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Building a stellar resume is the perfect way to make a great first impression to your potential new employer. To make it easier on you, weve asked our experts to look over this accounts payable clerk resume sample and point out common mistakes to look out for. Look these over carefully and apply them to your own resume.
Dont include your GPA
The only reason you should include your GPA in the Education section is if you are a recent graduate. This applicants graduation date is 5 years old, making the GPA irrelevant. This information should be left off.
Put your sections in order of most importance
This resume sample has some great experience that should be one of the first things a potential employer sees. However, the Education & Training section comes before. Always put experience before education and any certifications or licenses if you have relevant experience. WRONG: Education & Training Walsh College Troy, MI Master of Science in Finance (MSF) 3.4GPA June 2011 Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) June 2007 Work History: AlixPartners, LLP May 2007 to Current May 2007 to Current Accounting/Finance Accounts Payable Southfield, MI RIGHT: Work History: AlixPartners, LLP May 2007 to Current Accounting/Finance Accounts Payable Southfield, MI
Education & Training Walsh College, Troy, MI Master of Science in Finance, June 2011 Bachelor of Business Administration, June 2007
Use consistent formatting for spacing
Sometimes, just a glance at a resume can give the reader an impression of your professionalism. This resume leaves big gaps between sections and no gaps between others. You would fix this by putting one space between each section for a more polished look.
Dont use too many employment bullet points
It is great when you have a lot to say about your work experience, but make sure you dont say too much. Each job should have between 5 and 8 bullet points, much less than what this resume has. Some of these points could be put into an Accomplishments section.
Dont abbreviate phrases
This resume is full of official phrases, one of which is Concur Management System. The first time this is mentioned, however, it only gives part of the phrase. If you want to abbreviate, give the full phrase first with the abbreviation in parentheses. From then on you can start using the abbreviation. If you have common abbreviations, you dont need to do this step.
Use bullet points to separate information
When you list information, it is important to separate it with bullet points. This resume lists Computer Skills horizontally, separated only by a space. The writer would need to put each point as its own point. Making this change towards clarity helps the resume look more professional and clean. WRONG: Computer Skills Excel Word Outlook Elite Profiler Tax Software SAP RIGHT: Computer Skills
Use large enough font
It is sometimes easy to be tempted to shrink your font to fit all of your resume elements on as few pages as possible. Like this resume that uses 9-pt font, small font can be hard to read or can make it hard to find information quickly. Always use at least 10-pt font. This applicant would just need to increase the font of her text and headers evenly. It is an exciting moment compiling all of your data into a standout resume. Let LiveCareer help make it an even faster and easier process by using Resume Builder.