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Include a summary section
At the very beginning of your resume, before any other section, include a summary of your skills and experiences. This will introduce your resume, and create a first impression with employers. Your summary also acts to hook readers to get them to read further. You should include information about skills you have developed, your previous working experience including how long you have been working, and any unique professional traits that you think will set you apart from all the other applicants. Try to focus on what you can bring to the table that no one else can. Total, your summary should be about four lines long. Unfortunately, this sample resume writer forgot to include their summary.
Creating your experience section
After listing your skills in a highlight section, you will detail your previous work history in an experience section. This is the most important part of your resume and is the section that you are trying to get the reader through. The experiences listed in this sample are very strong. Notice that every single point starts with a strong action verb, such as Reviewed, Facilitated, or Administered. The section may be improved slightly by altering the last two positions, because they are very similar as is. The biggest mistake, however, is the currently held position. This is the one position that should be listed in present tense, but it should also be your longest section. Because it is your current job, employers are going to be looking to see what you have learned from this one specifically. Most should include five to eight bullet points, but your current position should have slightly more.
Which sections to include
It may seem difficult to decide which sections to include in your resume. However, a standard has been established that you simply need to follow. This standard includes the specific sections, as well as the order of sections. Your resume should look like this: Summary, skills highlight, experiences, education. In addition to these, you can choose to include an optional section or two. The accomplishments section in this resume is an appropriate extra section that you can choose to add. The extra Skills section at the end, however, is unnecessary and should be removed. The information found within can be included in the highlights section. This extra section is essentially a repetition of the highlights section anyway, which is the main reason it should be removed.
Managing the length of your resume is also very important. Typically, you should be able to fit your entire resume on a single page, but it is okay to spill onto a second page only if you are covering more than 10 years of work history. Otherwise, you must keep your resume limited to one page. However, if you do have a longer history, you should only use two pages if your content justifies it. Some of the information seen here is repetitive or unnecessary. It may be better to shorten it slightly, especially at the end of the experiences section, to make the entire resume one page long. To create a resume that is up to the high standard that employers have, be sure to take advantage of all the tips and advice LiveCareer has provided. Use the Resume Builder tool to start organizing your information.