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Applying for a job means crafting a resume that will showcase your qualifications and any experiences or qualities that could set you apart from other candidates. This process can seem daunting if you dont know what it takes to have the strongest resume possible. That is why we have reviewed a sample resume and pointed out sections that are problematic or could be reworked. Be sure to take note of these changes as they can help prevent you from making the same mistakes on your own resume.
Avoid using pronouns
The summary section provides a wonderful opportunity to make a statement that is authentic, bold, and captivating. The proper formatting for summaries consists of concise statements in the form of fragments. Using the first-person I is certainly appropriate for cover letters, but try to avoid using that or any other pronouns in the summary section.
Because resumes are brief in nature, repetition is easily noted. A repeated word is also somewhat of a waste because you should only be writing but so many lines/items under each category. Be sure to use words as economically as possible. Notice the difference between these two summaries: WRONG: Dedicated Community Service Coordinator eager to pursue a higher level within the City of San Mateo Parks and Receration Department. I am skilled, dedicated and ready to advance my recreational career. RIGHT: Passionate Community Service Coordinator eager to pursue a higher level within the City of San Mateo Parks and Receration Department. Posesses specialized skills and a dedication to advancement within the recreational career. Simply exchanging repeated words can make a significant impact on your application.
Limit items listed under each experience
Providing a detailed description of your responsibilities for each job is crucial to the resume. However, listing too many items for each previous job can seem long-winded. Bear in mind that the employer who will read this will most likely be reading several other applications. Therefore you want to make sure that the descriptions are as brief and accurate as possible. Ideally there should only be between five and eight bullets under each previous job listed. Under the second job listed, the applicant has added thirteen bullets of information. This overwhelms the page and runs the risk of overwhelming the reader and losing his or her attention.
Equally important as what is on your resume is how it is written. If a resume appears sloppy or poorly crafted, then you might lose your chance at making an incredible first impression. Be sure that all necessary information is filled in, spelling is correct, and you have used proper grammar. In this sample Community Service Coordinator resume, the applicant has failed to check over the last portion of the resume and the words Will fill this in later remain under the last section. This can give off the impression that the resume was written quickly and the applicant was not concerned to completing it fully. A resume that is ready for submission should be read over multiple times and perhaps even turned in to someone else for checking. Writing your resume may seem like an overwhelming task, but it is truly an exciting opportunity to put your best foot forward. You might consider consulting the experts if you are ready to move forward with this process. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder if you are interested in having your resume reviewed in the way that we have looked at this sample resume for a Community Service Coordinator.