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It’s no laughing matter when resumes are improperly designed or formatted. Resumes are the best way to communicate your qualifications quickly and impersonally to a potential employer, and should be treated with respect and importance. The following biology student resume sample contains mistakes that many resumes make. Studying the deconstruction of those mistakes can help you avoid those errors in the creation of your own resume.
Beef up your experience section
Particularly for younger candidates, having not enough work experience to list on your resume may become a problem. Work experience is important evidence of your ability to perform certain functions and skills in a work place atmosphere, and potential employers are really looking to see that you can do what you say you can do through the work you’ve already done. WRONG: Experience Park Attendant 03/2010 ? Current Folly Beach Fishing Pier Folly Beach, SC I have worked as a park attendant at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier for the past four years. I interact with customers on a day-to-day basis giving information about fishing on the pier and doing rod rentals. I work also as a cashier in the gift shop and have retail experience. This resume only lists this segment for its experience section. If you have only one or two jobs to list, but those jobs include other jobs within them, it might be worth listing those “interior” jobs as separate. For instance, this resume could have listed working as a cashier in the gift shop as a separate position. You can also use volunteer work if you really don’t have any other experience to mention.
To use or not to use: high school experience
With the vast majority of resumes, there’s no need to include high school education information. Many resumes include several previously-held positions and higher institutions that they can describe in the place of talking extensively about high school experience. However, in some instances it may be appropriate. WRONG: Education 2012 High School Diploma: Academic Magnet High School North Charleston, SC Member of Sailing Club Member of Sailing Club Race Team Freshman-Senior Year Team Captain Sailing Club Junior and Senior National Honors Society Member Key Club Member Key Club Treasurer Senior Year REACH (raise money underprivileged children) member REACH treasurer Junior and Senior Year Piano Complete thesis on Child Soldier Reintegration in Sierra Leone and Mozambique: Understanding Social, Economic, and Political Factors Presented Thesis at Academic Magnet High School, College of Charleston, and Presbyterian College This is not one of those instances. The applicant has higher education to list, and instead of focusing on everything that they did in high school, should have pulled out only the relevant information and listed that in a separate section. Try to focus on involvement in institutions and colleges rather than what was done in high school.
Use an appropriate summary
Summaries no longer function as statements of purpose. Statements of purpose are generally agreed upon to be redundant and unnecessary, and should not take up the space that a valuable summary could be in. WRONG: Summary I am a rising sophomore at Clemson University majoring in Biological Science and am looking to gain experience in the field. Summaries should be at least four sentences long and should run, at the maximum, up to six. Summaries should perform the same function as a 30-second verbal elevator pitch would. Include important skills, qualifications, and personal traits that are relevant to the position at hand, and really work to creatively show your potential employer who you are and why they should hire you. Now get started on your own resume with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. Putting some quick tips and tricks to work on your resume can make a world of a difference in crafting something that is sure to land you, if not the job, then at least the interview.