Correctional officers hold integral positions in society and can usually enjoy pay and benefits fitting to those positions. If you are breaking into the field, or if you want to take a step up in your career, we can help. This correctional officer resume has been analyzed and critiqued by our best resume experts. It is full of examples that show the easiest and most common places for improvement. Follow this advice and you can create a highly polished resume that is sure to improve your career.
Include a summary
This example is full of good content and strong reasons to hire the candidate. The biggest problem is that it jumps right into the lists without setting any context. Introductions are important for breaking people, especially new acquaintances, into a state that is ready to receive information. Just as you would shake hands and exchange pleasantries when you meet an interviewer, your resume needs an icebreaker of sorts. That is the purpose of the summary. It lets the reader get to know you and the gist of your resume before they dive into the meat of the information. The section should read as a four to six line sales pitch, designed to sell the rest of the document. It needs to include brief introductions to your skills and experience in a way that will make hiring managers want to read more. Paragraph format is advised, but you should avoid personal pronouns. This means that the sentences will usually come out as fragments, but that is acceptable here.
Optimize the experience entries
The experience or work history is usually one of the primary points of interest for an interviewer. While the rest of the resume certainly carries weight, this is the section that really lets them gauge you as an employee. In every section it is important to present information in a manner that holds interest and does not invite readers to skim or skip ahead. If a section is more important, then the presentation holds additional weight. Typically, you should aim to have five to eight bullet points for each listed job. This is considered the optimal amount of information, as it avoids overwhelming readers with too much information or underwhelming them with a barren or unimpressive entry. If you have a job with more than eight points that you think are worth mentioning, it is best to create visible separation of those points to keep them from becoming an intimidating wall of text. Moving points to other sections, or creating new sections when necessary is the best way to achieve this. When you have trouble listing enough points for a job, try to get specific. The job description for many entry level positions can feel mediocre, but if you concentrate on individual challenges or trials that came with the job, you can still highlight the value you gained from the position.
Only use bullets when appropriate
The education section in this example tries to expand on the good use of bullets found in the rest of the document. This can be a two-edged sword. Bullet lists are excellent for formatting dense sections of information, but when you apply them to areas that are less rich in information, they can serve to highlight how little is really there. Usually, if you cannot muster three solid points in a bulleted list, it is better to avoid their implementation. In the case of this education section, it would be better to list that exact point without the bullet. Explaining the current educational status is important, but if you really wanted to keep the list in this resume, then it would be best to include some other applicable aspects of the education. Group memberships, campus work, research positions or completed courses that directly apply to the job application could all be reasonable additions. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder can take this advice even further. Use it to build your resume for the best possible results.