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When you’re looking to advance your career you need to be sure that your resume is at least up to par with the rest of what’s on the hiring manager’s table. How do you get better than ‘up to par’? You compare your resume to sample resumes in the industry and learn how to set yourself apart from them.
Summary or Objective Statement?
Objective statements have largely been replaced by summaries. Instead of an objective statement, it is considered better to summarize your assets in order to get the attention of your prospective employer. There are some exceptions to this rule, though. If you are changing career paths or just starting your career, then it is acceptable to include an objective. Our candidate is currently working as a computer analyst and is looking to move up to computer analyst II with a new company. A better summary for this candidate would include his achievements, skills, and other aspects that are worth highlighting.
Double Check Your Spacing and Capitalization
The sample resume is mostly free of grammatical errors, but some of the words are jumbled together because the applicant neglected to put a space between. This could have been the result of a formatting error, but it is imperative that you check your resume before you submit it because these types of errors can be detrimental to your career search. Also, ensure that you’re applying proper capitalization rules. It doesn’t particularly matter if you’re using MLA, APA, or another writing style guide for capitalization, but make sure that you are consistent with that style throughout your resume. One word should never appear capitalized in one area of a resume and lowercase in another portion and vice versa (unless of course one of the occasions where it’s capitalized is the beginning of a sentence). If you’re not sure whether a noun should be capitalized, look it up. Improper capitalization shows that you’re not interested enough in your career to check whether or not a word or phrase is properly written.
Get Your Skills Noticed
The applicant in this sample resume has four columns listed in his resume, but only one of them is filled in. His table is shown below: Technical Skills Skills Experience Total Years Last Used OSX, VMWare HTTP/Apache, DNS/BIND, SSH, SNMP, DNS, If you have extra columns in your table, delete them. Instead of listing his skills in comma form, it would have looked much better if he had put them in a bulleted list. Also, make sure that you haven’t repeated any skills. Notice that the applicant included DNS twice in his list. Avoiding mistakes like these will keep your resume from looking like you carelessly rushed through the process when creating it.
Use Action Words
When you’re describing your duties at past positions, be sure to use action words to start the sentence. Instead of saying Responsible for training individuals, say, Trained individuals if the position is a past position. If it’s your current position, used the present tense: Training individuals. Use this format for the entirety of the duty descriptions in the experience section. Try not to be too redundant though. For example, our sample resume used the action word analyzed a bit too often. Synonyms he could have used include evaluated, examined, or translated depending on the duty he was specifically referring to. If you can’t think of a good synonym, don’t let your pride stop you from searching for them on the web or in a thesaurus. Now that you have these tips in mind, you’re ready to start your resume. Use Live Career’s Resume Builder to help you organize and create the resume that could land you the job.