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You may think of your resume as a conversation between you and a company, but don’t let that prevent you from making it the best resume it could be. Learning from sample resumes is a great place to start so you can learn what’s needed to make your resume great.
Don’t Let Your Resume Contradict Itself
In our sample fast food restaurant manager resume, the applicant says he pushes the standards to evaluate those around him. But in the previous sentence, there was a capitalization error where he forgot to capitalize the I. A mistake like this immediately preceding a sentence about raising the standards on others makes it seem like the applicant will be harsh on others but will not take the time to double check his own resume.
Make Sure Your Summary is Professional
Here is the summary from the sample resume we reviewed: My name is Juan Vxxx. I’m a very outgoing guy and looking for challenges every day. I enjoy my job in the restaurant business due to the fact i like to work with people and put smiles on my guest that come in. I push the standards to elevate those around me. I’m versatile and quickly can adjust to change. Stating his name in the summary is redundant and entirely unnecessary because his name is clearly printed at the top of the page. The main problem here, though, is that the tone of the summary is far too conversational. The information in this summary is not necessarily bad, but could be reworded into a much more effective summary. For example, I’m a very outgoing guy could have been word as I have an outgoing personality or simply Outgoing personality (sentence fragments that begin with an action word are acceptable in the summary). The next few sentences could be reworded into brief, professional statements like: My passion for the restaurant industry and my love for working with people helps ensure that my staff and I adhere to high standards. Note that every sentence in the above summary also starts with I. This is repetitive and can make you seem self-centered. Here’s what a more professional summary would look like with the above suggestions implemented: I have an outgoing personality and I am always ready for challenges. My passion for the restaurant industry and my love for working with people helps ensure that my staff and I adhere to high standards. I’m versatile and adjust to change quickly.
Organizing and Proofreading
Make sure your content is well-organized. Categorize your strengths and experiences into similar groups so that they make sense. Make sure that each section is consistent. For example, use the same tense for each phrase in your list. Think of it like each item in your list is actually a different ending to the same sentence. To illustrate this point, review the list below from our sample resume: 2 years in management experienced Customer focused interpersonal savvy These points could not be placed at the end of the same sentence. If it helps your process, you can write out the sentence before you make the list. For example, Juan has two years of management experience, a customer focused outlook, and interpersonal communication skills. Each set of skills fits nicely into that sentence because each skill is worded so that it makes sense. In list form, it looks like this: Skills Two years of management experience. A Customer focused outlook Interpersonal communication skills. You now have the basics you need in order to start working on your resume. To help get your resume out of your head and on paper, use Live Career’s Resume Builder.