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No matter what industry you are in, your resume has the potential to make or break your job prospects. Because writing an effective resume takes some thought, weve given you a boost. We showed a few experts a Fast Food Cashier resume sample to point out mistakes that frequently pop up so you dont make them. Read the next few paragraphs to get a head start on writing a resume that gets you in the door for interviews.
Keep an eye out for spacing
In the days of typewriters, it was common practice to space twice after periods. Now, you need to stick with one space. To see what happens when you dont space at all, check out the Experience section of this resume sample. The lack of spaces after periods leads to a cramped feel and no easy transition from sentence to sentence. It also signals an inattention to accepted resume format.
Use bullet points
In a resume, you use paragraph format only for the summary or professional overview section. In this sample, the spacing after periods in that section is fine. How should this job applicant break up the cluttered feel of the Experience section? Bullet points. Use them to separate your job functions, and try for five to eight points per job. Avoid repeating the same words, and begin each bullet point with a strong action word. Stay away from phrases that start with words such as accountable for and responsible for. Last but not least, back to periods. You should use them at the end of each bullet point. Never use semicolons!
When you write about a job you have right now, describe it in present tense. The exception is when you received awards or special recognition on the job; describe these in past tense. Write about previous jobs in past tense. In this resume sample, from how the job is dated, it appears that the applicant is still working at Taco Bell. Therefore, she needs to write about her work in present tense. She also needs to make clear she still works there in the date section.
Adverbs are not your friends
Its easy to use adverbs; after all, you work promptly and professionally, so whats wrong with putting that in a resume? The problem is that adverbs are vague and take up important space. Its much better to switch them out with action verbs or quantifiable metrics. When in doubt, just skip them altogether. With the preceding few paragraphs in mind, heres how the Experience section could look better. WRONG Took necessary steps to meet customer needs and effectively resolve food or service issues.Recorded customer orders and repeated them back in a clear, understandable manner.Resolved guest complaints promptly and professionally.Communicated clearly and positively with co-workers and management.Quickly and efficiently processed payments and made accurate change. IMPROVED
No one but this job candidate knows exactly what her adverbs mean, so the descriptions above can, and should, be made even stronger. However, you get a good idea of what to do.
Check for repetiton
There are a few other issues with this sample. For one, the applicant says she is conversant in English and Spanish, and on the next line, says she is fluent in Spanish. This information is repetitive and further gives the impression she may not be fluent in English. In this case, she should simply say she is fluent in English and Spanish, and leave out the bullet about being conversant. Writing an impressive Fast Food Cashier resume is easy as long as you know what you are doing. Check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder today for insight into making your resume shine.