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Whether you are seeking a higher-paying position within the same career field or you’re jumping into another one, a resume needs to follow the right pattern and rules in order for it to give a great first impression. Many times, a resume can put off an employer because of commonly-made mistakes, so we’ve asked our experts to help you out. Check out their solutions to the errors found in this help desk specialist resume sample to help perfect your own.
Formatting the summary section
Right away, Donald has a very outdated error on his resume: the objective section. This section is no longer used on resumes and has since been replaced by the professional summary. The summary section should always be used to sell an applicant’s most valuable skills and experience to employers. It needs to be four to six lines in length and only discuss attributes that are relevant to the position for which the writer is applying. All of it needs to be written in first person and with active verbs to keep it lively and interesting.
Formatting the accomplishments section
An accomplishment section should only exist if an applicant has three or more notable or measurable achievements. This includes any metric data, promotions or awards obtained during the length of a career. None of the items Donald lists in this section are appropriate, and instead should be listed elsewhere on the resume. Two skills should be included in the core strengths section, and the rest of the details should go with the employment history item they pertain to.
Pay attention to tense
Tense is easily forgotten about, but the best resumes don’t skip over this proofreading step. All current employment needs to have verbs written in present tense form, and all past employment needs verbs written in past tense form. Donald has a mix for each job, so he would need to make sure his verbs follow this pattern.
Formatting the work experience section
The experience section contains an error that any employer would find both obvious and aggravating. There are no bullet points that separate the job duties from the job details, and there clearly aren’t enough points that will give employers a good idea of what kind of work Donald participated in. Donald would need to fix this by giving a bullet point to each duty for every job, while also making sure to write five to eight details that best represent his time at each job. WRONG: Work Experience Zeal DJ Network Provide DJ and Audio Production services. Interface with customers. Public Speaking. Media Director/Web Designer/DJ Frank’s of Brockton Creation and maintenance of multimedia computer system. Design and maintenance of company website. Creation of lighting macros using Martin Light Jockey. Live sound reinforcement. Public Speaking. DJ Club Alex’s of Stoughton Provide DJ services for the club. Live sound reinforcement. Public Speaking. Media Production Intern Entercom Boston Creation of production elements for radio broadcast.Interact with station callers. Perform spot logging. Maintenance of music logs. RIGHT: Work Experience Zeal DJ Network
Media Director/Web Designer/DJ Frank’s of Brockton
DJ Club Alex’s of Stoughton
Media Production Intern Entercom Boston
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