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How to Write a Resume for a Guitar Store

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Writing a resume for a position in a guitar shop is somewhat unique. Although experience in another guitar or music store is definitely a positive, it is more likely that your qualifications will come from related experience. While the basic format and appearance of a "guitar shop" resume are similar to other resumes, it is important to keep in mind the kind of position for which you are applying and what kind of experience is relevant. Here are some guidelines that will help you create a solid resume.


Use a single sheet of high-quality bond paper, preferably in a neutral tone such as white, off-white, or beige.

Choose a standard professional font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, in 10- or 11-point size.

Use bullets, section headings, or related indicators to help readers easily focus on the specific elements of your resume that show off your abilities as a potential guitar shop employee. Always leave at least a 1-inch margin on all sides of the page.


Include standard information in the heading of your guitar shop resume, such as your name and contact information (home and cell phone numbers, street address, and email address).

Write a brief "Objectives" section, which should be a statement expressing why you want to work at a guitar store in general and THIS guitar store in particular.

Offer a list of traits that help "sell" you to the store. You might include things like "avid music fan for over 20 years" or "diverse music tastes" along with more general admirable traits such as "enthusiastic," "self-motivated," etc. The key in this section is to highlight elements of yourself that show why you are a good fit for this position. Again, make sure you list some "music-specific" qualities.

Highlight any special talents you have that would apply to the job, such as training in electronics, sales, etc.

Include a section to list any college or tech school education you have, especially if your education is directly relevant to the job (for example, a degree in music or business administration).


Add a final statement that you have references available upon request. Limit your resume to one page.


Jake Damon has his Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. Damon has been a writer and editor since 1998. He edits two professional journals, has published books including "Catullan Consciousness" and "Re-Reading Thomas Traherne," and written articles for various academic and trade presses, including Oxford University Press, Associated University Presses and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

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