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If you are in the process of seeking a new position, you know how important a first impression can be. In the hiring process, first impressions are usually obtained through your resume. The resume is an excellent way to showcase your qualifications and achievements. In order to help you craft your strongest resume, we have taken a look at a sample Casepack Operator resume and have highlighted areas that could be rewritten. Be sure to take note of these corrections, as they can help you avoid making the same mistakes in your own resume.
Avoid using first-person
Using first-person in a resume has an effect of informality. First-person usage is typically designed for cover letters, where you can elaborate upon your reason for applying for a given position. In this sample resume, the applicant has supplied valuable information in the Summary section; however, using concise fragments is actually the better form for this. When you are writing your summary, write as though you are reporting on someone else. Notice the difference in these two summaries: WRONG: Summary I am a very motivated student studying Mechanical Engineering. I strive for the possibility of new creations and hope to one day be a part of it. I am a very detail-oriented person, and a fast paced quick learner. I work well under pressure, and I have had experience in productivity requirements and customer service. I also have great communication skills, as well as a passion for being a leader. RIGHT: Summary Motivated Mechanical Engineering student with a knack for creativity. Detail-oriented and can learn quickly in a fast-paced environment. Excellent communication skills and a passion for leadership. The summary section is the place for you to truly sell what can set you apart from other applicants. Note how the original version can easily be consolidated into two lines through basic modifications.
Always use bullet points when making lists
Proper formatting is crucial when it comes to writing your resume. Although it may seem like a superfluous detail, using bullets greatly improves the readability of your resume. One that is poorly-crafted can look sloppy, and a potential employer may not take yours seriously if it lacks basic form. Note the changes made to the Accomplishments section: WRONG: Accomplishments -Earned a perfect attendance record for one full year. -Recorded numbers of units handled and moved, using daily production sheets or work tickets. -Recognized by peers and management for going above and beyond normal job functions. -Recognized by customer for going above and beyond for their satisfaction. -Recognized by scholars for exceptional creativity in the subject of writing. -Facilitator for a charity group which raises money for cancer in order to support the research for the possible cure. -Presenting
Notice also how much was taken out. The applicant had listed information that wasnt necessarily relevant to the accomplishments section.
Less is more
Ideally, resumes should be no longer than two pages. This means that every point made should be specific and meaningful. Because employers will be reading several resumes, you want to make sure yours stands out. As general rule of thumb, each header should never have more than ten points to it. If you are interested in consulting the experts for help with your application, be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today.