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Practically all jobs are going to require you to submit a resume first before calling you in for an interview. Therefore, you want to spend plenty of time making sure yours is properly formatted and there are no typos or else you could be facing an uphill battle trying to get a new job. Our experts want to tip the odds into your favor, so they have reviewed a dump truck driver resume sample to see what general lessons can be learned from it.
Have at least three skills within each column
Although it is suitable to have two columns within your resumes skills section, you want to make sure there are a minimum of three points in both columns if you are going to do that. This sample resume has three skills in the first column but only one in the second. In this particular scenario, it would be preferable to simply have one column by putting that one skill in with the rest. The other option would be to come up with a couple more skills you possess that you could add to the second column.
Bullet points should be used for your accomplishments and experiences
There is a certain format employers expect to see with all resumes, and that includes seeing bullet points within the parts titled Accomplishments and Experience. As can be observed on this resume sample, all the material is presented as paragraphs. That is incorrect, and you would want to break up all the individual statements by giving each one its own bullet point. Therefore, if we were to reformat the Accomplishments part, then it would look something like this:
Make sure your accomplishments are actually noteworthy
Although the above list is how an accomplishments section should look like, this sample resume may not need one at all. Having a part of your resume like this is completely optional, and it should be reserved for things you did at past jobs that were truly notable. Taking a look at this list, this points just sound like general responsibilities that would be expected of him as a dump truck driver. He really does not need to put them in their own section, and they would be better utilized within his experience section.
Use correct tenses
Good grammar is important on a resume. It shows that you are diligently going through everything and making sure everything is absolutely perfect before sending it in. However, one thing that is easy to overlook is the grammatical tenses you use when describing your work experience. The point given for his time working at Brady Trucking is written incorrectly, and we would want to fix it by writing it like this:
Have plenty of points for every job
It is a fair assumption that this person did a lot more at Brady Trucking than simply deliver gravel to various work sites. You want to give a prospective employer a clear picture of what you did at every job, and that generally means having more than just one point. In fact, it is recommended you have at least five for every place of work. This will let an employer know if you have the experiences necessary to succeed at this new position. A resume that is already good can be made a lot better with a few simple changes. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is also available in case you need some more help crafting a resume that truly shines.