Resume writing is at the core of searching for a job. If you are looking for help in creating a resume that will get the attention of employers, LiveCareer can help. We have compiled expert advice and tips, as well as provided samples, so you can know exactly where to get started. Take advantage of this facilities manager resume sample to learn what the common resume writing mistakes are.
Organizing the skills section
The second section that you include in your resume should outline your skills and abilities. This should take the form of a bulleted list. The skills section in this outline will give you a good idea of the kind of pieces of information that you should include, but it also makes a few mistakes. First, it should be a single section, instead of being divided into Skills and Technical skills. Understand that covering both of these kinds of skills is very effective, and even expected of you, but they do not need their own section. Secondly, the bullets should be organized into two columns of three or four points each. This sample organizes the information incorrectly, but it also has too many points. This is especially a problem when the resume is as long as it is.
Creating the experience section
The experience section is the most important in your resume, which is why it is vital that you get to it quickly. In this section, you should list each position you have held and include five to eight bullet points below each one. Employers will expect more information if a position was held for an especially long time, such as the facilities manager position seen here. However, there is no excuse for a position having a single bullet, as the maintenance assistant position does. A few of the pieces of information should be moved to the latter position. Additionally, it is important that your experience section is formatted correctly. Each point should start with a strong action verb. Watch out for phrases like Responsible for which feel like verbs, but are not actually. Finally, ensure that your older jobs are written in past tense and the current position is in present tense.
The accomplishments section
The accomplishments section can be an effective tool for communicating about yourself, but it is ultimately an optional inclusion. With a long resume, such as this one, it may not be necessary to add optional sections. If you decide that your resume would benefit from this information, be sure that you have at least three bullet points. With any less than that, it simply is not worth dedicated the space on the page to the section. Additionally, an Accomplishments section should be just after the skills section and before the experiences. Certifications is also an optional section, but it belongs at the end of the resume, alongside any other miscellaneous optional sections.
Handling the length of your resume
Finally, the length of your resume is important. You need to be able to fit it on a single page unless you are covering more than 10 years of experience, as this sample resume is. Even in this situation, however, you need to ensure the extra space is warranted. The resume is long, but the experience section is still average length. If you are going to go over, it is the information about your experiences that should push it to two pages. Your resume is such an important part of searching for a job, so be sure that you create one that is up to the high standard employers have. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and other tips to get started on a strong resume.