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If you are looking to improve your own resume writing abilities, then it can be incredibly useful to read through other peoples resumes to get ideas for your own. Reading other resumes is also good for seeing what needs to be improved, so you do not make the same mistakes. We already had our experts review a barback resume sample to see what tips can be gleaned from it.
Avoid first person pronouns within the summary
Certain pronouns should be avoided altogether on your resume like I and me. This is just proper formatting, and we can see the following sentence within this sample resumes summary: I have barback experience, and knowledge about many different types of beer and liquor. We would want to eliminate that first word, so it goes more like this: Barback experience and knowledgeable about many different types of beer and liquor.
Use a variety of verbs for your Work History section
The worst thing a hiring manager can think when reading your resume is, This seems lazy. One instance in which an employer would think that is if you keep using the same words over and over again. For example, take a look at the bulleted list given for his time working at Local Bar and Kitchen. We see the following two bullet points one after the other:
One of these points should begin differently, so there is some variation. We could correct it, so the points go like this:
Use past tense for previous jobs
It makes sense that the proper tenses should be used depending on when exactly you worked at that job. Current positions should obviously be discussed in the present tense, but jobs you no longer work at should be talked about in the past tense. Some of the bullet points given for his time working at Villa Southside are written in the present tense like:
Instead, these points should be written like this:
Have good points for every position
You want every position listed on your resume to contain plenty of information to give the reader a good sense of what your background is like. The ones for Local Bar and Kitchen and Villa Southside are pretty good, but these are the only points given for his time spent at Ryco, Inc.:
First, you generally want to have at least five bullet points for every place of employment. Secondly, you want each of those points to have plenty of details, so the two points above could be rewritten to go more like this:
Remove information from high school
If you are currently enrolled in college or you have already received your degree, then there is no real reason to keep putting information from high school on your resume. An employer will automatically assume you have a high school diploma if you also went to college. Including this information is merely taking up space. There are numerous resources available to help teach you more about the dos and donts of resume writing. You can also create a properly formatted resume with the assistance of QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.