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The best way to land a job interview is to hand in a stellar resume. We’ve contacted our career experts in order to get knowledgeable feedback about how real resumes can be improved. The suggestions we present here can help you craft your own resume, so that you can put your best foot forward and get the job you want.
List education in descending chronological order
Education should always be listed with the most recent degree first, and all other degrees listed underneath in descending order. This helps ensure that the hiring manager won’t skip an important degree you’ve received, because the highest will receive top billing. With this in mind, the education section in the example should be changed as follows: Wrong: Bachelor of Science : Biology, May 2008 Midwestern State University ? Wichita Falls, TX 8-12 Life Science Teaching Certification : December 2011 Bachelor of Science : Psychology, December 2009 Midwestern State University ? Wichita Falls, TX Public Health, July 2009 Midwestern State University Queen Mary’s Univers ? Wichita Falls, TX Right: 8-12 Life Science Teaching Certification: December 2011 Bachelor of Science: Psychology, December 2009 Midwestern State University ? Wichita Falls, TX Public Health, July 2009 Midwestern State University Queen Mary’s University ? Wichita Falls, TX Bachelor of Science: Biology, May 2008 Midwestern State University ? Wichita Falls, TX As you can see, we also fixed the spelling error for Midwestern State University Queen Mary’s University. Simple spelling and grammar errors can make a resume look highly unprofessional.
Change additional information to Honors and Awards
This applicant listed a number of honors and awards but put them under a miscellaneous additional information section. To better highlight what information is in this section, it should be titled with something more specific. The applicant should also use bullet points to break up the information. Wrong: Additional Information
Right: Honors and Awards
Now the information is presented in a much more digestible manner, and the hiring manager will know what type of information will be found in this section.
Add a skills section
It’s not absolutely crucial to have a skills section, but it can help point out what sets you apart from other applicants. Since this applicant’s resume is less than a full page, a skills section would help fill up the empty space with useful information. Some of the types of information that can be listed in the skills section are as follows: Skills
These are specific qualities that relate to the job the applicant is applying for.
Organize categories by order of importance
Lastly, the applicant would be better served by reordering all of his or her categories. The professional overview should be listed first, then skills, followed by experience, education, and honors and awards. This order ensures that the hiring manager will read the information in order of importance. The information presented here can help you craft your own high school science teacher resume. For even more expert help, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to create a well-crafted resume in just a few minutes.