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Applying for a new position can be an exciting process that allows you to make the best first impression possible. This can be done through crafting an excellent resume that showcases your unique professional experiences and unique qualifications. A great resume has the potential to demonstrate who you are professionally and can also potentially set you apart from other applicants. In order to help you out with this process, we have studied and reviewed a sample Equestrian Specialist Intern resume and pointed out areas that could be improved or rewritten. If you pay close attention to these sections, you could avoid making the same common mistakes on your own resume.
Avoid listing objective statements in summary
Although the summary may seem like an appropriate place to mention why you are applying for a certain position, doing so is not necessary. The employer should be able to deduce your objective for submitting the resume and therefore, the objective statement is not necessary. In this sample resume, the applicant has listed only an objective statement as the summary. Many applicants do not realize the potential of a great summary. Think of the summary as a sales pitch that showcases your professional qualifications. The best summaries are no longer than 6 lines and are written in brief, concise statements.
Always use bullet points for listing items
The formatting of your resume is incredibly important. Keep in mind that your potential employer will be reading through several resumes and therefore you want his or her time reading your resume to be maximized. If information is not presented clearly, it may take the reader longer to navigate your content. The applicant has failed to use bullet points in her experience section, and thus the text seems a bit sloppy. Notice the difference in these two formats: WRONG: Instructor 06/2013 to 08/2013 Little Burgundy Farm Alexandria, VA Clarified concepts of riding. Instituted safe riding and horse handling. Demonstrated basic horse care. Consulted clients. Mentored young riders. Furthered the abilities of students. Evaluated incoming clients. Scheduled lessons. Reported progress of riders and horses. Promoted the lesson program. Schooled lesson horses. Camp Counselor 06/2011 to 08/2011 Camp Highroad Middleburg, VA Responsible for the safety and well- being of 10- 12 campers 24-7 for one week at a time. Guided campers to various camp activities. Supervised safe equine activities. Instructed in basic riding and horsemanship skills. Encouraged teamwork. Lead group devotionals.Promoted a positive camp experience and mentored campers by serving as a role model. RIGHT: Instructor 06/2013 to 08/2013 Little Burgundy Farm Alexandria, VA
Camp Counselor 06/2011 to 08/2011 Camp Highroad Middleburg, VA
Notice how simply adding bullet points immediately improves the readability of the content.
Avoid using color
Although you want your resume to stand apart from others, using color and different fonts in your resume is not the best way to do this. Remember that your resume should remain as professional as possible, and some employers may be distracted by the use of color. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and learn more about the services available to you today.