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When you are updating your resume, be careful to avoid common mistakes that can cost you an interview. Weve complied a database of expert advice regarding professional resumes. Take a look at this business development resume and incorporate the suggestions for improvement into your editing process.
Make the Most of Your Summary
Your summary is the elevator pitch of your resume. If you arent familiar with business pitching, an elevator pitch is a 30-second presentation designed to enthrall investors. Basically, you need to put draw attention to your most compelling professional merits and skills. Dont include minute details like graduation dates or places of employment. Focus on your broad skills, traits and experiences. Think about what kinds of qualities would help someone succeed in the desired position. In your summary, take the opportunity to show that you are the ideal candidate. In the sample, the summary is only one sentence long. While the sentence is full of great information, this section is usually 4-6 lines long. In the resume, space is hard to come by so when you have it, use it. A better summary might look like: Award winning business development and marketing professional with seven years of full-time work experience in the financial services, insurance and real estate industries. Highly motivated business development specialist skilled with account management and marketing campaigns. Interpersonal relations expert with track record of superior networking and sales in a business development environment.
Fill Your Accomplishments Section or Leave It Out
When a professional has years of experience, they often have the opportunity to collect a myriad of awards for excellent or superior work. While this accomplishments are important, they dont always fit within the experience or highlights sections. Thus, these accomplishments can often have their own section. However, the accomplishments section should have at least three bullets in order to make it compelling. In this particular case, the candidate doesnt have three major awards or accomplishments listed. As such, this candidate should skip this section and consider using a qualifications or highlights section instead. Here, the applicant can use strong professional qualities as well as this award to fill out the section in a catching way. Conversely, the applicant can also put the award under the relevant job title as a bullet.
Make Your Experience Easy to Scan
The first component to a quality resume is great information. The second is visual appeal. Without both, a professional resume is unlikely to stand out from the rest of the stack. This resume isnt too crowded, but the experience section is particularly difficult to read. To fix this, the candidate need better spacing and bullets. Remember, bullets are much easier to read than paragraphs. The hiring manager can easily scan your resume and find relevant responsibilities from your work history. Generally, each instance of employment will warrant 5-8 bullets. Phrases should be short and begin with strong action words. In this case, the applicant did a great job filling in the information, but need help with presentation. A revised experience section might look like: Experience NC Business Development Manager 03/2012 Current Investors Title Insurance Company Chapel Hill, NC
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