It can be time-consuming to write and perfect a resume. If youre working and looking for another job at the same time, you might not have the extra time to spend fine-tuning your resume. Lucky for you, were here to help. We asked experts for advice on how to make real-life resumes better so you can avoid making these common errors.
Use the right accomplishments
In the accomplishments section of your resume, you should list a few of what you consider to be your greatest career successes. Generally you should include at least three bullets with achievements. The sample resume includes a Skills and Accomplishments section with three total items that might be better in different locations. Here are the three items that the sample applicant lists. Private tutoring experience for preschool and kindergarten children; Includes Learn through playing. PYP experienced Launched annual Spelling Bee Competition Private tutoring experience and PYP experience could both be moved to the applicants Highlights section. If that were done, the item about the Spelling Bee could be moved down into job experience. Apply this to your own resume by making sure that the accomplishments section is an impressive bulleted list of your successes, each of which start with hard-hitting action verbs.
Check for errors
Even if you think you have laid your resume out perfectly, you should always go back and check numerous times. You will likely include bullets in several locations. If you do this, make sure that you have not added extra bullets or accidentally bulleted a part of a phrase. This sample resume contains a few instances of a bullet breaking up what should have been one item. During another read-through the applicant surely would have noticed these mistakes and been able to fix them quickly.
Flesh out summary
The summary section of a resume is your chance to show potential employers where you shine and what your greatest strengths are. Because of its position near the top of the resume, theres a greater chance of it getting read right away. Dont miss this chance to make a strong first impression. The applicant that created this sample included a nice, brief statement as her summary, but she could have included several more details to make the section stronger. Length guidelines for the summary specify that it should be about four to six lines long. Heres an example of how the sample applicants summary could be reworked. WRONG: Dedicated educator committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive for all students. RIGHT: Dedicated educator committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and supportive for all students. Expert classroom-handling skills. Impressive track record of encouraging children to learn and tracking their growth. Advanced degree demonstrates commitment to the field of education. A resume is not a place to sell yourself short. See how, with just a few small changes, this summary is now a vibrant picture of the applicant.
While acronyms might make perfect sense to you, they wont always make sense to your reader. Even if the acronyms are generally well-known in your industry, the person evaluating your resume might be a recruiter or HR professional who might not be up on all the industry jargon. Because of this, it is best to keep acronyms to a minimum unless its a very well-known acronym like NASA or USA. For example, the sample applicant uses the acronyms CELTA, PYP and IEPS in their resume. It would be better to spell out the acronym on the first reference and use the abbreviation on any subsequent references. Hopefully, these tips made you think of ways that you can improve your own English teacher resume. Try crafting the perfect resume now with QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.