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When applying for jobs, your resume is what gets you in the door. Because it is so important to have a strong resume that captures your skills and experiences in a concise and efficient manner, check out this elementary school tutor resume sample to learn how to best craft your own. Some simple improvements have been made so you can avoid making the same mistakes.
Start with a summary instead of objectives
The first problem with this resume is the objective section at the beginning. This used to be the accepted format, but the standard has changed. Now, it is assumed that your objective is to work hard and earn the position you are applying for. This summary should provide a quick overview of your abilities and skill set. Aim for about four lines. In this objective section, the first sentence accomplishes this goal well: Dedicated and focused Administrative and Legal Assistant who excels at prioritizing, completing multiple tasks simultaneously, and following through to achieve project goals. This is the kind of language and content that your summary should include. The second half is clearly more goal oriented: Seeking a role of increased responsibility and authority. This is the part that falls into the outdated format. This is unnecessary information for employers. An objective section may be appropriate if your goals are unusual, such as when applying for a promotion or completely changing careers.
Make your accomplishments section worthwhile
The accomplishments/achievement section of your resume is optional. If you are going to include it, make sure you have at least three items to include, and they are all relevant and impressive. This accomplishments list is problematic because the listed points are not actually accomplishments. There are multiple options for fixing it. These points, as they are, could be consolidated with the highlights section. As an example, look at the first item: Generated, typed, formatted and edited letters, documents, motions, briefs and client forms. It is really just listing a skill the candidate has, rather than an accomplishment. To warrant its own section, it would need to be results focused, such as the third item: Increased office organization by developing more efficient filing system and customer database protocols. In this how all the accomplishments should be written. Alternatively, this section could simply be taken out. It is optional and the resume is already too long.
Do not add a personal information section
There is time to get to know the employer personally and to share personal facts once you have an interview. The purpose of the resume is to get you in the door, and adding a personal section will not help with that. The additional information at the end of this resume looks like this: ASSOCIATIONS
PERSONAL Involved in breast cancer treatment fundraising, Youth sports volunteer with SYFL, active in community with direct sales, avid traveler and sports fan. In this case, the Additional Information header should be replaced with Associations and the personal information should be removed. If the writer was insistent about including this information, they could decide what character traits they are trying to portray, such as caring or energetic, and state them directly in the highlights section, instead of providing indirect examples here. Volunteer work can be included in your experience section.
Keep it short
Finally, this resume is too long. Unless you are capturing 10+ years of work history, only use one page. To shorten it, this resume could alter the accomplishments page as discussed above, remove the personal section, and make the experience section more compact. Use these tips to avoid the common mistakes with your elementary school tutor resume. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder makes it easy to create a resume that looks good to employers.