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You may think your current resume is pretty good, but there could be egregious errors you are unaware of. Before starting your next job hunt, take the time to learn about proper resume formatting and what material needs to be included. To help you out with this, our experts read and examined a high school paraprofessional resume sample and found some general tips that can be applied to your own resume.
Stick to talking about separate achievements in Accomplishments section
If you are going to have a section of your resume devoted to your various accomplishments, then you want to be sure each one belongs there. This resume sample contains information about how he earned his Associate of Arts and Bachelor degrees. This is material that is repeated underneath Education, and you definitely want to avoid being redundant when applying for a new job. You want to talk about aspects of your professional life that are not mentioned anywhere else and deserve to be in their own separate space.
Add bullet points to Accomplishments and Experience
This sample resume almost formats those two sections correctly, but in order to make it abundantly clear when one point ends and another one starts you want to include bullet points. They are simple to add if they are not there already. This will make the information given for those portions much easier to read and get through.
Present tense should be used for current jobs
Three points are given for this sample’s only job, and they are all written incorrectly. It is stated that he currently works at Perth Amboy High School, yet all of the statements are written in the past tense. You do not want an employer to think you do not care about the details, so use correct grammar at all times. If we were to rewrite all three points, then they would go like this:
Have a period at the end of each bullet point under Experience
This goes back to having a keen eye for detail, but you should always have each bullet point under your work history end with a period. Many people make the mistake of not having anything, which is the case for this resume sample. Some people even go so far as to have each point end with a semicolon, which is not correct at all. Periods are the way to go.
Include as many specific details as you can
This rule takes a couple different forms on this sample resume. First, you should always try to have somewhere between five and eight bullet points for every place of work listed under Experience, and unfortunately, this sample only gives three for the only job. In addition to adding at least two more bullet points, the writer may also want to consider doing a better job of including quantifiable details. A resume should not read like a general job description, and you want to add as many specific aspects of your work that solely pertain to you. A hiring manager is going to potentially read dozens of resumes for a single opening, so you want to make yourself stand out in his or her mind and not have your resume blend in with all the rest. If you are ready to take your resume to the next level, then take the advice given by our experts to heart. There is a lot more to learn about proper resume writing than what is given here, so take a look at QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to learn more.