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When updating a professional resume, small errors in format, grammar and content can spell the difference between receiving an interview invitation and not. To ensure your resume stands out from the stack, consider our experts’ advice regarding this housekeeper resume sample. Incorporate the suggestions into your revision to take your resume to new heights.
Extend the Summary
What is the purpose of a summary? The summary is similar to an elevator pitch. To be clear, an elevator pitch gives you 30 seconds to convince someone to invest in you. This will be the first section the hiring manager reads and it is also the only section that doesn’t warrant short phrases paired with bullets. As such, take advantage of the space. The standard length for this section is 4-6 lines or phrases. In the sample, you can see the applicant has only two phrases. It is important to note, the candidate has great information in this section and as far as the phrases are concerned, she follows the standard resume format. She writes in the first person and uses short phrases filled with key skills that would help her be an excellent housekeeper. To make this section stronger, she should use more strong action words to begin her phrases and include a bit more information: Experienced and meticulous housekeeper skilled with residential and commercial cleaning practices and equipment. Trained and focused professional with demonstrated ability to work independently and achieve high levels of success. Flexible team player with strong interpersonal and organizational capabilities. Proficient time manager who is quick to adapt to changing environments and is driven by results.
Accomplishments: Fill It or Skip It
After the Highlights or Skills section, you have the opportunity to insert an Accomplishments section. Generally, the bullets in this section should be quantifiable or tangible. For example, you should list items like winning an award for high sales or significantly increasing your employer’s efficiency. Try to include specific information like the date of your award or increased production by 30 percent. Additionally, if you don’t have at least three bullets here, don’t include the section. In the sample, the applicant lists skills that echo her Highlights section. There aren’t any quantifiable or tangible achievements listed. As such, we suggest she eliminate this section and perhaps transfer the information into the Highlights section above.
Use Bullets Instead of Paragraphs
Outside of the professional summary, bullets are the order of the day. Resumes are intended to be a telling snapshot of your professional capabilities. Ideally, your resume will scan very well and deliver important information quickly. Bullets are the best way to accomplish this goal. In the education section however, the applicant uses paragraphs. Like with the summary, she provides great information in the right phrase format. All she needs to do is add bullets to the descriptions. For example: Residential Cleaning Self Employed Bellingham WA
Notice, the above revision use periods to punctuate each phrase and follows the standard rule of 5-8 bullets per job description. This ensures you have ample space to relay your past responsibilities without overcrowding the area with too much information. If you want to make the most of your existing resume, use these suggestions and pieces of advice as you edit your documents. For extra help or access to sleek and professional templates, use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.