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A quality resume is the keystone of any job search. You can do everything else right, but if you do not have the resume to back up your efforts, chances are low that you will go far. Luckily, were giving you a head start. We had a few experts analyze a Coffee Barista resume sample. They found several common mistakes and explained how you can avoid making them. The next few paragraphs explain how to refine your resume to impress employers.
Polish the Summary section
Your Summary section is a brief statement of why a business should hire you. It lists what you have to offeryour experience, two or three skill sets and relevant personality traits or soft skills. Use four, five or six lines for it, and write in paragraph form. Use sentence fragments, and avoid bullet points. The section in this resume sample is a decent start. It needs some proofreading; customers should be customers, and there are issues with parallelism. More than those issues, though, it needs polishing, buffing up. This applicant has more than enough experience and skills to provide the relevant background, skill sets and personality traits. WRONG Experienced in taking and preparing food and drink orders, dealing with customers complaints and worries, operating cash registers, closing paperwork and bank deposits, always in a timely fashion. BETTER More than seven years of experience taking and preparing food, coffee and drink orders. Thrive under pressure and resolve customer complaints with ease. Credentials include saving $10,000 for ABC coffee shop after implementing changes for slower days. Bring exceptional customer service and money-handling skills to work every day.
Maximize the Accomplishments/Awards section
If you decide to include a section for Accomplishments/Awards, it needs to be at least three bullet points. Otherwise, you are better off including these accomplishments and awards with the relevant job in the Experience section. Also, include quantifiable metrics such as Boosted profitability by 20% by ABC or Spearheaded cost reductions to save the business $1,000 monthly. In this resume sample, the first accomplishment is so vague as to be worthless. What does recognized by peers, management and customers mean? The second accomplishment is great but needs metrics. How much money did the barista save the company? She also does not say for which company she accomplished this. At any rate, given that this is the only true accomplishment, this section is unnecessary, and this accomplishment needs to go with the matching job experience description.
Stay away from using high school information
A common error on resumes is listing education in the order it was received, starting from high school to the most recent coursework. Interestingly, many resumes that do this list job experience correctly, starting with the current position and working backward. In any case, unless high school is the only education you have received, dont list it at all. This resume sample has college information, so theres no need for high school information from 2001. The college entry needs work, though. When was she enrolled in Lansing Community College? Is she working toward a degree? The resume does not say. If you took classes but did not obtain a degree, list the relevant dates and say, Coursework in XX, Name of School. In this case, it would be, Coursework in Writing, Lansing Community College. Bonus tip: There is no need to list United States. Employers in the country know where Michigan is. Writing an impressive Coffee Barista resume is simple, and perhaps even fun, when you know what to do. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today for the inside track on creating an effective resume that has employers calling you.