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Your resume is usually the one factor that will decide whether or not you will be called for an interview. Knowing this, job-seekers tend to be anxious about writing their resume and to worry that they are making mistakes they are not even aware of. Fortunately, experts are available to point you in the right direction. Here is an automotive consultant & manager resume sample that has been checked out by resume writing specialists. Based on their comments, we have highlighted some common mistakes and included advice on how to correct them. This will help you review your resume and make sure that it stands out.
Check for typos and mistakes
Minor errors in grammar and spelling, or a few typos, may not seem like a major issue, especially if the position you are applying for does not depend on writing skills. However, these minor problems can make a job applicant appear sloppy, careless and disorganized not an impression anyone wants to make on a potential employer. This sample resume suffers from multiple errors that could have been easily caught and corrected with a careful review. The very first sentence of the summary contains a misspelling and an extraneous character. Fiancing, wokt, uniits all of these could have been caught by using a spellcheck feature. In addition to spellchecking, be sure to also read over your resume carefully, since spellcheck will not correct errors that consist of using the wrong word, such as hear instead of here.
Use bullet points when describing work experience
In the section setting forth your work experience, you will be listing current and previous positions, together with a list of important skills, responsibilities and achievements for each position. This list should be in a bullet point format, using present tense for a current job and past tense for previous experiences. WRONG: Assistant Used Car Manager, 09-2007 to 10/2011 Genoa Chevrolet Genoa, OH Purchased vehicles on GM Smart Auction. Responsible for transport and delivery of purchased uniits and scheduling service and detailing of these units. Conducted the advertising for these units both in newspapers and online. Sent used vehicle inventory to other auto auctions, Managed and controlled the used vehicle inventyory. RIGHT: Assistant Used Car Manager, 09-2007 to 10/2011 Genoa Chevrolet Genoa, OH
Omit unnecessary information
Including material that hiring managers are not interested in seeing clutters up your resume and makes it difficult for a prospective employer to quickly evaluate your credentials. There is some information that should generally not be included on a resume unless a particular employer specifically requires it. For example, only college students or very recent graduates should include their high school information. In all other cases, employers are more interested in seeing relevant degrees, certifications and experience. The sample resume indicates that the applicants first job commenced in 1992; thus, his high school information is not relevant and should not be on this resume. References should also not be listed on resumes. Your prospective employer will request references, if needed, to be submitted separately. The resume sample also contains an Additional Information section that is not filled out. Think carefully before including information other than work experience, education and professional achievements. Hobbies, interests and family circumstances should not be included unless they are directly relevant to the position you are applying for. Need some more help creating your resume now that you have reviewed this automotive consultant & manager resume sample? Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder for a quick and easy way to produce an outstanding resume.