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Your resume is a huge factor in whether you will get a job or not. It sells you to potential employers. That is why it is essential to ensure that it is packed full of good information and free from any errors. To help you out, we consulted with the experts to look over this hotel and restaurant management resume sample and pick out some of the common mistakes in it, so you are aware of them and won’t make them yourself.
Follow a Standard Organization Method
Resumes are generally written in a standardized format. There are a couple different formats used, but they still follow a general order that is recognized by hiring manager is all fields. In addition, these formats are created so the most important information is very easy to read and so it stands out. Having these standard formats makes it much easier to write and read resumes. Since hiring managers don’t usually have a lot of time to spend reading each resume and usually have stacks of resumes to work through, it is essential to follow a standard format. With this in mind, our sample resume is kind of a mess when it comes to format. It isn’t following any generally accepted format and the information is rather confusing to read and follow. Fixing this resume is a matter of reorganizing the sections. In general, the sections of a resume go in this order: *Summary *Skills *Accomplishments *Experience *Education
Use Proper Headings
The headings in a resume are very important. They allow the person reading it to easily navigate it and know what information is where. If they are most interested in skills, they can easily find the skills section thanks to the heading and read it, while just briefly scanning all the other sections. While it may be tempting to get creative with headings, this is not a good idea. There are certain standard headings that should be used because they are widely recognized. You want to do everything possible to ensure your resume is easy to read, and using proper headings is just one way to do that. A difficult to read resume is a resume that is likely not to be read at all. In our sample resume, the headings are confusing and not actually serving a purpose because the information in the resume isn’t organized correctly. For example, the skills section starts off with a job entry that should go under experience. The lists here aren’t even skills. They are job duties, so this section really is more of the experience section and not the skills section, as labeled. Then the work experience and accomplishments are combined, which is not how this should be done. These should be separate sections. This resume could benefit from being completely reorganized to ensure sections have proper headings and the information in the sections match those headings.
Skills and Experience Are Not the Same
As mentioned above, the skills section of our resume is actually more like an experience section because it is listing job duties. A proper skills section should not list duties or things associated with a specific job. This is the place to list your general skills that would work for any job in your chosen field. The skills should be listed in a two column format with 3-8 skills listed in each column. Skills should be written using key words and should be short. Avoid using sentences in the skills list. Now that you are familiar with some common mistakes made in resumes, you can begin to put together a standout resume of your own. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to help you create a winning resume.