To get started on your own resume, take a look at this environmental engineer student resume sample. At LiveCareer, we provide resume writers with all the expert advice and helpful tips that they need to create a document that shows off their abilities to employers. Find out what common mistakes others have made before you.
Before taking a look at any specific mistakes, look at this resume as a whole. It is organized very effectively. Everything is neat and inviting. Once you begin reading, however, do you immediately get tired? This resume utilizes large blocks of text, but it does manage to mitigate the negative appearance. While this is a step in the right direction, it is much more effective if you are able to avoid overwriting in the first place. It all starts in the summary. It does a good job at including skills and personal traits, but it is wordy. It does not need to include education information, as that will be detailed later. Your summary should only be about four lines.
Next, a highlight of skills is included. Once again, this section is too long. The two column format is good, but there should be no more than four or five in each column. With 24 bullets total, this section is far too bloated. Some of the points are vague and uninteresting, such as Typing and Easy going. Come can be combined, like Always early to work and Rarely miss a day or Work well as a team player and Hard worker. Only one of the bullets is more than a single line, which disrupts the consistency. Additionally, this information is too varied. It is good to cover a lot of information, but mixing personal attributes and specific training points makes the information convoluted.
By taking a look at the experience section, it starts to become clear why the previous sections took so much space. The writer was trying to cover up their shorter working experience by increasing the length of the summary and highlights. While it would be better to include volunteer work or internships to fill this gap, the experience section is already much smaller than it has to be. Simply formatting it as a bulleted list, as it should be, would increase its length, allowing other sections to be shortened. Instead of the paragraph, which is written in a personal voice, a professional list of skills and experiences should be crafted. Do not use personal pronouns and focus on your responsibilities while working. Even though this writer has less information to work with, they can still create a decent experience section.
Finally, the education section is also too long. The main problem is the inclusion of the second paragraph. The first should probably be taken out as well, but it is technically acceptable to include clarification or explanation. This should, however, still be professional and omit personal pronouns, such as I and us. Instead of saying something like, I am currently working toward my Associates Degree you can simply list the expected date of graduation. This wastes less space, but the extra information is also more useful to employers. It is also generally unnecessary to include any mention of your high school diploma. The only time this would be useful is if you do not have any college experience at all. While the education section should be one of your absolute briefest, this resume might also benefit from adding an optional section, detailing accomplishments, certifications, awards, or affiliations. Use the LiveCareer Resume Builder to get started on your resume. Find out what employers are looking for, then create a document that will increase your chances of getting an interview as much as possible.