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A strong resume makes the difference between getting called in for an interview and being unable to land a job. Most job seekers understand the importance of creating a resume that captures their abilities, but common mistakes are still made. Check out this business production manager resume sample to see how you can improve your resume.
Keep the organization of information in mind
Before we mention a couple minor ways to improve this resume, note that it is nearly perfect. If it were submitted, it would likely be very successful. However, every resume, regardless of how good it is, can be improved. For starters, rearranging this information slightly could make it easier to read. This resume is already very heavy on the bullet points; the summary could probably due to written in paragraph form. Remember that most writers make the mistake of not having enough bullets, so it is better to err on the side of too many. Still, changing up the format of your information keeps the reader from getting tired and quitting. You summary should be about four lines. Here, it is four lines, but the information is spread out more. Writing it in paragraph format would allow more information to be included. Finally, this resume is quite long. As a rule of thumb, your resume should fit on a single page unless it is covering more than 10 years of experience, as this one does. Still, even with the extensive history of this resume, it should only bleed onto a second page if it is absolutely necessary. There are a few ways this information could be condensed, so the writer should consider whether it would be possible to fit it on one page.
Secondly, this resume occasionally lets the language used slip. It is vital that you remain professional and formal throughout the entire document. Take a look at the first line of the accomplishments section: Oversaw savings in supply chain management to the tune of 5% on an annual purchase of $10 million Saying things like to the tune of is not appropriate. In addition to being unprofessional, it also sounds like bragging. This line is sure to put a certain number of employers that read it off this candidate. It is okay to add a personal touch in your summary, but it is not always a good idea. For the most part, this writer chose not to include a personal touch because of the kind of work they are pursuing. It is ultimately up to you to decide how you want to present the information.
Manage your experience bullets
Once again, the bullets cause a slight problem, this time in the experience section. Here is the first position listed: Production Manager July 2008 to November 2013 Tasman Hartford Co. ? Hartford, WI
This is exactly what you want your experiences to look like. Each position should have between five and eight bullets. This one has eight, which is right, but the final work experience has 12, which is too many. It is okay to go over if you have a shorter section, but the older jobs are less important, and should get fewer details. Create a resume that accurately and efficiently represents your skills and abilities. Use QuintCareer’s resume builder to get started.