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The resume is a vital part of the application process because it your opportunity to showcase your unique qualifications and professional experiences that could set you apart from other applicants. The resume is also a potential employers first impression of you, and therefore it needs to be a strong one. In order to help you out with this we have reviewed a sample Architectural Executive Assistant resume and pointed out areas that are problematic or could be reworked. Be sure to take note of these changes, as they can prevent you from making the same ones on your own resume.
Avoid the standalone objective statement
The applicant has included which position she is applying for. This information is not necessary, as the employer will be able to assume as much when he or she receives the resume. Remember that the summary is a great place to hook your reader and include information about what makes you particularly qualified and unique. The applicant has listed information about how many years of experience she has when this information can be gathered from the experience section. Think of the summary as a bold and concise sales pitch that will motivate your potential employer to keep reading.
Always use bullet points
One of the most important aspects of your resume is the formatting. If the resume does not look meticulously organized, then an employer may lost interest. Reading blocks of text can take up more time than necessary, especially considering the fact that there may be a lot of applications to read through. To avoid this mistake, always use bullet points to separate different items. Notice the difference in these two formats: WRONG: Core Accomplishments Founded and Managed Tres Ventanas Architecture in Taos NM. Grew the firm over a period of 18 years into Taos’s leading residential architectural firm; cultivated a team of employees that were very motivated and excited about their jobs; routinely managed numerous clients, consultants, contractors, vendors, government agencies, attorneys and accountants. RIGHT: Core Accomplishments
Notice how a simple change in formatting can greatly increase the readability of your resume.
Avoid using generic words
Because resumes are brief, generally only a page or two pages maximum, you want to make sure that every line and word provides new information. This is especially true in the Highlights section, where you want to promote skills that are pertinent to your field. A future employer will not be impressed with words such as strong, great, or extremely. These are considered filler words at best and should be exchanged with strong and captivating words. Lines such as great team player and solid office management skills do not communicate any specific skills that could make an impression over other candidates.
Eliminate unnecessary information
You should aim to have only five to eight different items/bullets under each separate job experience. As mentioned before, the reader may not want to read through extensive information and superfluous details about your previous jobs. You might consider consulting the experts if you would like support and help with the resume writing process. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to see how your resume can be reviewed in the way that we have reviewed this sample resume. Before you know it, you will be well on your way to taking that next step in your new career.