to look for information about what skills you need to include in your resume. Job boards that are focused on retail positions are also helpful for finding customer service-related keywords.
Look for repeated roles or responsibilities in the job posting — these frequent words are keywords and indicate crucial customer service skills that the employer is specifically looking for. Be sure to include those keywords in your resume if you have the necessary skills and requirements. Prioritize those keywords in your summary statement and scatter them throughout your work history and previous training sections.
Some customer service keywords and phrases that are commonly requested by hiring managers include:
If you meet more than six of the keywords you identified, fold the remaining skills into your summary statement and work history sections. Naturally, adding keywords increase the chance of an applicant tracking system (ATS) pulling your resume for further review. However, adding keywords where they don't make sense, or including them in nonsensical sentences might cause your resume to get flagged as spam by an ATS.
While customer service jobs may vary widely regarding the skills and training required for a particular position, there are some qualifications that are universal in customer service. These include things like friendly service, prompt attention to client needs and accurately recording orders. Look to the required keywords and prepare every resume to match the ad you're answering.
You may have a lot of work experience that makes you wonder what to include in your customer service resume. If that's the case, the job posting is a valuable source of information. The recruiter who posted the open job is telling you which skills are valued at the company, so focus your work experience in a way that lets you describe the skills featured in the job posting.
Another way to determine what to include is to browse through our collection of customer service above to find one that uses a combination format. When you read the information that other customer service professionals have included in resumes, it can help you choose which details are important to mention when you add your work history.
An example of a work history section that contains quantifiable achievements is shown below.
When you begin to write this last resume section, where you list your education and job training, remember to keep connecting the information and keywords in the job description as much as possible. Most positions in customer service require only a high school diploma, though any advanced education or on-the-job customer service training you've taken may be added.
A sample of how to write the education section of a customer service resume is shown below.