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Applying for a new position means making the strongest first impression possible with an excellent resume. To help you out with this, we have reviewed a General Contractor sample resume and highlighted areas that could be improved. Be sure to pay attention to these changes and avoid making the same common mistakes on your own resume.
The summary is your opportunity to showcase an overview of your skill sets and professional experiences. Many applicants tend to overlook the potential of a well-crafted summary; however, this section has the potential to set you apart from other candidates and can also inspire the employer to keep reading your application. When writing your summary, consider it to be somewhat of a sales pitch that you are making. Be sure to use vivid descriptions and concise fragments that you want to be associated with your work profile. In this sample resume, the applicant could improve his summary by using more descriptive language and adding a few more lines. Keep in mind that summaries can be up to 6 lines long.
Include more skills
Another area of this sample resume that could be expanded upon is the skills section. Ideally, when using the table format as this applicant has correctly done, each column should have at least 3-4 items but no more than 8. That gives room for the applicant of this sample resume to list more relevant skills. This section is a great way to pack your resume with key phrases that you want to be associated with. There can be a mixture of soft skills and specific skills mentioned, but always be wary of using generic words such as excellent. You must keep in mind that the employer will be reading several resumes and you can expect that other resumes will be filled with similar generic phrases.
Perhaps the most important step in writing an excellent resume is proofreading your work. This is not only to catch grammar and spelling mistakes, but also to comb through the entire document and makes sure even the smallest of details are consistent. Such details include capitalization, punctuation, and tenses. For example, in this sample resume the applicant has used past tense when discussing a current position. This is a minor blunder, but improving it will immediately strengthen the quality and consistency of your writing. Notice the difference between these two entries: WRONG: Work History Owner / General Contractor, 03/2000 Self / Lone Star Designs Hurst, TX.
RIGHT: Work History Owner / General Contractor, 03/2000 Self / Lone Star Designs Hurst, TX.
Notice how simple edits can significantly improve the quality of writing. Because you are describing your professional qualifications, you want to make sure your writing is equally professional.
High school information not necessary
Unless you are 18 or younger, supplying your high school information is not necessary. Education is an important section if you can supply information about a degree or relevant coursework, but otherwise it is not needed. Don’t hesitate to contact the professionals for some help with your resume writing. Be sure to check out QuintCareer’s Resume Builder and learn more about the services available to you today.