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If you are in the process of applying for a new position, you want to make sure your resume offers the best first impression of you possible to the employer. To help you out with this, we have reviewed a Del Taco Team Member resume sample and have highlighted problematic areas. Pay close attention and avoid making the same common mistakes in your own resume writing.
Accomplishment section is for notable awards or specific accomplishments
If you have received awards or accomplished anything that can be described in numerical metrics, you can include an accomplishments section before the professional experience section. In this sample resume, that applicant has listed two such accomplishments. The third (conflict resolving) is certainly relevant but would be better suited under the highlights section. It is recommended that there is an accomplishments section only if the applicant has at least 3 specific items listed. Otherwise, this information can be included in the experiences section.
Always use bullets for listing information
The clarity of your resume is crucial so that the reader can move through the content easily. Otherwise, he or she may lose interest in a resume that is disorganized or has too much text. In this sample resume, the applicant has not used bullet points and therefore the experience section looks a bit sloppy. This can be solved easily by using bullet points. Notice the significant difference in these two entries: WRONG: Team Member November 2011 to CurrentDel Taco ? Canyon Country, CA Current job: keeping a clean work space, customer satisfaction, good communication, proper consumable and well made product, quick service RIGHT: Team Member November 2011 to Current Del Taco ? Canyon Country, CA
Notice how adding bullet points can immediately improve the readability of the presented information.
Use correct heading
Although basic format has been improved in the previous example, there are still areas that are problematic and need improvement. Listing your previous work experiences is one of the most important aspects of your resume, and you should take care to include specific detail about what each job required. In this sample resume, the applicant has used the following headers:
These headers are unnecessary. Instead, the reader should be able to denote whether or not you still work at a certain position based on the dates you have provided. Rather than simply listing jobs under a past work experience heading, the applicant should include descriptive information about each position. It is important to note that your potential employer will be more interested about what you have gained from your previous work than the title of the position. Building a professional profile means being able to articulate responsibilities in a meaningful manner.
Proofreading your resume is crucial. You could have included some of the most interesting and relevant information; however, if there are several typos or grammar mistakes, your reader may not take your application seriously. In this Del Taco Member sample resume, the applicant has not capitalized proper sections and therefore the resume looks a bit unprofessional at times. This could have been prevented through minor proofreading and edits. If you would like assistance with your resume writing, be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today. Learn more about the services available that can help you improve your resume significantly.