Whether you have been working on your resume for years or have yet to write the first word, it is ok to solicit professional help. We have provided this example of a sales representative resume to show you some of the most common mistakes we find among resume submissions. If you take away the key points in this example, you’ll be that much more prepared to perfect your own.
Work history should be in reverse chronological order
Hiring managers tend to think that your most recent work is the most relevant. If they deem it more important then you should too. This is why work history should read in reverse chronological order. It conforms to the expectations of the employer and prevents them from skipping over the parts of your resume that they find most important.
Aim for five to eight points per job listed
Your work history is typically the most meaningful part of your resume. It is your chance to show things you have successfully done. Even the simplest jobs in the world regularly present challenges and opportunities to excel. It is absolutely ok to site specific problems that you have solved or accomplishments you have achieved. The work history does not have to read as a droll description of the tasks you have performed. If you do not take the time to put down multiple examples of success, your resume will run the risk of looking barren and unimpressive.
Examples should be as specific as possible
Following along with the previous point, the points you do make should be specific when possible. If you have accomplishments, giving them numerical context can go a long way. Wrong:
The two statements are very similar, but giving the achievement context makes it more meaningful and impressive when compared to the vague description of top sales performer.
Job description bullets should end in periods
This feels nitpicky, but it is the industry standard in format. The idea of a resume is to present yourself well to a hiring prospect. Sloppy or incorrect punctuation seems like a silly reason to be skipped for a job you know you could master. In the case of job listings, the bullet entries tend to be longer and more descriptive than other sections. This is why the period at the end can help organize the information and make it easier to follow. Other lists, such as skills, do not need periods at the end of bullet points, especially if they are very succinct. Wrong:
The first example has a period at the end of one entry but not the rest. Being consistent in your resume is important. It shows your attention to detail. This example is a good jumping-off point, but it is only the beginning. If you would like professional guidance for your entire resume, take advantage of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. It is an excellent tool to ensure your resume is as impressive as you are.