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A resume is the first impression your potential future employer will have of you, so why not make it the best it can be? A great way to make a stellar first impression is to look over sample resumes for commonly made errors. Weve asked our experts to give their feedback on this CFO resume sample so you can apply it to your own resume.
Make sure your Professional Summary is short and in paragraph form
The Professional Summary is designed to give you a chance to sell yourself as a potential asset to the company you want to work for. Employers expect this portion to be just one paragraph. It is also important to make sure it is no longer than 6 lines. This resume has a Summary that is broken up and much longer than it needs to be. It can be fixed by putting the sections together and removing some of the information or rewriting to save space.
Watch out for entry mistakes
There is a lot of information that goes into a resume, so it is understandable that small things like dates or locations can be mixed up. This resume lists 3 different jobs being held in the same one month, with the insinuation that the jobs are also all current. This is probably a copy/paste error that should be fixed by correcting the dates of employment.
Use bullet points to separate information
Listed information should always be separated by bullet points. This applicant puts employment history details in paragraph form. To fix this error, they would need to separate each point and give them all bullet points. WRONG: CFO Responsibilities for this company include both financial and operations areas, including finance, accounting, billing and collections, client relations, facilities, operations support, customer support, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, taxes and tax planning and reporting. Helped structure and carried out 2 acquisitions. Completed two system conversions and helped redesign operational flow of information leading to improved billing and collection of revenues. Helped increase revenues from $4 million to $10 million. RIGHT: CFO
Dont let your job details sound like a job description
When you come up with information to put in the Experience section, make sure to stick to specific projects or duties that you participated in. This resumes first bullet point (after we corrected it) sounds more like a job description written by the company than it does a rundown of the applicants specific experience. The writer could either take out that first bullet point completely or format it with more specific information, much like the three points that follow after it.
Use present tense for currently held positons
It makes sense to use past tense for jobs you had in the past, and it can be easy to mistakenly carry that into your current jobs description. Thats what this applicant does in her resume. To fix this kind of error, the writer would need to change all of her verbs to present tense.
Use big font
Always keep your font set at 10-pt or bigger, unlike this resume writer who opted for 8.5-pt font. Bigger font may cause your information to spill onto an extra page, but it makes reading easier. Dont bet on a potential employer continuing to read very long if they cant read your resume easily. Are you ready to get started on applying these CFO resume sample tips to your resume? Let QuintCareer’s Resume Builder do all the hard work for you.