If you are searching for a job, your resume is your most important tool. To help you create a document that captures your skills and experiences in an efficient and effective way, LiveCareer has compiled tips and advice to help you get started. Take a look at this customer service hostess resume sample to see what mistakes you can avoid on your own resume.
Start with a strong summary
Your summary starts your resume, so it is important that you sell yourself immediately. Many employers will never read past the summary unless they are hooked, so do not hold back. It is best if you can fill about four lines with information about your skills, abilities, professional traits, and experiences. This sample summary is a little on the short side, but the content is strong. There simply needs to be about twice as much of it for the section to meet the standard requirements. The writer could include more information about their experiences and how long they have been working in the related field.
Managing your experiences section
Once you have finished your introduction with a summary and skills highlight, move on to the most important section of your resume: the experiences section. This is where you will include the most in-depth information about what responsibilities you have had in the past and what skills you have acquired. This sample resume gets the experiences nearly perfect, so pay close attention to the format. Each position has a bullet list going into detail and each point starts with a strong action verb. Typically, you want to include five to eight bullets for each position, but more important jobs can have more, as seen in the second position detailed. Currently held jobs are in present tense and all others are in past tense. The only mistake this sample makes is starting a few of the later points with adverbs. When fixed, it will look like this: Day Manager Fashion 40 Lounge New York, NY
Finish with your education
He education section only needs to be a brief section that includes the location and area of study and either the upcoming or previous graduation date. This section simply says Current but it could be more effective to list the anticipated graduation date if it is known. Additionally, it is typically unnecessary to include the high school education unless it is the only education you have. Even with in-progress college education, you can leave off your high school education.
Add optional sections
If you have any extra space or you want to vary the content, you can add some optional sections. These can include Accomplishments, Awards, Affiliations, Certifications, Licenses, or others. If you choose to list accomplishments or awards, it can go just before your experiences section, otherwise put additional section at the end of your resume. This resume has a little extra space at the bottom that would be beneficial to fill, but it is also small enough to be acceptable. Ultimately, you should try to judge for yourself what impression employers will have before starting reading. LiveCareer provides tools, tips, and samples to help you create a resume that is up to the high standard set by employers. Be sure to use our Resume Builder to make sure your resume is well formatted and written.