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LiveCareer is available to help you create a strong resume. This document is like the only piece of information that employers will use to decide whether or not they want to call you for an interview. Be sure that you accurately and effectively represent your skills and abilities. Use this GE energy machine operator resume sample to see what the common mistakes are so you can avoid them.
There is simply no room for small typographical errors in your resume. It is very simple to fix, so any that remain make you look very bad and unprofessional. Once you finish writing, you should always go through and proofread for any small mistakes. Things like the double periods at the end of the first sentence in the accomplishments section are one thing, but forgetting to bullet one of the points in the accomplishments section is another. This kind of mistake not only ruins the consistency of your resume, which is one of the most important aspects to maintain, but it also affects the readability of it. This error is silly and there is no reason it should remain in the resume after completion.
Manage your summary
The summary seems simple, but it is actually one of the most commonly incorrect sections. One of the most common mistakes is listing your goals instead of an overview. This resume does not suffer from this problem, but it is too short. You should try to get your summary to about four lines. The content of this summary is, more or less, right, but there should certainly be more of it. Additionally, the writer should consider taking the personal pronouns out. This is the only section where you can get away with using words like I and my, but it is typically recommended against. If you are trying to add a personal touch to your resume, it can be effective, but make sure you are actively trying to accomplish that, and not haphazardly including them. Take a look at the second sentence: Strategic problem-solver who seamlessly works across all levels of an organization to improve operations. This is a strong, professional thought. Each sentence in your resume should look like this one.
Format your experiences consistently
There are a couple ways the experience section could be improved, but the most important is to add consistency. It is recommended that you format this section as a bulleted list, but it is better to write in paragraph form than to split the information between a list and a paragraph. The information should be organized into bullets and spread out better. Notice that the middle position only has a single point. If the writer has this little to say about that job, it should not even be included. Aim for five to eight bullets for each position, though you can include less or more depending on how recent and important each is. Thirdly, keep this section professional. Including points like Second day on the job, Trainer was absent and I worked independently. is unnecessary and unprofessional, as well as too specific. Employers are not interested in individual moments like this, but rather extended patterns of hard work and high performance. Finally, make sure the formatting is correct. You should start each bullet point with a strong action verb, and write in past tense unless you are writing about a position currently held. You should also never include personal pronouns in this section, such as the I worked independently in the example above. Take advantage of QuintCareer’s advice and resume builder tool to create a resume that will earn you an interview. We want to help you create a resume that represents who you are.