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Spell out acronyms when using them the first time
You should not assume that the readers of your resume know what all the acronyms stand for. Acronyms should be spelled out the first (or only) time that they are used. In this resume, instead of CBRF certified, it should be Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) certified and then just CBRF can be used later if it is needed.
Keep relevant information together and dont overdo it
This resume has too many bullet points in the Highlights section, and some of the items dont belong there at all. Best to rename Highlights to Areas of Expertise/Skills and replace the last four bullet points with a second paragraph in the Summary section: Complex problem solver, cheerful and energetic, approachable and patient. This will make expertise/skills section much more focused, and will enhance the Summary section with information about the applicants personality.
Use bullets in lists
One of the most important characteristics of a good resume is its readability. You want to make the resume look good, but even more important, you want your potential employer to be able to get all of your relevant information in a reader-friendly way. The use of bullets in lists is a great way to do this. Instead of: Assisted residents in activities of daily living, floortime and free time activities. Taught life skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, hygiene, and toileting. Redirected residents to encourage safe, positive behaviors. Organized activities that developed residents’ physical, emotional and social growth. Physically and verbally interacted with children throughout the day. Made nutritious snacks and meals for the residents. Do this:
See how much easier that is to read? It makes the important information really stand out.
Change to present tense for current job information
The applicant is still working at the Genesee Lake School, so these job description duties should be given in the present tense. Instead of Assisted residents in activities of daily living, floortime and free time activities, it should be Assist residents in activities of daily living, floortime and free time activities. All of the sentences in this section should be changed accordingly.
Add more points to the job information
You should try to list (again, in bullet form) around five to eight points for each position. Also, each point should begin with an action word, so instead of Direct care of individuals who have intellectual and physical disabilities, many medically fragile, it should read Delivered direct care to individuals who have intellectual and physical disabilities, many medically fragile. Starting from scratch is the old way to build a great resume. Today, you can use the samples at Live Careers Resume Builder to create a tailored resume that helps distinguish you from all the other applicants, and that portrays your very best self.