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Having the ability to effectively and concisely represent your skills and experiences in a resume is important. This document will likely be the only piece of information employers will use when deciding whether or not to call you for an interview. Ensure yours is a strong as possible by taking a look at the common mistakes that were made on this funeral home representative resume sample.
Manage your summary
The first section you will write is the summary. You can call it an overview or Career Focus as it is here, but you need to remember that you are just providing a general outline of several aspects of your abilities. It is incredibly common for resume writers to make their summary too short, but this one has the opposite problem. Either way, you should be aiming for about four lines. Total, this resume is just the right length, so shortening the summary should be paired with extending some other section. Take a look at the actual content of the summary: Detail-oriented Marketing Manager with excellent grief counseling skills and extensive social media marketing experience. Motivated Marketing Manager with over 30 years marketing and product development experience, enabling startup and established companies to increase leads and revenue. Instead of listing goals or objectives, it provides general information about skills, length of experience, and even includes information about benefits other employers have enjoyed. This is what the content of your summary should look like.
Fill out your experience section
It is important that your work experience section is of appropriate length. This can be difficult, especially for those that have only had one or two jobs. This resume has an experience section that is too short, but it was smart about it. Other sections have been increased for the total length is still correct. Ultimately, the most important factor is how good it looks at a glance. If it does not look like there is a problem with wasted space, it is just as good as having the sections long enough. This is a serviceable work-around, but it would be even better if the section was extended. The standard is five to eight bullet points for each position. If the writer could manage that, it would not be too long or too short, and the other sections could also be kept at the right length. Always remember to start each point with a strong action verb. It should look like this: Funeral Home Representative Feb 1999 to Mar 2013 Johnson and Jenkins Funeral Home – Washington, DC
Be careful of extra sections
It is important to note that two optional sections were added for length reasons. This is another choice you can make if your resume is too short. These sections are the Accomplishments and Professional Affiliations sections. Make sure that if you include this information, you have points that are worthwhile. This resume accomplishes this task, but it does run the risk of too much fluffy information and less hard information giving the whole resume a false appearance. Be sure that you have the heart of the resume, which is the skills and work history, strong before adding less relevant sections to fill space. That being said, adding these sections, and the overall execution of these suctions, was very successful in this particular resume. Use these tips and expert advice, as well as the LiveCareer Resume Builder to get started on your resume. With our help, you can create a resume that will attract the attention of employers.