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Relevant experience should always come first
A resume is designed to showcase the most relevant experience, skills, and traits first. This applicant chose to highlight their coaching experience below their Summary section. Because this is irrelevant to a substitute teacher position, it should be included in a Volunteer Work section at the bottom of the resume or in the Experience section.
Bullet points are necessary in listed information
Whenever details are being listed, it’s important to use bullet points to clearly mark them. It makes a resume much easier to read. This applicant doesn’t use bullet points in various places on the resume, most notably in the Experience and Skills sections. To fix this, he would need to make sure each separate idea had its own bullet point.
Certifications should be in their own section beneath Experience
Andrew lists certification tests in his Skills and Accomplishments section. These would be better placed in a Certifications and Licenses section below Education or included in the Education section. He would also need to remove the dates the tests were passed. WRONG: Skills and Accomplishments CBEST passed December 2009 CSET subtest 1 passed July 2013 CSET subtest 2 passed December 2012 CSET subtest 3 passed November 2012 RIGHT: Certifications and Licenses
Between 5 and 8 job details should be included in Experience
Any time you list a job on a resume, it needs between 5 and 8 points to follow. This applicant only includes a couple of points. Andrew needs to come up with more duties to flesh it out.
Dates of employment are always necessary
Never forget to include dates of employment when writing a job entry. Andrew forgets to include dates, which gives the reader no idea how much experience he actually has. He’d need to fix this by going back and including the start and end dates.
GPAs should not be included
GPAs are useful if graduation was recent and you don’t have a lot of experience. This applicant, however, graduated several years ago. He would need to remove his GPA.
Coursework should not be included if a degree was obtained
If you have coursework that is different from the degree you received but relevant to the position you’re applying for, then it should be included. However, this applicant lists coursework that would obviously be included in a Sociology program. This information should be excluded.
Education should be listed chronologically with newest first
Anything listed on a resume needs to be formatted so that the newest information is seen first. In the Education section, the applicant lists current studies last. He would fix this by switching the order of his education entries and formatting the dates in the same way. WRONG: Education Norfolk State University2009 Bachelor of Arts: Sociology Norfolk, VA, USA 2.7 GPA ( 3.3 GPA upper division classwork). Minor/Concentration in Criminal Justice. Coursework in Psychology and Sociology. Dean’s List Senior year for Fall and Spring Term. Internship with Norfolk Police Department. Azusa Pacific University Mild/Moderate SPED Murrieta, CA, USA Currently enrolled in Mild/Moderate SPED program on Murrieta Campus for APU. RIGHT: Education Azusa Pacific University In Progress Mild/Moderate SPED Murrieta, CA, USA Currently enrolled in Mild/Moderate SPED program on Murrieta Campus for APU. Norfolk State University 2009 Bachelor of Arts: Sociology Norfolk, VA, USA Now that you have some of the secrets to a great resume, it’s time to apply them to your own. In just a few minutes, QuintCareer’s Resume Builder can help you create a resume that is sure to make you standout.