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When you craft the right resume your chances of successfully pursuing the right job increase exponentially. With the help of resume experts you can construct a document that accurately demonstrates your relevant qualifications, experiences, and educational background, making you indeed look like the person for the job. This construction superintendent resume sample is a working example of a resume that has some things correct, but has made some general errors that should be avoided for future reference.
Modernize your statement of purpose
Your summary is not the same thing as a statement of purpose, and the statement of purpose’s role in a resume has been, for the most part, retired. Your summary should not consist of a statement regarding your hopeful placement within a given company and why you’d like the job. WRONG: Summary To obtain a position where I may use my extensive knowledge from the past 20+ years of experience working in the construction industry. Instead, your summary should act as a vibrant spiel that works as a 30-second elevator pitch. It should be around 4-6 lines of content that proudly express who you are, what you’ve done, and why you’re great. A statement of purpose doesn’t usually tell a potential employer anything important about you. However, a summary that expresses, with brevity, why you’re the person for the job is wholly valuable.
Appropriately order and label your sections
One of the easiest errors for potential employers to quickly spot is the problem of redundant sections or sections that don’t match the information given. For instance, a skills section should only consist of skills- it should not have skills, education, and certifications. WRONG: Skills MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and American Contractor. Certified to operate forklift, gradeall, and scissor lift. RIGHT: Licenses
Most resumes follow this order: summary, skills, achievements, work experience, education, and licenses. Having two skills sections is unnecessary and unhelpful, while the opposite is true of having an appropriate skills section and an appropriate licenses section.
Do not include your high school education
Unless you are a teenager with next to no work experience and you need to put something on your resume, do not include your high school education. This is particularly the case in situations where resume-writers have higher education experience or coursework that involve certifications. WRONG: 1990 Los Rios Community College Placerville, CA Some course work completed 1989 El Dorado High School Placerville, CA High School Diploma RIGHT 1990 Los Rios Community College Placerville, CA 90 credits of coursework completed Employers are not looking to see that you completed high school. They are far more interested in what your most recent educational work has been in, and what it is you’ve been doing at higher education institutions. Try to include relevant details about completed coursework, campus engagement, and internships if you can to give employers an idea of what it is you’ve achieved at any given institution.
Don’t be frugal with bullet points
Whenever you start a list, consider whether or not a bullet point structure would be useful. For the vast majority of cases, your answer will be a resounding “yes.” Bullet points help break up overly long sentences and divide out important details that employers are looking for. WRONG: Skills
Splitting up keywords and qualifications with bullet points also assists in making your resume look more professional and well-rounded as a whole. Construct your own impressive resume with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder. With LiveCareer you can put the advice you just learned to use and gain further knowledge about how to make the best resume you can.