What Types of Jobs Do You Need a Resume For?

by Leyla Norman; Updated September 26, 2017

No matter what type of job you apply for, it's always a good idea to have a resume handy. Some employers don't require one, and some may raise their eyebrow at you a little if you present one. In any case, it's better to have one and need it than need one and not have it.

Collar Color

“White collar” jobs like administrative assistants/receptionists, salesmen are more likely to require a resume during the application process than more “blue collar” jobs such as a construction laborer. Jobs that require resumes are typically those that are considered more professional in nature. These may be clerical, teaching, finance, sales, management (in any industry) or other similar types of employment.

Jobs Requiring Resumes

Some jobs that usually require a resume include a teacher, bank teller, store manager/shift leader and receptionist. Others include social worker, nurse, health-care technician (radiology, ultrasound, for example), lead childcare teacher in a daycare center and project coordinator/manager.

Low Wage

Low wage employers such as retail stores or fast food restaurants don't typically require a resume from their applicants. Nevertheless, having a resume can help you quickly fill out job applications by hand if your previous employment history and education are listed in chronological order on your resume.

Resume or No?

Most employers would prefer that you have a resume no matter what type of job you're applying for. Even first-time job hunters with only some volunteer experience under their belts and a high school diploma should have a resume. You're more likely to get an interview when you turn in a resume with your job application. When you apply at a fast food joint, it demonstrates that you're an organized, thoughtful individuals who think ahead a little, which are all positive characteristics to have in any employee.

About the Author

Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.