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The first impression that any hiring manager will get of you is your resume. Our experts have reviewed this Assistant Farm Manager resume sample to identify its weaknesses and suggest changes to make it a truly great resume. Studying the strategies provided here will help you to make a professional and engaging resume that stands above the competition.
Showcase what you can bring to the company in your summary
The summary in this sample article is nice, but it could include more specific information, such as total years of experience and what has been accomplished on a large scale. The summary can be 4-6 lines so use all of this space and make it count.
All lists should contain bullet points
When describing duties performed in jobs in the Experience section, make sure to include bullet points for each item on the list. This will bring the reader’s attention to the specific accomplishments and make the list easier to read and refer to.
List job duties in a bullet list format
Listing all of your duties in one sentence or in paragraph form puts everything together in one chunk, which actually takes away from the specific training or accomplishments that you want to highlight in this part of the resume. WRONG: 04/2010 – 10/2010 Dairy Discovery ? Alto, MI Educational Tour Guide Educating all age groups about a 3,000 cow dairy farm with excellent cow care, product quality and environmental assurance standards 01/1994 – 09/2004 Wilcox Farms ? Lowell, MI Farm Hand Attend to calf care, whole herd health, nutrition and sanitation, haying and forestry management RIGHT: 04/2010 – 10/2010 Dairy Discovery ? Alto, MI Educational Tour Guide
01/1994 – 09/2004 Wilcox Farms ? Lowell, MI Farm Hand
A couple other changes had to be made in this section of the resume. Some of the bullet points had verbs added to make it sound more like the active performing of duties rather than neutrally mentioning certain areas of a job. These augmentations also serve to make the list appear to be longer, which gives an even stronger sense of qualification.
Make sure to use present tense if you are currently in a position and past tense if you have left a position
In the previous example, a couple other changes were made that had to do with the verb tenses. This is also an issue of grammar. If you are no longer working somewhere, use the past tense. This will not only avoid confusion but it also has a much more professional appearance. In the above example, Educating was changed to Educated, and attend to was changed to attended to.
If you are using an abbreviation, make sure to spell it out along with the initials
This way, it is clear which organization you are referring to. It is also a good practice in any writing to make sure you explain what it is you are talking about. This should be consistent every time you use initials throughout your resume.
Do not include your interests unless they are directly related to the job
As much as they may make you sound like an appealing person, a resume is not the place for any information that does not directly pertain to your application as a candidate for a specific position. The sample resume is full of some really great qualifications.
Include only information and skills relevant to the position being applied for
For this sample, this point comes in at the last section. The section on Language does not need to be there, because it is assumed that the applicant can speak English, and beginner skills in Spanish do not really count as any kind of qualification. Your resume could be perfectly designed to land you an interview with the job you are seeking. Using the tools provided with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder, you can get to work on a winning resume today.