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Creating a resume that begs to be read isnt as easy as commonly thought. Looking over sample resumes for frequently made errors is a great way to make sure they dont make it into your own resume. Check out what our experts had to say about this account manager sample resume and apply the feedback to yours.
Stick to skills and experience in the Professional Summary section
The Professional Summary section is the very first thing a potential employer will see, so its important to stick to key points that can sell you as an asset. This applicant discusses career goals that dont help him. He would need to fix this by either changing it out for another piece of information or deleting it.
Dont use numerals for numbers higher than ten
Sometimes, numbers can be tricky when deciding how to write them out. Luckily, there is a format to follow. Always use numerals for 9 and below, unless there is a mixture of numbers. This applicant uses numerals for numbers well above ten. To fix this, the number 21 would need to be spelled out twenty one.
Use bullet points to separate information
Making sure your resume is clearly organized is one of the best ways to get your resume read all the way through. Bullet points are necessary whenever there is a list. Steven fails to use bullet points in the Accomplishments section and Experience section. He would need to go through and make sure each entry had its own bullet. WRONG: ACCOMPLISHMENTS Proven track record of outstanding performance with a history of promotions within each organization which I have been a member. SecurityLinlk from Ameritech: Member of President’s Club(2000) for annual sales performance. Top 10% of national sales producers. Crystal Springs: Multiple sales contest winner. Poland Spring: Set company record for meeting/surpassing monthly sales quota 25 consecutive months RIGHT: ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Include at least 5 points per job in Experience section
It can be difficult to come up with job duties, but its important to include 5 to 8 points per position you are including on a resume. This resume not only fails to use bullet points in the Experience section, but also only includes a couple of details per job. Steven would need to come up with significant details to flesh out this section. WRONG: EXPERIENCE SECURITYFIRST Raleigh, NC Account Manager/Sales Representative Responsible for new account acquisition as well as maintaining established customers by providing superior customer service with regards to services and products as contracted. SECURITYLINK FROM AMERITECH Norcross, GA Account Manager/Sales Representative – Home Builders Division Worked directly with Home Builders,both single family and multi-family construction, ensuring timely installation of products as contracted. RIGHT: EXPERIENCE SECURITYFIRST Raleigh, NC Account Manager/Sales Representative
SECURITYLINK FROM AMERITECH Norcross, GA Account Manager/Sales Representative – Home Builders Division
Proofread for spelling and grammar
As you can see in Accomplishments, there are awkward phrases and typos. Proofreading is a necessary step in making sure a resume is clean. This applicant would need to carefully read, line by line, to find and fix any rough spots. As the first impression, a resume can have the power to make or break your chances at a new job. Let LiveCareer help create the standout resume you deserve with Resume Builder.