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There are certain rules every resume ought to follow in order to be considered for a job, and when those rules are ignored the resume in question will usually end up in the discard pile. So if you’re in the market for a new job, give yourself the best chance possible by avoiding these key mistakes. The assemblyline worker resume sample below has been corrected by our resume experts so that you can see some common mistakes and how to fix them.
Personal pronouns do not belong in a resume
When you reuse a word, it becomes tiresome for an employer to continue reading your resume. That is why you should avoid using personal pronouns such as “I” and “me,” they become overused rather quickly when describing your accomplishments, skills and work experience. Your name is at the top of the resume, so it’s assumed that everything else written pertains to you. Here’s what the opening summary should look like, without personal pronouns: WRONG: I have several years experience on an assembly line. I have done everything from work on the line assembling parts to quality control, driving forklifts and pallet jacks, and shipping and receiving. RIGHT: Energetic assembly line worker with several years of experience. Versed in all manner of line work, from initial assembly to quality control, forklift operation to shipping and receiving. Able to multitask and make quick decisions in relation to safety and compliance. Licensed fork lift user, ready to start work today.
Start with your most recent work experience
When you list your work experience, always start with your most recent or current job, then list past jobs going backward from there. The one exception to this rule is when you are making a complete job field change, then you should start with your most relevant work experience first. One reason this is important is because a potential employer will start reading at the top, where presumably you have risen in responsibility as compared to your first job.
Use bullet points for readability
When you describe what kind of work you did at a past or current job, always use bullet points. This helps a potential employer look for key activities that are important to them, and it makes your resume more readable. When itemizing your work activities, try to avoid repetition and be sure to include anything unique or special you did. Focus on ways you improved your work environment or successfully handled a large project. Here’s how the revised Night Manager work description could look: Night Manager May 2008 to December 2012 Advance Auto Parts Raleigh, NC * Prepared items to be shipped back to Washington DC. * Handled paperwork for each stage of shipping, receiving and inventory. * Optimized stock pulling procedures to reduce error. * Mentored subordinates who showed management potential. * Kept detailed status reports for informing the next shift.
Capital letters should start every line
Capitalizing the first word of a line, whether or not you’re writing a complete sentence, is a habit you should never lose. This resume has various missing capital letters, from the Highlights bullet points to job titles. Some job descriptions also are in need of capitalization. This kind of error, as well as errors of grammar and spelling, are best caught by reading out loud and having a friend or family member look over your resume. A second set of eyes usually spots needed revisions. From here, you’re ready to view samples on your own and use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to improve your resume. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be off to a good start; getting lots of feedback on your resume will give you an even better start.