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Making a resume is one of the first steps of a successful job hunt, but it can be difficult to know where to start. Our career experts are here to help, by reviewing this bike mechanic resume sample and noting a few places in need of improvement. Studying the issues here will give you a better idea of what mistakes to avoid when constructing your own resume.
Put yourself first with the first person
Because a resume is listing your personal skills and achievements, all verbs should be in the first, not the third person, and singular, not plural, even in sentence fragments without pronouns. In such phrases, check which voice you’re using by reading them aloud using the pronoun “I.” In this sample’s summary, while the use of fragments is fine, the phrase “Offers trustworthy bike care” should be “Offer trustworthy bike care,” as the correct grammar is “I offer,” not “I offers.”
Balance your columns
It’s a good idea to use double columns for long lists of short items, such as those found in the Highlights section of this sample resume, or in skills or certifications sections. However, when dividing into two columns, put an even number of items on either side. The first column should be at most a single line longer than the second. Balancing the columns both makes them look more orderly, and keeps the section from taking up too much space, increasing the overall length of your resume and distracting from the other sections.
Avoid too-short sections
Though breaking your resume into multiple sections can be a useful tactic for clarifying information and drawing attention to your most notable attributes, when possible avoid having any sections with only one item listed. While the required education section may be limited to one degree, most other sections are optional. If you can’t find at least three or four items for them, they can be safely left out, and their content included in other sections instead. A sparsely populated section can make it inaccurately appear as if you are lacking in the listed attribute. For instance, on this resume sample, the solitary listing in the Accomplishments section implies that the candidate has no other notable accomplishments. The mentioned promotion would be more effective listed under the work experience section.
Highlight your work experience with individual bullet points
As one of the most important parts of any resume, the work experience section always needs to look its best. Ensure all your achievements and responsibilities aren’t overlooked by listing each one on its own line with a bullet point. This allows a hiring director to see at a glance how many different things you accomplished at your previous job. By starting each point with a strong action word, you can emphasize the range of your duties and achievements. Wrong: Worked on all makes and models from simple oil changes to difficult engine overhauls. Ran diagnostic tests to ensure correct repairs would be made. Followed checklists to verify that all important parts were examined. Right:
Check your grammar
Even if you’re not applying for a language-focused job, using proper grammar shows the professionalism and attention to detail that is valued in employees in any profession. Always review your resume before submitting it, and double check any areas where you’re unsure about correct usage. In this resume sample, “Motorcycle mechanics institute” should be capitalized as “Motorcycle Mechanics Institute,” as it’s a school name. After looking over this bike mechanic resume sample, you should have a better idea how to make your own. Start right now by entering your own resume into QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.