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Resume samples and expert advice can provide enormous help in constructing the best resume youll need to apply for a new career. To help you with this important process, weve taken a sample resume and have consulted with resume experts to point out areas that could use improvement. Notice these mistakes and learn how to prevent making them yourself. Before you know it, your resume will be ready to impress your future employer.
Always use bullets when making lists
A first glance at this sample resume shows a lot of information. Employers may not have the time to read through every sentence, and thus the best way to capture their attention is through bulleting and concise phrases. Notice the difference in these two excerpts: WRONG: Accomplishments At the onset of my time at Lowe’s, I did several news interviews with TV channel 30. This featured simple decorating ideas for the holidays up to dorm room make-overs. I enjoyed being able to teach a wide range of people all at once. I still have customers who remember seeing me on the news with Janet Peckinpah, following some of the segments with Bob Villa. I am confident in advice that I offer, I’ve had a great deal of training. I have received numerous customer service awards, in any department in which I’ve worked. Experience Store Manager April 1997 to July 2000Frederick’s of Hollywood ? Manchester, CT Described use and operation of merchandise to customers.Received and processed cash and credit payments for in-store purchases.Opened and closed the store, including counting cash, opening and closing cash registers and creating staff assignments.Shared product knowledge with customers while making personal recommendations.Worked as a team member to provide the highest level of service to customers.Maintained friendly and professional customer interactions. RIGHT: Accomplishments
Experience Store Manager April 1997 to July 2000Frederick’s of Hollywood ? Manchester, CT
Dramatically decreasing the text will in no way detract from your resume. In fact, overly-worded resumes are often ignored by employers. These concise bulleted points have potential enough to intrigue a follow-up interview.
Include education background
This applicant has not listed any education information. Education is of course not everything, but employers should be able to find your academic experience somewhere on the resume. Missing information may look suspicious or forgetful.
Avoid using the first person
This applicant has used the first person throughout the resume, which gives off an informal tone. You should be able to write your resume as though you were writing about another person. Notice the difference in these two statements: WRONG: I am currently employed as a full-time associate at Lowe’s Home Improvement, in our paint department. I have been working at this site since it opened over 13 years ago RIGHT: Dedicated full-time painter for 13 years seeking challenges and rewards of a retail environment Notice how the second statement is brief, professional, and relevant to the position applied for. Trust your resume to a team of experts and send it in for reviewing, just as we have done to the resume of this sample applicant. Using LiveCareer can ensure that you have the best chance possible and proceeding to the first interview.