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A strong resume can make the difference between getting called for an interview and never hearing back. We are here to help you when it comes time to write yours. Use the following cost analyst resume sample, as well as the expert advice we have provided, to make sure your resume is accurate and effective. Learn what mistakes others like you have made.
Take a look at your resume
Before any specific mistakes are pointed out, take a look at this resume in its entirety. Do not even bother reading it. Imagine you are an employer looking at this resume for the first time. Does it look inviting? The text is small and clumped together, it is difficult to tell the different sections apart, and it only fills half the page. Most employers would not spend very much time with this resume, if any. Sometime you need to get a feel for fluid ways to improve your resume, instead of finding specific technical mistakes. To start, there is no reason for the text to be so small, especially the headers. Additionally, the headers for each section should be made to stand out more so the information appears more organized. They should be aligned to a different point than the rest of the information, but you can also underline, bold, or highlight them in some other way. There are no hard rules about this, so figure out how you want your resume to be presented.
Manage your summary
Next, take a look at the summary. Here it is in its entirety: Highly motivated young businessperson with 1+ year of experience in various types of financial analysis in an ambiguous, often cross-functional environment. To start, this resume should be extended. A good goal is to fill four lines with your summary. The information is serviceable, but there is not enough of it. That being said, the content itself can also be improved. It tries to give the impression of various experiences from many different areas, which can be effective, but it had an adverse effect in this resume. Because no specific information was provided, it does not paint the writer in a good light. You should mix direct, specific expertise in with your general information about many different aspects. Be sure to also include skills, qualifications, and working experiences.
Find the appropriate length
By far, the biggest problem this resume suffers from is its length. It is incredibly important to completely fill one page with information. You should not bleed onto a second page unless you have more than 10 years of working experience. It can be very difficult to include enough information to fill your resume out, but it is important to do so. Failing to do so will give employers the impression that you are not qualified or experienced. In this resume, the summary can be extended as discussed above, and more information can be added to the experience section. You should have between five and eight points for each position. When you only have a couple positions, as this resume does, you can include a little more information for each to help mitigate the impression of less experience. The education section can also be extended. Finally, extra information can be added as an entirely new section. Content detailing internships, volunteer work, impressive schooling experiences, affiliations, awards, licenses, or certification should be added if available. When you are ready to begin work on your resume, turn to LiveCareer to get started. Our tips and tricks as well as our resume builder tool with make it easy to accurately and effectively capture your professional career and give a good impression to employers.