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Applying for a first job can be nerve wracking. Be at ease. Our experts are full of professional advice to help you build a successful resume. They have reviewed this example document to show common places where you have a chance to rise above your competition. Learn from these samples to get a jump start on your career.
Avoid using personal pronouns
It can feel strange to write a resume that is full of incomplete sentences. The fragments are ok. A resume is about you, so an employer can assume that any skill, list or statement is referring directly to you, making the use of I and me unnecessary. As this has become the convention for resumes, you will sound more professional and experienced if you conform. Wrong: I’m currently a high school senior and looking for my first official job. My aunt does daycare and when I’m not in school I often go to her house and on field trips with her and help take care of the babies and kids. I also have worked at a kids basketball camp for 2 years. I have babysat since I was in 6th grade and participate in a 4-H teaching program. I love working with kids and I am always up for a challenge. Right: Current high school senior looking for first official job. Experience assisting with home based daycare and chaperoning field trips with babies, infants and young kids. Volunteered at childrens basketball camp for two years. Eight years of experience independently babysitting and completed a 4-H teaching program. Love working with kids and always up for a challenge.
Try to list specific dates and regional locations with experience
In this example, none of the experience points apply to hired positions, but they are still relevant entries. Listing the years of successful babysitting and the city where it was performed add substance to the citations that will make an interviewer see the experience with more respect. This would prove especially useful for the basketball camp entry. That is a valuable volunteer experience that should have been managed or lead by a professional. Listing the name of the camp, location and dates of the program turn it into a verifiable reference.
Include hard skills in the resume
This sample makes great use of soft skills, which are particularly appealing in the field of childcare. Adding some hard skills could really take this resume home. Quantifiable or certified skill sets give better metrics by which an employer can gauge your potential. Showing that you hold up against national or regulated standards increases your professional appearance and strengthens your presentation. Here are a few examples of hard skills that could help this resume:
Useful hard skills are not limited to first aid and emergency responses. Official awards or specific examples of success can also serve this purpose.
Use bullet lists for experience
The experience section can often get bogged down if its format is not optimized. In this case, bullet points can clean up the section and make it much easier to read: Spardar Youth Basketball Camp – 2012-2015 Youth Leader
The bullet points also give you a chance to see where entries may need more information. The help doesnt stop here. You can use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to review your entire resume and take it to the next level.