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When you are getting ready to submit your resume, you’ll want to be sure that it is formatted correctly and written in the most engaging and professional way. In order to facilitate this process for you, we’ve had experts review this Community College Professor resume sample to identify the mistakes that are detracting from it, and had them suggest rewrites and other improvements. The notes in this sample will help you in preparing your resume for its final version.
Do not use personal pronouns anywhere in your resume
A resume describes the qualification of a potential job candidate, and is not meant to be the job candidate’s personal statement as to why they should be hired. These statements are perfect for a cover letter, but in a resume the best practice is to avoid talking about oneself. Think of statements in your resume as first-person sentences with the personal pronoun removed. Rather than a Profile, write a Summary.
Separate information into appropriate categories
A summary is a great place to provide an overview of experience and a few skill sets and personality traits. An exhaustive list should have its own separate Skills or Training section. It is fine to repeat a couple items in the summary, but most items should show up in their own sections. A Skills section should be in bullet list rather than paragraph form, with no periods. WRONG: Professional Profile Teaching has assisted me with management experience and exceptional people skills. Versed in time management and organizational skills. I desire a challenging role as an upstanding community servant. Computer literate, extensive experience with Blackboard, inclusive involvement with D Level and DD level children, one on one reading tutor, individual instruction, able to respond to individual, group, and dynamic needs, semi-bilingual and multi-cultural sensitive. RIGHT: Professional Summary Dedicated teacher with over 20 years of experience. Management experience and exceptional people skills. Versed in time management and organizational skills. Able to respond to individual, group, and dynamic needs. Desires a challenging role as an upstanding community servant. Skills
All lists should be in bullet point format
The specific duties of jobs in the Experience section can be emphasized by being in bullet lists. This will make your resume easier to read and appear more professional. There should be 5-8 bullet points per job entry. Make sure to start points with a strong action verb and end with a period. WRONG: Mora Independent Schools August 2012 to March 2013 Teacher Mora, New Mexico
RIGHT: Mora Independent Schools August 2012 to March 2013 Teacher Mora, New Mexico
If you use an abbreviation, make sure to spell it out unless it is very commonly known
You should always spell out the words in an abbreviation so that people can know what they’re reading about. This will especially be relevant if you are switching to a different industry, but it’s a practice that should always be followed. In the sample, CPR, MATD, and IEP should all be written out fully on their first occurrence in the document.
Do not include your hobbies, interests, or personal information
A resume is a place to describe your qualifications, not what you like to do for fun. This has to do with keeping everything in your resume relevant. Volunteer work and attending seminars are great things to include, but steer away from the personal fluff. Is your resume in its optimal state? Make sure it is when you use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.