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Your professional resume is the first impression youll make on your hiring manager or potential employer, so you want to make sure it complies with currently accepted best practices. Weve consulted with a team of experts to pinpoint common mistakes made in real samples and theyve analyzed this administration assistant resume sample for areas that need improvement. Incorporate these guidelines into your revision process to upgrade your resume format and content.
Bullet Your Highlights
Your highlights section should be filled with great information organized with bullets. While this applicant does a good job including competitive professional merits, the formatting doesnt follow accepted guidelines and practices. First, there is no need to bold the short phrases. Instead, only bold the title of the section. Next, the applicant needs to bullet the information and add at least one more point. For this section, you can use two bulleted columns, but make sure each column has at least three points. Conversely, ensure your list has at least six bullets like the revised example below: Highlights
Notice, the phrases dont end in periods and only have the first word capitalized, except for proper nouns.
Include a Professional Summary
In the sample, the applicant begins the document with the highlights section, but best resume practices dictate you should always begin with a professional summary. If you are more familiar with a resume objective, youll have little trouble switching gears. In this section, you need 4 to 6 longer phrases devoid of proper nouns and written from the first person. Include general information about your professional merit. Imagine you have thirty seconds to convince the hiring manager to give you an interview. What would you say? Youll notice this applicant has an additional experience section at the end of the professional experience area. This section contains great information, but it doesnt call for a distinct placement as in the sample. In this example summary, weve included the extra information to make the case for the candidates professional merit: Committed Administration Assistant with diverse experience including 18 years as a collector and 10 years in retail and management. Organized professional with the ability to manage multiple project simultaneously and provide excellent administrative support. Motivated Administrative Assistant with broad office skill set comprising touch-typing, data entry, file management and familiarity with standard administrative programs. Trained professional dedicated to customer service and overall company success.
Use Enough Information in the Experience Section
Think of your experience section as a place to showcase your professional capabilities. You want to include complete descriptions of your current and past responsibilities. Every entry calls for 5 to 8 bullets ending in a period. Your phrases should be short and full of action words. For current positions, use the present tense, but otherwise, stick with past tense phrases. Fortunately, this applicant has great information already. In the revision process, the candidate can simply split separate thoughts into bullets, like so: Ricardo Miller MinistriesMay 2009 to Current Administration Assistant
Before you submit your professional document to the hiring manager, take plenty of time to proofread and edit to ensure you catch any errors in formatting or content. For more helpful information and access to useful resources, use Live Careers Resume Builder to make your resume stand out from the stack so you can secure your next interview.